Pintangle focuses on contemporary hand embroidery and cary quilting. Here you will find hand stitch tutorials, free patterns, eye candy galore, and I highlight stitch related online resources. I mainly focus on hand embroidery and crazy quilting as my aim is to promote and encourage hand embroidery as a form of self expression.

A little back story

I am trained in the visual arts and taught at the Textiles workshop at the Canberra School of Art which is part of the Australian National University. I have always been interested in textiles and technology and my career shifted to teaching Web Design. It was in this capacity that I first encountered blogs in 2001. After reading many blogs I started  writing my own in January 2004 and its been a wonderful crazy hectic ride ever since. Keeping a blog literally changed my life.

I am now full time in my studio and am thoroughly enjoying life. My online workshops are currently on hold while I write a book on crazy quilting.  I occasionally travel to teach and present workshops in hand embroidery and/or crazy quilting. In 2011 I was fortunate enough to travel to teach at An Adventure in Crazy Quilting at Glastonbury, Connecticut, USA. It was a load of fun.

In 2013 I had the thrill of imagining a product, designing the perfect item for me and then taking it that step further to be  manufactured. It was a great thrill to have something made that did not exist before other than in my imagination. I am speaking of my Crazy Quilters Templates which I sell here on Pintangle.

Other Places I am Online

Tones and Tints is my other blog. It is my take journaling, drawing, and creativity.

My main static website is In a minute ago it houses a hand embroidery Stitch dictionary. The stitch dictionary is in the process of being moved here. Each stitch is illustrated with step by step photos . For Crazy quilters In a minute ago houses eye candy which includes I dropped the button box crazy quilt and 8 inch blocks, there are also other crazy quilted projects

There are also a number of projects that were run in order to raise money for charity. The All that Jazz  crazy quilts were a fundraiser for survivors of the Katrina hurricane disaster. Members of the Southern Cross Crazies discussion group and the Canberra Crazy Quilters, at the First National Crazy Quilt Retreat were invited to decorate a bra in order to raise funds for Breast cancer research. Images of all the bras are in the Can-bra gallery

For Students

For those students that drop me an email because they have to write about a contemporary fiber artist.  I have an extended about page and an artist’s statement  on my static website In a Minute Ago. If you really can’t find an answer to a question feel free to email me, but I won’t write your essay for you. If the answer is on either of those pages, I will be mean and simply redirect you back to these pages to look, think and write. Sorry but  that is what research involves, and yes you can have an image or two for your essay providing you credit me as the source.

Comments Policy

All comments are moderated to keep out spam. Comments that are racist, sexist or made by people who like to offend or stir up trouble are deleted and ignored.

Privacy Policy 

I have a firm commitment to your privacy as I hate spam just as much as you do.  Under no circumstances will I sell, transfer or disseminate this information to any other party.

Affiliate links and adverts 

I have adverts and Amazon affiliate links on the website to offset costs associated with running it. This means if you click on a advert I get a small financial reward or if follow a link to amazon and purchase a product I get a percentage of the sale. I never create articles purely to promote affiliate links nor do I recommend anything that I have not used. I only ever talk about products that I think my readers will find useful.  Also if you buy a product via an affiliate link this does not add to what you pay — the commission comes from Amazon’s profit on the item sold.

Wipes brow and thinks to self that should keep everyone happy. Enjoy the blog!


16 Responses to About

  1. Kate says:

    Sharon, I too have followed your blog for many years now, and have greatly missed the ideas and encouragement you have generously shared through your weekly challenges….I am delighted that you have had a well earned rest from blogging and had the opportunity to do some of the other things that you enjoy( I also follow ‘Tones and Tints’) and completed your book….I very much look forward to its release, and, (when the time is right for you) the return of your inspirational and informative updates. Best wishes Kate x

  2. Barbara says:

    Hi Sharon, I had been following your blog for a number of years and more recently I subscribed to your newsletters and blog updates and was very sad when you announced you were taking a break. I fully appreciate your reasons for doing so and think you have been so generous the number of years you have been blogging about embroidery and crazy quilting. I certainly miss your regular updates and I hope you don’t mind that I have linked to your stitch dictionary and Pintangle on my blog for any new stitchers. Again, thank you for all the work you have done and for sharing it. Barbara xx

    • sharonb says:

      HI Barbara
      thanks for the links on your blog. I will be back soon as I have the first draft of my book on crazy quilting done and we are well into the photo shoot and second edit. I have found while I blog I constantly defer other forms of writing as I like chatting to people. So I have been strict with myself and have doing that. It has also been just wonderful to setp aside from the weekly routine of blogging – but I am looking forward to returning when the book is done

  3. Ana Lucy siqueira says:

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  5. Peggy Kimble says:

    I hope you have a wonderful holiday – thank you for StitchinFingers, and for the year of Tast stitches – it was fun to do each week. Receive Mary Corbet’s Needlen’thread which I enjoy, look forward to anything she does in the future, and grateful for all your work on our behalf. May all you could wish for in 2013 be yours.
    Happy New Year. Peggy

  6. sewmuch2do says:

    I am a quilter, sewist, embroiderer, and just found this site this morning, and I LOVE IT!! Can’t wait to dig through more and try out the TAST. THANKS!!!

  7. Gerry Krueger says:

    I’m singing your praises again on block talk…. Such fond memories………. Hope you get here again as I would travel most anywhere to take another class….. Gerry

  8. OwlBe says:

    Yeah, I’m happy for spell checkers, they’ve saved me many a time! Glad you found it, now we can be united once more LOL!
    Sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner, silly me I thought if you made a reply back it would come via e-mail :~)
    Happy Stitchin’!

  9. OwlBe says:

    Hi Sharon
    I was reading about you and had to laugh! You have a typo that really tickled me. I know you do things the right way and thought I would let you know of the parfoo… you wrote ” I was fortunate enough to travel to the Untied States to teach.” I personally think we are untied states, but who am I to judge?
    So sorry I didn’t get to meet you in person. I’ve been following and learning so much from your site – Love your stitches!
    Thank you!

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