Getting ready for SharonB’s TSTC 2007

What will I be stitching on?

My traditional 36-40 count linen with silk floss, 100/3 and perle cottons “on grid”. My experimental fabrics and threads “off grid”.

How am I going to keep everything from the challenge together?

I’ve decided to capture everything in a 12″ x 12″ scrapbook. While working on my last design class lesson, I came across these size books, sheet protectors and pages at one of the local craft stores.

Why this method?

First, I like the idea of pulling out a page and taking that one page with me to use for a reference while stitching something else.

Second, I like the fact that I could tab the stitch and add to that stitch information after the challenge is over. I can also move the stitch sections around later to group everything according to stitch families.

Third, I like the size of the book. One of my design teacher’s constant admonishments to me was, “work larger”. 12″ x 12″ may not seem large to you, but it is my start at “huge”!

Fourth, I can sew a lot of my surged samples to pages in my idea book like I did for my design class. It’s a fast finish, allows me to turn up the sample to see the back and if there is room to stitch a bit more later on the sample, it is easily pulled off, stitched and threaded back on the sheet.

Fifth, the sheet protectors can hold everything from my supplies and tools for a pick up and go trip to my loose trial sheets, scribbles and cloths.

Sixth, I want keep Sharon b’s introductions and tips on the stitch as well as those I find from other stitchers as the week progresses. I can quickly rubber cement those onto the scrapbook pages.

And then the last thing, the if and when I have time thing, I’d like to work on making a reference sheet for designs I or others have used the stitch in and books that I’ve read dealing with the stitch.

Am I buying any new threads or fabrics?

Not yet, but I expect to and am looking forward to that! 

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