Stitches I missed doing. It’s 5:50 p.m. EST here in Baltimore and I’m determined to get the last of the stitches posted before the end of the year.
Because I need to make some potholders, being unable to find ordinary cotton ones to buy, I thought I would use this project to stitch the TAST stitches I had not done. I took a piece of denim from an old skirt I had cut up and drew lines on it for faux patchwork. My intention was to embellish these mock seams with combinations of the stitches, but several things got in the way.
First, I came across some forgotten fabric in a closet that I prefer for the potholders. Second, learning the new stitches took much longer than I expected. It was all I could do to work this much before the year ended.
If you click on the image, you will go to Flickr where you can see the stitches identified in notes on the photograph. They include chained bar, Spanish knotted, berry, chain braid, knotted cable chain, Pekinese, Spanish feather, twisted satin and beaded twisted satin, and reverse buttonhole. The stitches are crude because I definitely hadn’t mastered them and just pressed on to finish. I think I may continue stitching on this sampler, maybe even unstitch and do some over. But, anyhow, I finished TAST. And, as Sharonb says, “I’m still standing.” 🙂
I’ve just reviewed the whole year of TAST. Although I began the challenge with a lot of enthusiasm and motivation, that drained away as I felt increasingly pressured to work with a new stitch every week. Initially, I produced some interesting small pieces, but later in the year, it was all I could do to practice a few stitches on a practice cloth. With my diminished energy level and limited time for activity, keeping up with TAST became more duty than pleasure.
I found, also, that I enjoy experimenting with familiar stitches, seeing what I can do with them, more than I enjoy having to learn a new stitch on schedule. As the year progressed, the stitches became more complex and it took me a lot of time to figure out how to do them. Then there was no time to use them in any pleasing way. So I got frustrated.
I’m glad I participated in the TAST challenge. It brought me some new friends, the chance to see lots of wonderful stitching done by others, the encouragement to blog, and additions to my stitch vocabulary. But the pace was too fast for me. Much as I once enjoyed working under pressure and meeting deadlines, I don’t any more. I prefer working at my own slow pace, taking as much time as I need to get the results I want, and not having to be on a schedule. Also, TAST left me no time for projects I’ve long had in mind and want to work on.