With Debra's encouragement, I've joined the TAST Challenge (Take a Stitch Tuesday). I'm hoping for the best in my participation-- maybe I'll do a better job about posting my results than I do in book challenges. (I always complete the book challenges, but don't always post on the link sites. Good intentions, but poor follow-through on the posting.)
Although I have several books on embroidery, I tend to use the same stitches over and over. My favorite? Kantha stitches--love the simplicity of the simple running stitch. There are plenty of variations of Kantha stitching, but I don't use as many as I should. Other favorite stitches are buttonhole, backstitch, and stem stitches. Sometimes I venture out and make an effort to use other stitches, but I always come back to the simplest stitches.
Maybe the TAST Challenge will be a way to move into a greater variety of stitches. Debra has created a blog for a group of us who have joined the challenge: The Tuesday Stitchers; there are no posts yet, but I'll post a link when things get going. The group members will be participating in either the TAST 2012 Challenge or the Crazy Quilt Journal...or both.
More at Stitchin' Fingers on the TAST Challenge. If you enjoy hand embroidery, take a look at the links and join up.
Do you enjoy hand embroidery? What do you think? Interested?