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 57

TAST Stitch 57 is called feathered Chain or sometimes you hear it called feathered long tail chain. It is fun stitch that I think crazy quilters will like as you can zig zag it across a seam easily. This stitch looks good if you work it row upon row too as it builds up a nice pattern and you can easily add beads to it too.

Take a look at the tutorial for Feathered Chain stitch and have fun with it

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 Feathered chain stitch  page with your full web address.

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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Crazy Quilt Block 96 Pattern and Hand Embroidery Details

Crazy quilt block 96Crazy quilt block 96 is one of my favourites as I enjoyed the colour scheme. As I have said in previous articles these blocks were all created from fabrics and embellishments in my stash. Sometimes when you have to pull from your stash you end up doing something different and selecting a colour scheme you would not normally work. That is what happened with this block.

The laces I used on the block are hand dyed and many of the threads too! As usual you can click on the photo to see a larger version.

Crazy Quilt Block 96 Fabric content:

Crazy quilt block 96 diagramPiece 1: silk
Piece 2: After 5 wear fabric
Piece 3: Rayon
Piece 4: Cotton covered with nylon lace
Piece 5: Rayon
Piece 6: Velvet
Piece 7: Is not actually a fabric but a wide vintage braid

Item Count: 

When I made this quilt I challenged myself to use 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons as it is a Y2K quilt. This on going item count below represents the items documented to date in this series of articles.

Fabric: 7
Lace, braid and ribbon: 3
Buttons and charms: 5
Total items on this block: 15

Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1833

Crazy Quilt Block 96 free Pattern

Crazy quilt block 96 Pattern

How I hand embroidered the seams on Crazy Quilt Block 96

Crazy quilt block 96 detail  619

Piece 4 is a patch that is nylon lace that is backed with a teal cotton fabric. The seam along the edge is decorated with feather stitch worked in hand dyed silk thread. I added blue beads to the arms of the stitch which gave it extra zest.

Crazy quilt block 96 detail  620This patch is covered with some small flowers that are worked in Detached chain stitch worked in a hand dyed cotton and fly stitch worked in rayon thread. I sprinkled French knots around the patch

Crazy quilt block 96 detail 621On this seam I worked a line of Tied Herringbone Stitch then using rayon ribbon floss I added the black straight stitches in the valleys of the row. Seed beads were added last.

Crazy quilt block 96 detail  622The lace was added to the seam on this block as I pieced it. I added beads.

Crazy quilt block 96 detail  623This is rayon lace was hand dyed with procion dyes.

Crazy quilt block 96 detail  624I worked a line of Chevron Stitch in cotton perle #5 before tucking small floral motifs in the valleys of the chevrons stitches. I made the flowers from Cast on Stitch, straight stitches for the stem and Detached Chain Stitches for the leaves.

Crazy quilt block 96 detail 625

Here a close up of the button cluster on Block 96.

I dropped button box quiltIf you are a new reader to this site the I Dropped the Button Box Quilt is set with blocks that are arranged by colour in diagonal lines.   My challenge was to have all the crazy quilt blocks reading properly while also  pulling everything on the quilt from my stash!

This article is part of a series that offers a free block patterns from my crazy quilt called I dropped the button box while also documenting each block which are listed on the CQ details FAQ page. You can read more about the quilt there.

Have you seen my Crazy quilters templates?

As a stitcher who loves crazy quilting I designed these templates with other crazy quilters in mind. With my Crazy Quilters Templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to embroider on your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 

Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here 

TAST Stitch 56

TAST Stitch 56 is Lock stitch which on its own can be a bit pedestrian (some of my readers might want to make me take back my words on that one …)  but double lock makes a very nice border or seam for crazy quilting.
lockstitch-6-double

If you bead Lock stitch it really comes alive! Infact I think beaded it is a wonderful stitch. Anyway that is the challenge this week here is the tutorial for Lock stitch and Double Lock stitch and here is the Tutorial for Beaded lock stitch

Beaded Lock stitch step sample

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 Lock 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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