Tutorials and Mini series on Pintangle

I have been putting together a list of resources and tutorials that are here on Pintangle. Many  people so not browse categories or tags so I thought I would start listing some resources I have posted in the past.

Crazy quilting and Hand Embroidery 

This series of posts on How to assemble a Crazy Quilt includes

12 Surface Stitches for Beginners This is a direct PDF download You need Acrobat reader to read it.

A tutorial on how to make a Ric Rac Rose 

How to make a 5 pointed ribbon flower

How to stitch a silk ribbon Farago Rose

How to Transfer Embroidery patterns to fabric 

 Studio Journalling

Some tips on choosing a Visual Journal

Adding pages to a wire bound journal 

Art Journal Technique Gesso as base 

From Studio Journal Design to Embroidery 

Dueling Fiddlers from photo to stitch

Other items

Tips for managing large projects.

How to make fabric from scrap thread (what I did with the contents of my Orts Jar)

Tips for using Chenille thread 

What is Ribbon Floss?

How to use transfer dyes to print on synthetic fabric.

Skeining and tying off threads to dye

Mistyfuse is fantastic a product review

Grip-n-Stitch embroidery frame review

Print fabric on demand services compared

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There are a number of services online that will take a digital design and print small lengths of fabric. Unlike the big print houses they are aimed at very small runs and do not have expensive set up costs or minimum runs that make it prohibitive for a studio based textile practitioner to use.

Many people know of Spoonflower and Karma Kraft but did you know about Fabric on Demand?  Each service offers a slightly different product and it is sometimes hard to compare what is what.

Kim of True Up performed a Digital Fabric Printing Experiment and sent digital files to each and compared the printed results.

You will find a comprehensive illustrated comparison of print colour and quality on her blog alongside a very useful spreadsheet of the results of her research which Kim is giving away as  PDF file on her website

History of a Colour Cochineal Red

The Metmuseum  has produced a series of YouTube videos in a series of lectures under the title of “Sunday at the Met” 

Cochineal produces a red crimson dye.  Elena Phipp, Textile historian takes us through its history via the textile collection at the Metropolitan Museum. 

The story starting off with the history of red as a colour and following the history of dyes stuff around the globe you can easily listen and stitch to Cochineal Red: The Art History of a Colour (that is what I did ) so settle back and hear a very interesting well researched lecture on the history of this dyestuff.

How to do Chemical Cutwork using Fiber Etch

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Threads Magazine has once again run an excellent online article that introduces readers to Creating Chemical Cutwork using Fiber Etch

“This fiber remover chemically melts away cotton, linen, and other plant-fiber fabrics. Using synthetic embroidery thread, you can embroider a plant-fiber fabric. Just apply a thin layer of Fiber Etch to the fabric that you want to remove, let it dry, rinse or brush it out, and watch the fibers disappear.”