Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018 Stitch 30

Stitch 30 for Take a Stitch Tuesday is an interesting variety of Buttonhole stitch, called Triangular Buttonhole stitch. Visit the Triangular Buttonhole stitch tutorial page for instructions. Scroll further down the page and you will see instructions on how to include beads in the process of working this stitch. Different patterns can be created by threading the beads on different parts of the stitch. You can experiment with various combinations of seed beads and bugle beads.

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Beyond TAST

It is time for a new Beyond TAST challenge. For the next Beyond TAST season, I am suggesting people explore filling stitches. These are stitches that can be worked row upon row to fill an area or isolated stitches that are scattered across an area to create a fill. For instance, Triangular Buttonhole stitch can be worked row upon row to create a fill, so can stitches such as Chevron Stitch, Herringbone Stitch, Cretan Stitch, and filling stitches such as Cloud Filling. Isolated stitches such as Slipped Detached Chain stitch, Herringbone Square or Algerian Eye can be used scattered across an area or arranged in regular patterns to create a fill. There are many stitches that can be used as fillings and the next Beyond TAST challenge is to explore them and explore some of the patterns you can create with them.

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

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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 Triangular Buttonhole 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 wherever you hang out online. If you have a blog, leave a comment on the Triangular Buttonhole 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.

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The Autumn 2018 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly is out

We have recently returned to Australia arriving home to one of our coldest winters after spending time in one of Europes hottest summers. So after unpacking, and tackling those tasks you need to do after being away so long I was delighted to get over my jet lag with a Autumn issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly. All these seasons in one week my body is quite a muddle! That aside for my readers who are interesting in Crazy Quilting this is a heads up to let you know that the Autumn 2018 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly is out.

I am not affiliated with this magazine and do not gain financially from this review.

The cover artist this time around is Elisabeth Jenkins Baty whose Horn of Plenty immediately caught my eye. I loved the highly textured 3D piece that incorporates a mix of techniques raised work techniques.

Quilts featured included Tree Song by Renee Watts ( I loved the way this quilt read), Robin Waybright’s Hello Spring, Brenda Sandusky’s Celebrate America, Genevieve Tracy’s Hanky Panky Quilt and a Lace hexagon quilt by Darlene Kliewer. So there is lots of eye candy and ideas to keep anyone busy.  Mary Anne Richardsons ideas on combining crazy quilting and landscape quilting is a new take and an article I enjoyed.

I always like to see smaller projects as often people who are new to crazy quilting get put off by the idea that they have to make a quilt. So featuring smaller projects helps people see how crazy quilting can be made into other things too! Alice McClelland and Janet Popish their ideas on how to make crazy quilt greeting cards. Other small project ideas for embroidery hoop ornaments come from Gill Compigne-Leaney. This issue also includes directions by Mary Anne Richardson on how to make a denim and lace tote bag. Janese Morris explains how she made a crazy quilted soft toy elephant. That is not really a toy!

In Through the Looking Glass, Suzy Quaife shares with readers her vintage journal made of fabric. This freeform crazy quilting style is very popular at the moment and is another more contemporary take on crazy quilting.

Dotted throughout the issue is Kathy Shaw’s and Pamela Kellogs free designs and ideas for seams and motifs. As usual the readers submissions which are always interesting to see.

The Autumn 2018 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly is available via Magcloud here.There is always a good spread of ideas in each issue and I fell it is worth the price. As I stated at the start of this article I am not affiliated with this magazine and do not gain financially from this review.

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.

Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018 Stitch 29

Bullion knot stitch sample 3Stitch 29 for Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018 is Bullion Knot. I know many people feel intimidated by this stitch, but read the tips in my tutorial for Bullion Knot Stitch and hopefully, they will help you. In the tutorial, there are also many illustrations that will help you see where those tips can be used too! They are worth persevering with. The sample above illustrates Bullion knots used as the body of this praying mantis.

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 Bullion Knots 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 Bullion Knot page with your full web address so that people can visit your site and see what you have done.

Please spread the word about Take a Stitch Tuesday so others can join in on the fun. All stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome. 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.