Pintangle offers tutorials, free patterns, eye candy galore, and tracks stitch related online resources. I mainly focus on hand embroidery and crazy quilting as my aim is to promote and encourage hand embroidery but I also follow topics related to contemporary textile practice, crafts, studio and art journals.

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 running online workshops and occasionally travelling 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 Stencils 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 – when the opportunity arises – of travelling: including those travels I take from home by seeing the world in a new way.

My main static website is In a minute ago it houses a hand embroidery Stitch dictionary. Each stitch is illustrated with step by step photos and I have categorised each stitch as to its degree of difficulty so if ever you need a stitch guide you will find it there.

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.

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


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  4. 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!

  5. 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’!

  6. 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

  7. 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!!!

  8. 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

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  10. Ana Lucy siqueira says:

    Adorei encontrar seu site

  11. 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

  12. 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

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