stitch club membership is open again
Let’s start with the membership and then get into some ideas for setting yourself up for the stitch book challenge. You don’t need to join to participate but it is a great place to find support and share your progress.
What happens in stitch club? It’s the private ann wood handmade community, a great place to get inspired, share what you’re working on and make sewy friends.
New for 2024
The international scrap festival in february with ideas, challenges and a scrap swap
creative sparks- monthly prompts to get your wheels turning
enrollment in the 2024 stitch book group (you don’t have to participate – but if you do the group is super helpful)
sew-alongs and more!
The 2024 100 day stitch book challenge begins on 1/19 and ends on 4/27
Please use the link above if your are brand new to the challenge – you’ll find all the info you need.
There are lot’s of ways to approach this hundred day challenge. My plan is to go boldly forth into the unknown. Start without knowing and create time and space for ideas that don’t easily present themselves in the general course of things. That’s what showing up does. You show up and work. You move your mind and your hands and see what happens.
It’s a terrifying proposition. It’s uncomfortable. And it’s how you get somewhere new. This is the third annual stitch book challenge and just like the two previous years I’m excited and also very nervous to start. Daily commitments are hard. Showing daily progress is hard, especially after you’ve gone on and on about how creative and productive the process is.
But here we are again. I can’t resist. Can you? I’ve got some ideas and lessons learned from the previous years to help you get ready.
My plan is to not have a plan except for:
Thinking of the pages in pairs. I loved having a second chance at compositions by treating 2 pages as one image/idea in last years book. I mostly did not work on the two pages consecutively. Especially when I wasn’t happy with what I’d done, putting the idea aside and letting it percolate for a bit helped a lot.
I’m also leaning towards leaving my edges raw again.
Support the 100 day stitch book project and the always growing free pattern library.
Make it as easy as possible to show up. For me that means having my materials accessible and transportable. A to-go kit is essential. I’ve got scraps, some cut pages (I don’t cut them all in the beginning), a little needle book and a thread pouch. And because the world really is magic this sweet tote bag, made by a friend, arrived unexpectedly on the very day I was looking for something to contain my stitch book supplies.
15 minutes is even more doable if everything is already set up.
plan for the bad days
In 100 days there will most likely be some bad days. Some way too busy or sick or too something days. The secret to those days is a predetermined, minimally acceptable effort. This is also known as “phoning it in”. Protect the habit, protect the momentum and do something. I’ve had days where I was sick or traveling and teaching and way too stretched but I stitched some basic straight stitches or added a super basic applique for 15 minutes. It was not my most present or mindful or thoughtful work but it got done and that mattered.
And if you do miss a day?
Keep going. Maybe do an extra 15 minutes when you can.
Engage in some productive procrastination. I’ve been doing some new yearsey sorting and organizing of fabric. It was a perfect time to start to pull out scraps for the 2024 book. As I sorted and ironed, scraps spoke to me and I’ve made a little collection. I’m surprised by how much white and light colored stuff I pulled – it’s not my usual jam. The sorting and collecting lit the spark and got me more excited and curious than nervous to start. There are colors and ideas I’m looking forward to experimenting with.