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Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Totally Useless Stitch A Long 2013

Here we go! Are you ready for some major ORT collecting for 2013? This is going to be a fantastic year for stitching. I just know it!

The 2013 TUSAL is launched! 

What is an ORT? ORT or ort ~ Capitalized, it stands for Old Ratty Threads. These are the cast-off thread ends a needleworker cuts away. These ends are often saved in clear jars as a decorative object. The word, "ort" does appear in the dictionary, meaning: a bit of something left over; usually concerning food. 

Why would you save these and why on earth post a picture on your blog? Not everyone saves them. Some stitchers just toss them in the trash or let them decorate the sofa and floor. Sometimes this inadvertent decorating draws ire from those living with us. Saving these clippings in one place creates a random tangle of lovely colored thread. Posting a photo of this pile is "progress" of a sort and thus, the Totally Useless Stitch A Long was born. 

If you would like to join the Stitch-A-Long:

1. Get a glass jar or other container and save your thread clippings. Some stitchers include fabric trimmings, thread bands or any other stitching cast-offs they gather. You may continue filling this jar throughout the year OR you may empty the jar and start over each month ~ no firm rules here!

2. On (or about) each New Moon take a picture of the ORTs in your jar and post it to your blog. This is a blog game so YES, you MUST have a blog to be included.

3. Yes, you can use your current ORT jar or jars. This is no contest...the stitcher with the most ORTs doesn't win!

4. You should post a picture each New Moon, even if there has been no "progress" to show. We are aiming for "once a month" here...no whippings for being late, early or absent!

5. When you have posted the picture of your ORTs visit my blog and comment on my ORT report for that month's TUSAL. If I have a Totally Useless Giveaway these comments give you an extra entry!

The New Moon dates for 2013 are:

January 11
February 10
March 11
April 10
May 10
June 8
July 8
August 6
September 5
October 5
November 3
December 3

If you would like to join in on the fun leave a comment on this post. In years past, I have made up a "guest list" by adding a blog link list for everyone that joined ~however~ this year I probably will not do that. It takes hours and hours and hours of visiting blogs, editing the post, checking links, editing the post, correcting mistakes, editing the post. I'd much rather be stitching or visiting your blog on a recreational basis. Therefore, consider your comment to be your entry. Make sure your profile is set to "open" so people can visit your blog or leave a link to your blog in your comment. I hope you aren't offended I am not doing a guest list. We are adopting a new puppy at the end of the week and I'm thinking to be rather busy for quite some time. If I manage my time better than expected perhaps I will reconsider.

A request: I notice there are a lot of bloggers completely in the dark about your Totally Useless posts. They see lots of people posting pictures of ORT jars but they have NO IDEA why. They might want to join in the fun too! Please put a LINK to this sign-up page when you make your TUSAL posts. A link in your sidebar is great but ONLY if your readers SEE it and realize what it is.  

If you would like to add the TUSAL link gadget to your sidebar (in Blogger): right click on it and save the photo to your computer, go to your blog's layout and choose "add a photo" and put the address to the 2013 TUSAL post in the link option. Upload the photo and save.

A shout-out on your blog to let other stitchers know about the 2013 Totally Useless Stitch-A-Long would be greatly appreciated! Plus, please change the links in your sidebar to this new post!

Thank you for visiting my blog today!


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Julie said...

Better late than never! I love my orts and this idea. I'll be posting my collection at http://theshopsampler.wordpress.com Don't seem to be able to create a link to my blog on this page.

Lynda B said...

I really want to join, even though I'm late - a longish bout of RA flare left me unable to stitch, but I'm feeling some better and miss TUSAL!

Lynda B said...

I had to stop stitching for awhile, due to a protracted RA flare - but I'm tentatively up and running, so I am in! My first pic shows an empty jar. (aw..)

Dr. Dolphin said...

I would like to join even though I am 2 months late!


Meggie said...

Hi Daffycat

May I join please?


Thank you!

Ingrid Senger-Perkins said...

I will give it a go. I haven't mentioned it on my blog yet, but I will next week. My blog is:

Have fun :)

Caroline Zenia said...

I want to join too. Sorry missed this month TUSAL, but next month hopefully will not.

I hope it's ok for me to still put up the picture of my jar :D

I'm on http://crossstichandi.blogspot.com/

bonnie said...

this sounds like fun,think i wii give it a try!!!

Kathy A. said...

Well, with a major blip lol - I have posted this month's (Feb) late but it is there!!!!!

Riverspitter said...

Well, here I am, late to the party. I'd love to participate again this year. Missed some last year, but so-o-o enjoyed the fun!

Kevin said...

Count me in. Late, but better than never.

Cynthia Hahn said...

It's a little late, but can I jump in?


Circe Muses Aloud said...

I heard about your TUSAL and would love to join (sorry about being tardy)!


Poppy said...


May I join your TUSAL please even at this late hour(:
Thank you!

Kathy Koontz said...

It took me forever to figure out how to do this and I know I am way late to the game but I am definitely going to try this. Here is my link


Caroline Zenia said...

Just want to edited my blog address...I didn't realize that I spelled the word wrong. So this is the correct one.


Raquel, Calico Craft Designs said...

Hi! My name is Raquel and I just found your blog. I'd love to join in the fun. I'll be sure to add this to my blog at http://thegirlsgonecrafty.blogspot.com/.

mommafoso said...

I just retired, & have discovered these wonderful blogs. Thanks for providing the meaning for these acronyms. It's very inspriring to see evryone's work. My "blog" is fairly sparse since I'm just getting started & plan it to be more of a journal of progress for me.

Happy Stitching all!

Jessie Marie said...

FInally! I found somebody who'd linked to this post so I could understand what all these ort jar pictures were about! ; ) I'd very much like to join in as I've been collecting mine in a pretty little Coke mug.

Here's the link to my blog: http://jessieinstitches.blogspot.com

Babyroos said...

Hi :)
My name is Kathy, I would also love to join too.

Link to my 1st and new blog

Stitch byRachel said...

Can I join in May? I will link on my blog....

minerva said...

I'm starting really late! I'm new to the blogosphere and only found out about this last month. I've decided to join in the fun anyway and see if I can catch up!!

Sue W said...

Just found you and would love to join if it's not too late?
I used to save threads to fill cushions.......I miss it.....

På kryss og tvers med Beni said...

Found your TUSAL in other blogs, and want to be a part, if possible. Have already made a link to your blogpost in my latest post, and will add the picture too.
I write in my native tongue, Norwegian, on my blog. Hope it's still acceptable? :) There is a translate-button on the blog. Have found it to be not too good in the past, but you'll get an idea of what I'm talking about. :)

* * * orangery - stitchery * * * said...

love to join, Had no idea why people kept this leftover treads. From no one I will keep them and put them in a nice jar. sunny kisses from Rio, Alice

Stephanie Stoll said...

Fabulous idea! Wish I'd known about it sooner, but I'm going to start now! :)

Will be linking to this on my blog at

CrossAStitch said...

Know I'm late but just saw this and would love to jump in!
blog: http://crossastitch.blogspot.com/

Jan said...

I know there's only 2 months left in this year, but what the heck, It just means I'll have a jump start on getting motivated for 2014!! http://jan1228.blogspot.com/

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