This year I've been doing a lot of challenges-probably to counteract winter. Sharon at
http://www.pintangle.com/ has started Take a Stitch Tuesday again. I didn't officially join but will do most of the stitches. I love to hand stitch. This week's stitch is Diamond stitch. On the right is the traditional way to work it. The other I prefer-random and freer.
All year Shelagh at http://shelaghfolgate.blogspot.com/ will be giving us directions for a piece using unusual techniques. The is a detail of February's work. The granite stitch on the machine was one I hadn't worked, but it gives great texture.