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 the United States to teach.
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 co-authored with Jerry Everard. It is our take our personal take on drawing, photographing and – when the opportunity arises – of travelling: including those travels we take at 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.
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 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.
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