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 66

TAST Stitch 66 is called Twisted Lattice Band  this stitch can be used as a border or worked row upon row to form a filler. It can be worked in contrasting threads to great effect. It can also be used a crazy quilt seam embellishment. For an extra decorative effect I have often used a metallic thread in the second stage to lace the double herringbone and added a bead in the spaces created by the lacing down the middle of band.

Visit the  Twisted Lattice Band  tutorial, see how its done and have fu exploring the stitch.

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  Twisted Lattice Band 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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Crazy Quilt Block 99 Pattern and Hand Embroidery Details

Crazy Quilt Block 99Crazy quilt block 99 is another favourite from my I Dropped the Button Box quilt. Regular readers will know that when I made this quilt one of my personal challenges was to use up some of my stash and since it is a Y2K quilt I wanted to find and use 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons.

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.It is far more softer than I usually worked at that time. You can click on the photo to see a larger version.

Crazy Quilt Block 99 diagramCrazy Quilt Block 99 Fabric content:

Piece 1: Synthetic mix brocade
Piece 2: Synthetic
Piece 3: Silk Brocade
Piece 4: Soft furnishing fabric
Piece 5: Silk
Piece 6: Velvet
Piece 7: Synthetic

Item Count: 

The on going item count list below represents the items documented to date in this series of articles. As I have said my aim was to use 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons. Since this is block 99 you can see what is happening- I am going to be short. I realised this as stitched blocks too but I did come up with a solution which I will share on block 100. ( I am mean I know…)

Fabric: 7
Lace, braid and ribbon: 2
Buttons and charms:8
Total items on this block: 17

Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1892

Crazy Quilt Block 99 free Pattern

 Crazy Quilt Block 99 pattern

How I hand embroidered the seams on Crazy Quilt Block 99

Crazy Quilt Block 99 detail 639When I pieced the block I included this nylon lace.I decorated it with Detached Chain stitches, Oyster stitches, Quarter Buttonhole Wheels, Straight stitches and seed beads.

Crazy Quilt Block 99 detail 640This seam started with fly stitch worked in a hand dyed cotton thread. I then added Detached Chain Stitches and French  Knots.

Crazy Quilt Block 99 detail 641These stitches are Quarter buttonhole wheels worked in cotton perle #5 thread

Crazy Quilt Block 99 detail 642This seam is hand embroidered with Feather stitch worked in cotton perle #5 and decorated with detached Chain stitches and seed beads.

Crazy Quilt Block 99 detail 643The stitches used in this floral motif is whipped chain stitch for the stems, the flowers are Bullion Knots wrapped in Detached chain stitch, with a French knot in the middle. The leaves are made from detached chain stitch.  The threads are a hand dyed silk.

Crazy Quilt Block 99 detail 644The button cluster is a mix of modern plastic buttons and vintage buttons.
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 65

TAST Stitch 65 is a stitch called Top Knotted Buttonhole. If you work this stitch in a circle with the arms pointed outwards they make nice little flowers.  Top Knotted Buttonhole is fun and easy stitch to work once you get in the rhythm. Visit the tutorial for  Top Knotted Buttonhole for full instructions and have fun experimenting.

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, and leave a comment on the  Top Knotted Buttonhole page telling us where it is so that people can visit your site and see what you have done.

Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group.  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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