Time for a Cuppa

photo of me on training walkJerry and I are going off on a bit of an adventure walking the  Camino de Santiago which is a 500 mile (800 Kilometres)  pilgrimage walk from St Jean Pied-de-Port in France to Santiago in Spain. It will probably take us about 5-6 weeks to walk it. Other travels involve seeing friends in the UK and Europe. We will be away a good few months.

I can’t guarantee that I can get to your emails or messages as quickly as I normally do. I’ve closed the online shop and will be re-opening the store in the first week in December.

Take a Stitch Tuesday  (TAST)  will continue with prewritten posts scheduled to be published each Tuesday. When I can I will be checking out what people do , as love seeing some of the inventive ways the stitches are used.

As I travel  I will share textile related adventures on Pintangle. I am travelling in Holland, France, the UK, and Basque country in Spain who all have amazing embroidery traditions. I will stay on topic (ie textiles) as I think that although people say they want holiday photos they are being polite.

In a minute Ago has been relaunched as a blog about journaling and journal techniques. If you are wanting more of my travels and travel sketches I will share them on the new re-launched In a Minute Ago.  Jerry who is far better travel writer than I am,  will sharing his photos and trip experiences on his blog  The FogWatch. All of the blogs have a ‘follow’ function so you can get email updates delivered to your inbox as they are published.

TAST Stitch 52

Sheaf Stitch Sample 3
TAST Stitch 52 is Sheaf Stitch. You often see it used as a light filling stitch with single stitches spaced evenly over an area but it is an underestimated and interesting stitch. You can arrange the clusters of stitches to create patterns. I think you will be surprised. Try sketching out a few ideas on paper and you will quickly realise that you are only limited by your imagination and of course time to try out the ideas! If you use interesting threads and beads the possibilities expand further. Have fun with it, explore it a bit and I am sure you will be surprised.

Sheaf Stitch Sample 2

TAST2012logoHow to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitch. If you are an experienced embroiderer push these stitches in creative manner and share with beginners so they can see what can be done with a little imagination.

Where to share

Stitch a sample, photograph it, put in online on your blog, flickr site, share it on facebook or where ever you hang out online, and leave a comment on the Sheaf Stitch page with your full web address. Don’t forget the http bit of the web address so that your address becomes a live link so that people can visit your site and see what you have done. Please spread the word about Take a Stitch Tuesday on your social networks.

Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group.  If you are a hashtag type person use the hashtag #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page. All stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome

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Free Hand Embroidery Pattern for a Floral Border

Free hand embroidery pattern from Pintangle.comToday I would like to share a hand embroidery pattern for a floral border designed by me for my readers and free for non commercial use. Border designs can be repeated along a line. They used to be used on items such as table cloths and tray cloths etc but today stitchers are  more likely to use them on cushion. For instance this placed off centre running down the side of a cushion would have a very contemporary touch.  Another place you see border designs is on items such as  bags purses and totes. Of course crazy quilters often adapt border desings to add to seam on crazy quilt block.

The main lines of the  design could be worked using surface embroidery stitches using back stitch,  chain stitch, whipped chain stitch or  stem stitch. The flowers could be filled with a stitch such as Satin Stitch or Outlined Satin Stitch.

Follow the links to tutorials if you need information on how to work these stitches.

For this design I would choose a thread with a firm twist such as cotton perle #8 or #5.

Click on the image to see a larger version which you can save to your desktop for use. Scale the pattern in graphic program to fit the project you choose. If you need to know how I would transfer this pattern to fabric, I have a tutorial on how to transfer embroidery designs to fabric.

I hope you enjoy stitching my hand embroidery pattern for a floral border.

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Welcome Back TAST Stitch 51

Welcome back everyone I hope everyone enjoyed the break and had fun holidaying or stitching or both! I hope everyone caught up, if they needed to practiced or worked on other projects. I not only had a trip across Australia and am currently in Singapore but I also re-launched In a Minute Ago as a site on contemporary journals and journaling techniques to have fun with. So if you are interested in that topic you may wish to visit it and subscribe as I will be sharing my travel journal over there.

Buttonholed Herringbone 6
This week the challenge stitch is called Buttonholed Herringbone. It is fun and surprisingly useful as it makes a border that is highly textured like a braid. It is literally herringbone stitch that has been buttonholed so check out the tutorial for Buttonholed Herringbone and have some fun with it.  If you work two rows facing each other you have a line of circles and if you work two rows back to back they become diamonds.

TAST2012logoHow to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitch. If you are an experienced embroiderer push these stitches in creative manner and share with beginners so they can see what can be done with a little imagination.

Where to share

Stitch a sample, photograph it, put in online on your blog, flickr site, share it on facebook or where ever you hang out online, and leave a comment on the Buttonholed Herringbone page with your full web address. Don’t forget the http bit of the web address so that your address becomes a live link so that people can visit your site and see what you have done. Please spread the word about Take a Stitch Tuesday on your social networks.

Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group.  If you are a hashtag type person use the hashtag #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page. All stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome

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