Let your creativity run wild in our January 2021 Stitch-a-long

For our first Stitch-a-long of 2021 on Facebook we are getting creative and using up our stash!

Here’s more about this month’s project from Stitch-a-long admin Kate Gaunt:

With a new year comes lots of hope and a desire to start fresh. There are many monthly stitch-a-longs starting up all over the internet and I’m sure many of you are participating. New year = new project. LOL. Leslie and I pondered what we should do to “welcome” the new year and I confessed all the things that I’d hoped to accomplish due to the our lifestyle changes in 2020. Needless to say, the stash STILL isn’t organized, but headway has been made and previous ideas/supplies/goals have been re-discovered. I still want to accomplish some of those goals. That leads us to our theme for the month: Creativity. For me, there is the additional caveat of trying to use what I already have. It may take a bit of extra creativity — but in many ways, that’s the point — to try and stretch and grow and see if I can make it work.

I’ve had the idea to try and stitch some sewing accessories in the new EGA brand colors for quite some time. With that in mind, I googled for some free charts as inspiration. I found a bunch of square designs that can be adapted into box tops, pin cushions, biscornus or even a scissors sheath. I pulled the EGA floss colors from stash, along with some coordinating Rainbow Gallery threads. I also found some print fabric in stash that echoes the EGA color palette. I cut and mounted some 18-ct mono canvas and started to play. I’m still in the “play” stage and not quite ready for a “reveal” but I hope that some photos showing what I’m starting with will inspire creativity in YOU and you’ll want to play along.

For our creativity exploration this month, I’d like to see us create some stitching accessories to brighten our stitching nests at home. Small items like this are great to try out a new technique or thread or just try something new. You can use the EGA brand colors, or if those aren’t available to you, pick half a dozen threads that you love together. A print fabric can provide great inspiration for a new color palette. Here is a link to the EGA logo charts: https://egausa.org/stitch-ega-logo/

Below you can see the DMC numbers for EGA’s brand colors, the blue and green being our main brand colors, while the others are our secondary brand colors.

You also need a pattern to play with. Rainbow Gallery (no affiliation) offers a great number of free charts. I chose this one. You can find many more on the Rainbow Gallery website.

So, what’s appropriate to post this month in our stitch-a-long? If you can come up with some sewing smalls that showcase the EGA colors, that’s ideal. Since we’re “stitching from stash,” we’re allowing a bit more leeway. Show us what you’re stitching and how you were creative with it or adapted it. Maybe you made an error in how you counted something BUT you were clever and created a “work-around.” That’s great to share! Show us how you stretched yourself and tell us what you learned. Let’s jumpstart our creativity this month and see where we can go! Here’s a great year in 2021!

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