Roaming for a while….

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Hi Everyone! Well, the time has come to close the shop for a bit – my DH and I are heading off on our travels, so I won’t be able to handle any more orders until we return. We’ll be back in August refreshed, rejuvenated and ready – with plenty of time to post in time for the Holiday Season.

I will still be able to respond to limited emails, and of course, the TAST challenge will run. In fact, I have just finished a marathon effort and pre-written it until the end of August. However, please be aware that we will be using unreliable internet connections in Europe – so it could be a day or two before I can respond to queries or comments.

You are all in my heart as we set off to walk the ancient medieval pilgrimage road known as the Camino de Santiago across Spain. We will be walking 500 miles/ 800 kilometres from Southern France, over the Pyrenees mountain range, turn right when we reach Spain and walk until we get to Santiago de Compostella – reputedly where the remains of St James the Apostle are buried.

I know some of you will be shaking your head muttering to yourself “Didn’t she do that already?” Yes, we walked in 2016 and have become Camino tragics, so will do it again at a different time of year (Spring rather than Autumn) and stay in different villages and towns.

The route is over 1000 years old and is UNESCO World Heritage listed for the entire route, so we will be staying in ancient monasteries and pilgrim hostels along the way. I’m really excited because there is so much history along this route. At times we will be walking on actual Roman roads built 2000 years ago, and we will pass where Charlemagne took his troops, and 500 years later, so did Napoleon.

We will also be walking on ground that has been continuously inhabited for 1.2 million years by the earliest pre-humans in Europe, followed by the Neanderthals and then modern humans. We will be connecting with a history dating back to the dawn of time – Phew! I might need a cuppa on that one!

After our 500 mile walk, we will do some more travelling around before joining with hundreds of Urban Sketchers from all over the world to sketch in the historic town of Porto in Portugal, for the International Urban Sketchers Symposium, before returning to Australia in August.

If you want to follow our travels you can check out In a minute ago which is my blog about Journaling and  Sketching. Jerry’s blog is The Fogwatch. To be honest he is a much better writer than me and takes great photos (credit goes to him for these two) He wrote about our last Camino here 

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The Next Beyond TAST challenge and TAST 2018 Stitch15

Rice stitch detail
It’s a big day today, as we have another Beyond TAST challenge – but before I announce that, I want to tell you about Stitch 15 – Rice stitch. For those beginners who are familiar with cross stitches, you will find Rice Stitch a doddle. Take a look at the tutorial as there are instructions and a few varieties to give you ideas.

Rice stitch sample 1
Beyond TAST

For those stitchers who are experienced, also take a look at Rice stitch and notice how in a number of samples I build the texture of the embroidered surface up in layers. Both the samples above are worked on linen (26 cnt) and were created out of my thread scraps. I first lay down a layer of large crosses using different coloured threads. They were my thread ends, so in some cases, I did 8 or 9 large foundation crosses and others only 1 or 2. I did not worry if they were all different types of thread. The top sample has wool, cotton stranded floss, cotton perle and silk all in the one sample. Then once the foundation crosses were worked I worked the top cross bars in whatever thread had left over. In both cases, the layers of threads created a really interesting and rich surface. I have used Rice stitch as an example, but there are many stitches that look great layered.

The Beyond TAST challenge is to experiment with layering stitches. It can be any sort of stitch and without necessarily changing lots of threads.  The idea is to cover the cloth in layers and enough layering to create a surface of interest. It’s quite a time-consuming way to work so don’t tackle a huge area – give yourself a chance to experiment with the idea of layering stitches over the next few weeks.

Beyond TAST is for those readers who have done TAST before or for people who already know the basic embroidery stitches.  See the TAST FAQ for more details.

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How to take part in the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitches. Learn stitch 13 and share what you have learnt. If you are an experienced embroiderer enjoy the Beyond TAST challenge instead. Try and give your work a modern twist and share it online so beginners 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 in the  TAST facebook group or where ever you hang out online. If you have a blog leave a comment on the  Rice stitch page with your full web address so that people can visit your site and see what you have done.  For Flickr people, the group is Take a Stitch Tuesday. Hashtags are #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc.

If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.

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Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018 Stitch 14

Stitch 26 Arrowhead Stitch sample 9

Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018 Stitch 14 is Arrow or Arrowhead Stitch – which is a very easy stitch to work. It is very versatile and you can use it for stylish projects on the one hand, and children’s stitching projects on the other.

There are two varieties of Arrowhead stitch (see the tutorial). One is a horizontal version, and one is vertical. Both varieties are good examples of a stitch that has a strong geometric structure that enables you to create numerous patterns by arranging the stitches in various ways. It is ideal to work in bands for borders or over an area for fills.

Beyond TAST

Next week we will have a new Beyond TAST challenge so its time to finish off what you are doing for the current Beyond TAST challenge

Beyond TAST is for those readers who have done TAST before or for people who already know the basic embroidery stitches.  See the TAST FAQ for more details.

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How to take part in the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitches. Learn stitch 14 and share what you have learnt. If you are an experienced embroiderer, enjoy the Beyond TAST challenge instead. Try and give your work a modern twist and share it online so beginners 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 in the  TAST facebook group or where ever you hang out online. If you have a blog leave a comment on the  Arrow or Arrowhead Stitch  page with your full web address so that people can visit your site and see what you have done.  For Flickr people the group is Take a Stitch Tuesday. Hashtags are #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc.

If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.

Have you seen my book?

holding my book in front of quilt

My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results shares detailed practical methods on how to design and make a crazy quilt. Topics such as fabric choice, tricky challenges like balancing colour, texture and pattern, and how to create movement in order to direct your viewer’s eye around the block are covered in detail. I also explain how to stitch and build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be practical and inspiring.

Follow Pintangle and have it delivered to your inbox

You can have Pintangle delivered to your inbox by using the ‘follow’ feature in the sidebar. Just enter your email address, and when you get the confirmation email make sure you click ‘yes’ and you are all set! If you are on a mobile, cell phone or tablet you will need to scroll to the bottom to find the ‘follow’ feature.




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Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018 Stitch 13

Buttonhole wheel stitch sample 4

Stitch 13 for Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018 is to learn or experiment with Buttonhole Wheel which is a fun and easy stitch to work. These are often used to form small floral sprays making them useful stitches for crazy quilting and surface embroidery, but you can also use them in a contemporary manner too. You will find a full tutorial on the Buttonhole wheel page alongside ideas on how to use it in your stitching projects. The same page has a tip on controlling the stitch if the edges flick up, and information on half and quarter buttonhole wheels.

Buttonhole wheel stitch sample 5

Beyond TAST

For those who have done TAST before or if you already know the basic embroidery stitches join in on the Beyond TAST challenge. Beyond TAST is a season of 4-6 weeks that allows time to explore an aspect of a design, technique, style, or family of stitches. See the TAST FAQ for more details. Follow the link to discover the current Beyond TAST challenge and enjoy that.

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How to take part in the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitches. Learn stitch 13 and share what you have learnt. If you are an experienced embroiderer enjoy the Beyond TAST challenge instead. Try and give your work a modern twist and share it online so beginners 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 in the  TAST facebook group or where ever you hang out online. If you have a blog leave a comment on the  Buttonhole Wheel page with your full web address so that people can visit your site and see what you have done.  For Flickr people, the group is Take a Stitch Tuesday. Hashtags are #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc.

If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.

Have you seen my book?

holding my book in front of quilt

My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results shares detailed practical methods on how to design and make a crazy quilt. Topics such as fabric choice, tricky challenges like balancing colour, texture and pattern, and how to create movement in order to direct your viewer’s eye around the block, are covered in detail. I also explain how to stitch and build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be both practical and inspiring.

Follow Pintangle and have it delivered to your inbox

You can have Pintangle delivered to your inbox by using the ‘follow’ feature in the sidebar. Just enter your email address, and when you get the confirmation email make sure you say yes and you are all set! If you are on a mobile, cell phone or tablet you will need to scroll to the bottom to find the ‘follow’ feature.




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