Roaming for a while….

image of path

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 

image of Spanish Village

Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018 Stitch 23

Wheatear stitch sample1The next stitch in the Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018 challenge, is Wheatear stitch. This is a stitch that is often overlooked but it is very useful to represent sprays of organic things. You can use it for wild grasses and of course, wheat.

See the Wheatear stitch tutorial for step by step instructions on how to work it and to give you few ideas on how to use it in your projects.

Beyond TAST

Beyond TAST is for those readers who have done TAST before or for people who already know the basic embroidery stitches. Details about the current Beyond TAST challenge are here

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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 how to do Wheatear stitch and share what you have learnt.

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 Wheatear stitch page with your full web address so that people can visit your site and see what you have done.

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.

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Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018 Stitch 22

Interlaced Cable Chain step 10

Stitch 22  is actually a variety of the stitch I introduced you to last week, which, In case you have forgotten, was cable chain stitch. I have chosen Interlaced Cable Chain stitch to illustrate that we can build on stitches in a variety of ways, and one of those techniques is to treat the stitch as a foundation row and lace a second thread through them, turning the stitch into a composite.

Interlaced Cable Chain stitch looks complex, but really is simple and remarkably quick. You can lace with thread of the same type or experiment with novelty yarn, fine ribbon and fine braid. The sample above was stitched in cotton perle #5 thread.  As usual, I have a tutorial on how to work Interlaced Cable Chain Stitch I hope you enjoy experimenting with this stitch.

Beyond TAST

Beyond TAST is for those readers who have done TAST before or for people who already know the basic embroidery stitches. Try and give your work a modern twist and share it online so beginners can see what can be done with a little imagination. Details about the current Beyond TAST challenge are here

TAST2012logo

How to take part in the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn how to do Interlaced Cable Chain Stitch and share what you have learnt.

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 Interlaced Cable Chain 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 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.

Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018 Stitch 21

Step by step tutorial on Cable chain stitch sample 1

Stitch 21 in the TAST 2018 challenge is an interesting version of Chain stitch called Cable chain stitch. As usual, the tutorial for Cable chain stitch will take you through the step by step process and give you a few ideas on how to use it. Cable chain is a pleasant stitch to work because you can develop a good easy paced rhythm. It is also a very useful stitch, as it is a linear stitch that can follow a curve well.

Beyond TAST

The latest beyond TAST challenge was announced last week so you will find details about the current Beyond TAST challenge are here

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

TAST2012logo

How to take part in the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn how to do Cable chain stitch 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 Cable Chain 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 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.