Seasons Greetings

 

You have to imagine this – Here I sit in my twirly chair with a big silly grin on my face, the chair is going round and round and I am waving to all corners of globe. It’s the silly season I am allowed to be silly. I want to wish everyone all the best for the holiday season. I hope you have wonderful and safe times. Like my readers I am preparing for the Holidays. Not only have we been doing the usual gift shopping and cooking but also walking regularly and since I am in Australia it’s our summer so I have been out in the garden enjoying the season. These poor kangaroos were photographed by Jerry last winter.

Looking back and looking forward

It has been a very eventful year for me. Of course the biggest thrill has been the release of my book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results. It has had a wonderful reception. I can’t really explain how satisfying it has been. Every time I think of it I smile. Honestly at the time of writing I doubted my sanity but now I try not to look like an idiot smiling so much. Now of course I am thinking of my next one.

Another book? Your ideas wanted

I have just started the process of proposing another book – in fact it is the stitch dictionary added to, expanded and profusely illustrated with samples. Lots of eye candy in other words. I would love to hear what readers think of as the perfect stitch dictionary. Do leave comments and let me know as it will shape what I write. The project is at the proposal stage so it will be a while but I am excited and energised about it.

Travel

Early in the year Jerry wrote up our travels about our long 800 kilometre (500 miles) walk across Spain. You can read about here. The news is that this coming year we are going to do it again! We will travel in the Northern Spring. Pintangle will be pre-written and set to publish so dont worry about missing out on TAST or other goodies as post will appear as they are scheduled.

We aslo went to Kuching for the Urban Sketchers Asia Sketch walk. It was a great week sketching the city. We took advantage of the trip and went to Cambodia to see the temples at Angkor Wat. I did a bit of sketching there and had a wonderful time. Sketching is not something I write about on Pintangle but I love sketching on location and hope to do some more of it next year. Cambodia was a real bucket list item but now I want to go again!  (Click on the image to see a larger version)

What else is coming up next Year?

2020 crazy quilt block 3 by Sharon BoggonWe have two challenges running next year the first is 2020 challenge. So no doubt I will be busy.  The idea is to make a crazy quilt using 2020 different items by the end of the year 2020. You will find all the details on the 2020 Crazy Quilt Guidelines page. Its fun and I am enjoying posting my blocks immensely. You will find them all and their patterns free in the 2020 Crazy quilt Archives

The TAST challenge restarts up next too! There has been many new members in the Facebook group which is now well and truly over 4000 people. I really love to see the creative interpretations of some of the stitches that I propose. This year TAST is a little different as I am running two versions of TAST concurrently. The regular TAST starts upon the 2nd but for people who have done TAST before or are experienced embroiderers we are adding another level to TAST –  Beyond TAST! Details about both versions of the challenge are on the TAST guidelines page.

In the meanwhile over the years I have supplied a few free resources at this time of year but this year I have been a bit pushed for time so I decided to bit a round up of resources that are already on the site but easily get burried. I really do appreciate my readers and I like to say thanks.

Here are some free hand embroidery patterns which I hope readers enjoy.

Free Christmas tree pattern coloured

Free Christmas tree patternThis  free hand embroidery pattern of Christmas trees you can outline the trees in stem stitch or chain stitch and there is plenty of spaces for beads and sequins if you want to add them. I have also made it available in PDF file format so you can print it out easily. Download the PDF file here Christmas-free-hand-embroidery-pattern

screenshot of tutoral

Here is another free patterns that can be outlined in stem stitch or chain stitch and as usual I have left plenty of spaces for beads and sequins if you want to add them.

For crazy quilters

There are many other free resources on this site but probably one of the most useful resources for crazy quilters is a tutorial on how to work decorative crazy quilt seams. I have a screenshot (left) of one of the 17 page mini ebook. Here is the  download  and keep it as an ebook on a tablet, or print it out easily.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Anyway I hope people enjoy these offerings and I want to wish all my readers a happy holiday season and all the best for the new year. I hope everyone finds some quiet time for stitching. See you back here on the 2nd when TAST starts up again!

43 Comments

  1. Happy Holidays nd a very Joyful New Year! Sounds like you have lots on the burner. Thank you for sharing you techniques and passion with the wonderful community you’ve created! Looking forward to the New Year with TAST!

    Marilyn from Seattle!

    Marilyn waite
  2. Thank you so much for your generous and expert information. God Bless and my warmest wishes to you and yours this Christmas. I can’t thank you enough for what I have learned from your posts and your book…love the book and I have started my own stitch book with your posts printed showing the techniques and my little scraps of fabric with my attempts. I struggle with creating combinations of stitches for crazy quilting and freeform….I know how to do the stitches separately, but struggle to know how to combine them for effect. Thanks so much and I’m on your journeys with you….thanks for inviting me Dx

    Donna Gallagher
  3. Queenie Patch said what I think to answer the question of what I would like in a stitch book.

    I’m not a beginner and would prefer a book that does not go into great detail about what fabric, threads and needles to use.

    The attraction for me in the expanded TAST is the stitching grouped in families and I hope to expand my knowledge of using the stitches in freeform embroidery, not just crazy quilt.

    Whatever you choose to include in a new book will certainly be of interest to all of us that embroider. Thank you for continuing to promote needlework.

    Merry Christmas

  4. Hi Sharon,

    Wishing you and your family every Happiness for this Joyous Season and a Happy, Safe and Healthy New Year.
    And the same to all on the site.

    Thank you for all you do here and for the embroidery community in general.

    I have really enjoyed your book and so look forward to the dictionary. Besides clear and detailed drawings of the basic stitch I would like to see drawings (drawings seem to be a bit clearer than photos, if that makes any sense!) again clear and detailed of how to take the basic stitch further, such as some people do in TAST. I am not sure who or where to give as an example, so you can see this is certainly needed, maybe Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn? Reinforced and spiral bound would be good also.
    Thank you again
    Cheers Judy
    in hot South East Queensland

    Judy Sheppard
  5. Merry Christmas from Tokyo.
    Thank you for everything you do to promote stitching.
    Your book on Crazy Quilting is is most informative and INSPIRING.
    I am sure a Stitch Dictionary in book form would be equally packed with information, instructions, inspiration and pure eye candy.
    I agree with Kim and Beth Norris’ comments and think the perfect book is
    spiral bound and/or able to stand up.
    It would also have information on
    how to start and end a thread,
    how to change to a new thread in the middle of a line,
    how to turn corners with e.g. Stem and Chain Stitch,
    how to fasten threads of wide stitches on Aida or even weave,
    how to manage thread twists or
    which stitches are suitable for S- and Z-twisted threads,
    pictures for left-handed stitchers….
    this could be the ultimate stitch dictionary and stitch guide!
    With pictures of your beautiful embroidery it would also be a delightful coffee table book, calling out to anyone to take up needle and thread.

  6. Happy holidays to you and yours, Sharon. Thank you for all your posts in Pintangle. I am learning so much. Your book, The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results, is a favorite resource. I applaud your proposal for a stitch dictionary. I would love to purchase a copy as soon as it is published. Keep us posted!

    Paula Beck
  7. Wishing you and Jerry a Merry Christmas and a happy, creative, inspirational and healthy 2018.

    Good to read you’re thinking about another book. What I would like to see in a stitch dictionary is the experimenting part after learning a stitch. Most stitch dictionaries tell you how you should work a stitch, but don’t tell you that you can experiment with it. For me that’s a big part of the fun, but I think you already now that! And it would be great to read about the designing part of embroidery, like in your sumptuous surface class.

  8. Dear Sharon, a fantastic lot of information. Thank you so much to always think of your stitching followers. I will always have a peek into TAST AND BEYOND and am looking forward to it. I wish you and dear Jerry a happy and peaceful Christmas and good luck for all your plans in the New Year.
    There will be wonderful new experiences – and surely you and Jerry will supply us with interesting reports. Love – Anneliese and Drazen

  9. Merry Christmas to you and yours! Also thank you both for all the ideas and knowledge you share so generously.

    For a stitch book, of course clear diagrams, but I would also love to see some examples of the stitch in use as you often do with TAST. I know there are lots of choices in stitch books, but the ones I like best take time to include basics such as how to start and stop a thread, and include the simple beginning stitches as well as the interesting and complex stitches. Having some scheme for organizing it is helpful as well, whether simple alphabetical or by family. Another wish is perhaps an appendix the suggests line stitches and fill stitches and … and are there other groups? Singletons?

    I’m definitely looking forward to another of your books!

    Beth Norris
  10. Thank you for a great 2017, it’s been fun. And merry Christmas to your family. I’d love another book with great illustrations and pictures. I’m looking forward to starting a new stitching adventure in 2018.
    Cheers

    Jackie Lott
  11. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours, Sharon!!!

    I am fascinated by your 500 mile walk. It must have been great!

    I’m inspired by your beautiful blocks and may attempt one myself this coming year!

    Barbara

    Barbara
  12. Thank You Sharon for the ebook on Crazy Quilt seam treatments 🙂 I love crazy quilts but have never had the imagination to figure out how to come up with seam designs. You are so generous with your time and talent. Thanks again!

    Ruth
  13. Hello Sharon.

    I would love to see your book be spiral bound and also be able to stand up while stitching, making it easier to follow along as I stitch. Just love the first book and happy you’re doing the stitch dictionary!!!!! I had suggested that to and so glad it will happen!!!!

    Merrry Christmas!!!

    Kim
  14. I have been lucky enough to have been given you new book as a Christmas gift by a dear friend who is joining me in the TAST challenge. I love the book! This is my 3rd attempt at TAST so with my friend Rosie I hope to be more diligent and make more progress!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Lainie Windust
  15. Wishing you and Jerry (and Eve, wherever she is at the moment) a very happy Christmas and New Year too, Sharon. I have several stitch dictionaries just like you however they are packed away right now so I can’t access them. The one with diagrams drawn in heavy black print is my least favourite – you’ll have to remind me who wrote it……Edith someone??? I think a stitch dictionary should have diagram step-by-step, followed by a stitched step-by-step of the basic stitch. Then pages of drawings like the ones in your first book, showing what can be done with the basic stitch and maybe some stitched examples but the drawings are what appeal to me personally. I’ve nearly finished my first 60cm 2020 block but Christmas presents for the grandkids – dolls’ outfits x 9, model railway buildings in heavy card x 3, model railway people painted in Humbrol oil paints x 40 – you get my drift. Anyway, that’s my 2 cents worth. Cheers, Viv

    Vivienne Garforth
    1. Thanks Viv – I think the diagramed book you dont like is by Edith Johns. Interesting what you say about ilustrations – they used to do that in th e50s alot and I must admit I love those old books – I have my thinking cap on!

      sharonb

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