January - January 13 thru January 19
February/March MONTHLONG stretching across 2 months February 9 thru March 8
April - April 13 thru April 19
May - May 11 thru May 17
June - June 15 thru June 21
July - July 13 thru July 19
August - August 10 thru August 16
September - Sept 14 thru Sept 21
October - Oct 12 thru Oct 18
November - Nov 9 thru Nov 15
December - Dec 7 thru 13 or Dec 14 thru Dec 20 CHOOSE ONE
For Members who are New (or new to stitchathons!):
Every month, we have a Stitchathon, a time where we motivate each other to stitch as much as we can. Most months, our Stitchathons are one week long but we do 1 month long stitchathon. Most of the information that follows applies to both types of stitchathons. The purpose of our stitchathons is, first and foremost, to have fun! We also do them to encourage each other in our stitching, to to see how we improve over time, and motivate others out of their stitchy slumps!
During Stitchathon Week, you can participate as much or as little as you'd like. The only thing you have to do to participate is count either the stitches you stitch, or the time you spend stitching, or both. If you think that you don't stitch enough to participate, think again! Every stitch counts even if you only stitch ONE stitch the whole week, it counts! At Stitchathon time, you'll see posts in this folder asking for counts. Feel free to post your counts daily, as you get around to it, or save them all for one post at the end of the week!
Here are the rules:
1. All stitches count as ONE stitch. It doesn't matter if its a backstitch, a cross stitch, a 1/4 stitch, etc. Beading is 1 stitch
2. All handstitching is allowed it can be cross stitching, embroidery, needlepoint, hand sewing, crocheting, knitting, or any other handstitching. The only stitching not included is machine stitching. Please post the non needlework (crochet,knitting ) counts separately.....I was asked for a needlework counted only and I want to be able to distinguish between the 2.
3. Estimates are allowed if you don't want to count every single stitch, you may estimate how many you did, however please try to be fair in your estimates (if you've never counted stitches before, I would recommend actually counting at least one section so that you are estimating fairly. It took me a while to really understand what 500 stitches look like!)
4. Frogging time counts (after all, you are still working on your stitching!) and when you have to frog, you can count both the original stitches and the re-stitched stitches, as long as both were stitched within the time frame of the stitchathon.
5. When posting time counts, please only post in minutes.
Tips for counting: You can keep track of your stitches in several ways - some keep a pen and paper near and put a tick mark every time they stitch 10, then add them up at the end of the day; some change to a different color highlighter for SAT week to make it easier to count; some stitch in 10x10 blocks on their pattern and then count up what's inside the block, some just guess/estimate. For counting time, some people keep a running tally on a piece of paper (this is great for people who stitch in small spurts rather than large chunks of time), and some just estimate.
At the end of the Stitchathon, I total everyone's counts and post our group totals and individual totals. We typically have some group goals for participation, group stitch totals and group time totals. Many people also like to see how they did compared to previous months. In fact, I save the counts every month, so if you don't remember how you did last month (or before), feel free to contact me for previous months counts.
That's it! If you don't understand something, or have questions, please ask Jill W or Jacque! Thank you!