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Community stitch challenge week one: Sue Stone

Community stitch challenge week one: Sue Stone

The Community Stitch Challenge is now LIVE!

Join the Stitch Challenge Facebook group to get involved and get stitching

What is the community stitch challenge?

In the face of social distancing and self-isolation it’s a sad fact that spending time in-person with others who share your passion for textiles has become an impossibility.

Maybe you’ve been looking forward to a stitch workshop that’s been cancelled? Or perhaps your local embroidery group is no longer able to meet?

And we know how disappointing that can be.

Wishing everyone stays safe and healthy. I would have been joining you on your workshop at the Ropeworks today, so sad to miss that but hope we can go ahead in November as planned.

Pat Lumb

And without regular connections with your stitch sisters it can be easy to become demotivated and lose your creative spark.

But we’ve been truly inspired by many stitchers like you and your determination to stay positive.

Soooo grateful for this stitching community and everyone’s posts and wonderful work! I feel that when we do anything creative, the energy it carries opposes the fear and anxiety which so many of us are experiencing right now. Take good care everyone.

Mary Bragg

And that’s why we’re teaming up with some amazing embroidery artists to bring you the community stitch challenge.

What is the community stitch challenge?

The community stitch challenge is a 100% free way for you to connect with other passionate embroiderers within the community and take part in a shared stitch experience.

Every Monday for the next five weeks a different textile artist will deliver a burst of inspiration especially for you in the form of a short video workshop and a hand stitch challenge that you can do at home over the following few days.

Like so many, I’m having to self isolate and it’s such an anxious time. Stitching is my salvation!

Laura Cryer

But stitching at home doesn’t mean stitching alone. Because every day you can check in and chat with your fellow stitchers in the special Community Stitch Challenge Facebook group.

Not on Facebook? No worries. We’ll be posting the challenge every week here on the website too.

And this week’s challenge is led by someone very close to our hearts…our mum, Sue Stone.

Who is Sue Stone?

Sue is a celebrated textile artist who has taught stitch workshops all over the world, including in the UK, US, Canada and France. She is former Chair of the world renowned 62 Group of Textile Artists and has exhibited her figurative embroidery globally.

On top of all that, she’s the inspiration behind, the reason we started the site in the first place – so who better to kick off the community stitch challenge?

What is the first challenge all about?

Sue believes that stretching your creative boundaries doesn’t rely on learning lots of complicated, fancy techniques. She creates her own textile art using just a handful of traditional hand stitches in combination with some simple mixed media.

And in today’s video, Sue will share with you an exercise she uses in the development of her own work to find new and exciting ways to push the potential of simple and well worn techniques.

You don’t need any fancy tools or materials (just some fabric, threads and a needle) and it doesn’t matter if you’re a complete beginner or an experienced embroiderer, so dive in, have some fun and get stitching.

What to do next

Sunday 24th, January 2021 / 22:50

About the author

Joseph Pitcher is the son of textile artist Sue Stone. He is an actor and voice-over artist and has worked at the RSC, the National Theatre, West End theatres and several other leading regional venues across the UK. Find Joe on Google

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27 comments on “Community stitch challenge week one: Sue Stone”

  1. Helen says:

    This 21 Day Stitch Challenge is a wonderful free gift to all who are staying at home.
    Thank you so much, much appreciated 🌺🌺🌺
    Helen in Ireland

  2. Kathy Clem says:

    Sue, Joe, and Sam,
    Thank you very much for posting this video and challenge here also for the downloadable workbook.
    I really appreciate you doing this since I am not on Facebook.
    Thank you!

  3. Jane Basson says:

    I am not on Facebook, but found this video and the workbook wonderful. Thank you!!

  4. Jenny says:

    Thanks Sue for your inspiration. I’m not on Facebook. I’m new to this but I remember sitting watching my mum sewing in the 1950s. I really appreciate the pdf too.

  5. Barbara Carr says:

    Thank you so much! This is a really wonderful gift.


  6. Leigh says:

    Very much appreciate the generosity in creating this free challenge and the non-Facebook option.

  7. Yvonne says:

    Thanks so much for organising this. I am not on Facebook either so it’s great to see the video and workbook. Really encouraging for all of us stuck at home!

    • Julie Park says:

      Just completed my week one challenge. Haven’t done hand work for years and really enjoyed the task. I had a big artistic block and as Sue recommended, the stitching of the sampler cleared my mind, made me relax and opened up new ideas.
      Thank you, much appreciated from a non facebooker
      Julie – Western Australia

  8. Frances Stock says:

    Sue, Joe and Sam

    Thanks for a lovely opportunity and reminder to continue developing ideas!

    (recent Exploring Texture and Pattern course student – not on Facebook)

  9. Dawn says:

    Thank you for this challenge. I admire your work and look forward to following along from Australia.

  10. Kath Cole says:

    It is a fantaatic way to stay connected and be part of something amazing. Thank you for this.

  11. Miriam says:

    Hi Sue, I had signed up to the Facebook group but would rather not be on FB so am grateful for this free video instead. I am looking forward so much to this challenge and also want you to know how much I appreciate your generosity of spirit in creating this group for all of us in the stitching community. I am from Australia and have always been such a fan of yours, have so wanted to do your courses and am very excited!❤️

  12. Kathleen says:

    Thank you from Northland in New Zealand for this marvellous gift. Always wanted to do some stitching and now I have direction and a teacher.

  13. Sarah says:

    Many thanks from yet another non-FB user. Great website to explore, and looking forward to all the challenges.

  14. CaLynn says:

    Thank you for sharing this! I was able to finish my first stitch challenge and posted about it here ( I hope the rest of the challenges can remain on this website since I do not have FB.

  15. JayJay says:

    Thank you for this event. Will Week 2 challenge be posted here? I see it on Facebook, but I am doing the challenge with some non Facebook users. Thanks!

  16. Kari Johnson says:

    Thank you from Alaska 🌎
    It’s wonderful to be part of such a sweet group from around the world stitching together during this time. It’s very powerful and thank you for your generosity. Health and happiness to all.

  17. Glenys says:

    Thank you so much from a self-isolating Australian elder, I am back to stitching.

  18. Judith says:

    My membership was marked as pending , but you wanted questions answered , unfortunately it said questions 0. What does that mean, I can’t join.

  19. Rosalind Byass says:

    Greetings and thanks from another Aussie follower – you are an inspiration to us all !

  20. judy anderson says:

    i saw a week 2 piece reflecting politics in the USA. Is that ok? so hoping we could keep politics out of this.

  21. Maureen Knott says:

    Only just seen this video am I to late to join this stitch group?

    • charlotte says:

      Hi Maureen, No, you’re not too late – you can explore the challenges in your own time. You will find all challenges so far on our website and in the stitch challenge private group on facebook – links for both are in this article. Happy Stitching!

  22. Anxeles says:

    Hola! Podríais traducir la página a español? Gracias!!!

  23. THORA BRYAN says:

    Looks very interesting. Thank you Sue for organizing this great workshop from the UK. At this time of isolation it is a good time to learn a new craft.

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