Stitchers Templates

My stitchers templates are designed with other embroiderers and crazy quilters in mind. They will take your stitching to the next level.  With them you can create hundreds of different hand embroidery patterns.

They are made of clear plastic so you can position them easily and are compact in your sewing box. To use them position the template in place, use a quilter’s pencil to trace along the edge of the template to create a pattern. You can stitch along this line to decorate the seam.

Each set has a free ebook of patterns to use or spark ideas.

TO ORDER your Stitchers Templates

Stitchers Templates set 1 you will find here 
Stitchers Templates set 2 you will find here 

 

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Beaded Alternating Feather stitch Tutorial

Beaded Alternating Feather sample 2Beaded Alternating Feather stitch is a form of Feather stitch that is a fun decorative variety that can be adapted easily to create a variety of patterns and designs. For most beaded stitches I use a #26 tapestry needle which is fine enough to thread a bead, yet the eye is long enough to take a perle # 8 thread. using this type of needle means you can embroider and bead at the same time. The sample above is created using cotton perle #5 thread and oval beads. I used it on a crazy quilted block as a decorative seam treatment.

Beaded Alternating Feather stitch sampleHere is a second sample this time I used seed beads and sequins to decorate a crazy quilt seam.

How to hand embroider Beaded Alternating Feather Stitch

Beaded Alternating Feather stitch tutorial step 1Bring the thread through the fabric at the top left and insert the needle to the right as illustrated. Make a stitch with the needle tip pointed downward and with the thread wrapped under the needle, pull it through the fabric.

Beaded Alternating Feather stitch tutorial step 2Make a second feather stitch by inserting the needle to the right and with the needle tip pointed downward as illustrated. With the thread wrapped under the needle, pull it through the fabric.

Beaded Alternating Feather stitch tutorial step 3Thread a bead or beads on your needle and make a large stitch by inserting the needle to the left in line with the left side of your first stitch. Make a stitch on a downward angle so that the needle emerges between the two points as illustrated. With the thread wrapped under the needle, pull it through the fabric to make the next stitch.

Beaded Alternating Feather stitch tutorial step 4Work these movements alternatively down the line adding beads as required.

Beaded Alternating Feather stitch tutorial step 5Beaded Alternating Feather stitch is a decorative stitch that can be adapted easily to create a variety of patterns. I hope you enjoy the stitch.

 

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. I cover such topics as fabric choice, tricky challenges like balancing colour, texture and pattern, and how to direct your viewers eye around the block. I cover 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.

Stitchers templates

My templates aim to help you take your stitching to the next level. Designed by an embroiderer for embroiderers. With them you can create hundreds of different hand embroidery patterns to embellish your seams  with flair. These templates are easy to use, made of clear plastic so you can position them easily and are compact in your sewing box.

using my stitchers Templates set 2These are simple to use. You simply position the template in place and use a quilter’s pencil to trace along the edge of the template. Stitch along this line to decorate the seam. I have a free ebook of patterns to accompany each set which illustrates how they can be used.

TO ORDER your Stitchers Templates

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 
Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here 

 

Take a Stitch Tuesday Stitch 100

Drizzle stitch sample Take a Stitch Tuesday Stitch 100 Take a Stitch Tuesday Stitch 100 is quite a marker as it is the last stitch in TAST for 2017! Congratulations to everyone who had managed to keep up – or even if you stitched half of the stitches it is quite a feat! For those who tried out a few of the stitches and learnt something new along the way I am pleased you did and hopefully you enjoyed it. For those who are playing catch up don’t worry I know life can get in the way so the TAST Facebook group will stay open and I am happy for people to post photos of what they have done.

What is happening with TAST next year?

Next year TAST will re-run, starting in January. So for people who have not done TAST, or have started and dropped away or have done bits of the challenge and would like to do the full run you have an opportunity to do it. Hopefully in the meanwhile I will have found time to add a few more new stitches to the stitch dictionary and they might be included in the next round.

For those who have done TAST I will be running a new challenge called Beyond TAST. This will be a challenge that takes a style of embroidery, a family of stitches or a design element and pushes it. Beyond TAST will allow people between 4 and 6 weeks to explore a challenge in depth. I am calling this block of time a ‘season’. Beyond TAST hopefully will introduce people to aspects of embroidery and design that they normally would not have explored or wanted to explore and never had time for it! I think it will be fun, interesting and inspirationsal. Ask questions below or on the TAST facebook group if you have them.

Ok with all the announcements out of the way- what is the final stitch? Drum roll… Drizzle stitch! I chose drizzle stitch because it is such a fun little stitch. People can not help but touch and smile when they see it. What is is good for? It is used in Brazilian embroidery for the centre of flowers – but it also makes for wonderful seaweed like growths in marine images. For me this is the most fun stitch so I thought it a good one to go out on – have fun with Drizzle stitch

As Usual you can find a tutorial for Drizzle stitch in my Stitch Dictionary.

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Share what you do with Stitch 100

You will find all the information you need to join in the challenge now or next year on  the TAST FAQ page.

Where to share: Stitch a sample, photograph it, and share it. Join the  TAST facebook group and leave your photo there. Hashtags are #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. Go for it – share and see what others have done too.
If you have a site put it online on your blog, flickr site, or where ever you hang out online, and leave a comment on the Drizzle 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.

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 about how to design and make a crazy quilt. From fabric choice, to balancing colour, texture and pattern, in order direct the eye around the block.  I cover 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.
Crazy quilt template set 2 Have you seen my Stitchers Templates?

As someone who loves crazy quilting and embroidery I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to use in your stitching projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and are compact in your sewing box.

Templates set 1 you will find here 
Templates set 2 you will find here 

 

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2020 crazy quilt block 5

It’s time to share my next block in the 2020 challenge. Here is my 2020 crazy quilt block 5. The hexagon, when finished and bound, has 4-inch sides and is 8 inches from point to point across.

2020 crazy quilt block 5For those readers who have not yet come across the 2020 challenge,  the aim is to stitch a crazy quilt using 2,020 different items to mark the year 2020. You will find the guidelines, information and a list of free resources here.

Meanwhile, back to my starting point for 2020 crazy quilt block 5.

2020 crazy quilt block 5 unembellished

I only used 4 pieces of fabric and 1 piece of hand dyed lace on this block. As I was piecing it, I included some prairie-points made from 1-inch-wide satin ribbon. The ends were tucked into the seam joining pieces 1 and 2.

Here is the pattern for those who want to use it:

2020 crazy quilt block 5 pattern

Details on my 2020 crazy quilt block 5

The first photograph illustrates two details on the block.

2020 crazy quilt block 5 detail 1 The first detail covers the seam that runs between piece 3 and the first 2 pieces on the block. I used my templates to mark the curves and then worked Stem stitch (counted on block 1) using a hand-dyed cotton perle #5. I added Oyster stitch worked in the same thread, along the lines.  After that, I added some straight stitches to the top in a pinkish Metallic Kreinik Fine Braid (sorry I don’t have the shade number as the label has fallen off) and pale blue cotton perle #12. I topped these with a small seed bead. The flower shapes are made of Preciosa Pips which are Czech glass beads in a pale rose copper colour. I arranged them in whole or part circles so they looked like flowers. In the middle, I used some small glass beads that are flower shaped but have a bit of shank so they sit in the middle well.

2020 crazy quilt block 5 detail 2The next seam is decorated with a  line of Triangular buttonhole stitch worked in the same fine pale blue cotton perle #12. I topped these with a small blue seed bead.

I then used six flower shaped buttons to form a herbaceous border of flowers. The stems are worked in silk ribbon that has been hand-dyed. I used Stem stitch (counted on block 1) and Leaf Stitch (counted on Block 4 and can be found on page 133 of my book). This row was fun and quick to do!

2020 crazy quilt block 5 detail 3The next crazy quilt detail here, is the seam that runs the length of the block along piece 4. I attached some hand dyed lace before beading the edge. The curves were created using my templates and marked using a dissolvable pen. The chain stitch covered the marking. To work these lines I used a hand dyed silk thread that is the same thickness as cotton perle #8 thread. I then tucked some Detached Chain stitches (counted on block 1) into the corners and added the camio last.

Count on 2020 crazy quilt block 5

Seed beads are not counted

Fabric: 4
Lace and ribbon: 2
Buttons: 6 Vintage buttons
Novelty beads: 2 Preciosa Pips Czech glass beads pale rose copper colour, small glass flower shaped novelty beads.
Charms: 1 camio
Specialty threads:  4 Metallic Kreinik Fine Braid, 4mm hand dyed silk ribbon,  hand dyed cotton perle #5, hand dyed cotton perle #5, pale blue cotton perle #12
Stitches: 3 new stitches  which are Triangular buttonhole stitchchain stitch , Oyster stitch

Total 22
Previous tally 120

Total of items to date 142

I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I have done on the fifth block of my 2020 crazy quilt. Feel free to ask questions or simply leave a comment.

If you want to join the challenge the guidelines are here and the admins on the big Facebook groups Crazy Quilt Divas and Crazy Quilt International  are happy to see people share their work there. So follow the links and join the groups if you are Facebook person.  For those who have blogs, you can leave your web address in the comments – each week as you progress. Instagram people can use #2020crazyquilt to share progress photos.

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 about how to design and make a crazy quilt. From fabric choice, to balancing colour, texture and pattern, to direct the eye around the block.  I also cover how to stitch, build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim was to be practical and inspiring.

My Crazy quilters templates

My templates for crazy quilters aim to help you take your stitching to the next level. With my templates you are able to create hundreds of different hand embroidery patterns to embellish your seams  with flair. These templates are easy to use, made of clear plastic so you can position them easily and are compact in your sewing box.

using my Crazy Quilt Templates set 2These are simple to use. You simply position the template in place and use a quilter’s pencil to trace along the edge of the template. Stitch along this line to decorate the seam. I have a free ebook of patterns to accompany each set which illustrates how they can be used.

TO ORDER your Crazy Quilt Templates

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 
Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here 

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