Have a safe and happy holiday season

Christmas wishes graphicThis morning I want wish all my readers a safe and happy holiday season.

A free hand embroidery pattern.

I hope readers enjoy this pattern . You can outline the tree decorations in stem stitch or chain stitch and I have left plenty of spaces for beads and sequins if you want to add them. I came up with idea as I was looking for something simple and quick to put on a small gift bag but you could use it on a card too. Anyway I hope people enjoy it.

Many readers have noticed my revamped newsletter. I often give away a free pattern for my regular subscribers. I don’t pester people too much, but write every 2-4 weeks. In the process of creating these patterns, I have really enjoyed rediscovering my pleasure using Illustrator. They have been a lot of fun and I plan to continue sharing these.

Christmas-free-hand-embroidery-pattern

Other free resources

If  you need to know how to work hand embroidery stitches, I have provided free,  12 Surface Stitches for Beginners. Follow the link for a direct PDF download.

There are also free modules in my stitchers worksheets which cover the basic stitches. They are free and none of my stuff asks you to subscribe to anything or join this or that, they are a simple give away. For more stitches can also visit my stitch dictionary

cq seams tutorial screenshot In this past year apart from running the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge, and giving away free crazy quilt block patterns from my I Dropped the Button Box Quilt I gave out a tutorial on how to work decorative crazy quilt seams. In case you missed it, here is the  download  and keep it as an ebook on a tablet, or print it out easily.

News of next year

As of January 9th I will have been writing this blog for 11 years a good 9 of those I was writing daily. Since an internet year is roughly 4.7 years to 1 normal year that means I have been writing this blog for the equivalent of 51.7 years.

An internet year is like a dog year and measured in terms of how fast technology and content changes compared to the non-digital world. So if you have ever felt that doing a particular task online involves a steep learning curve or got annoyed at things changing all the time, usually just as you have learnt to do something, then what you have suffered is the experience of internet time. Another way to compare it is a shop might do a renovation to freshen their look every decade or so whereas a website will revamp every 2 years or so.

After writing this blog for so long I feel in need of long service leave! Now don’t go in panic I will be back. The last decade of blogging has added so much to my life such as traveling to America to teach crazy quilting, it has provided me with an income online teaching which has been totally wonderful as I have worked from home doing something I love. Probably one of the most exciting things I have done is to design a product, get it manufactured and to sell it through my website. I can’t explain the thrill it is to imagine something, and then make it a real thing. Of course this ‘thing’ I am talking about is my crazy quilt templates.

So don’t fret, I will be back blogging after a break. I still have many ideas for interesting things I can do on this site. I would love to stay in touch via my newsletter as I will be bouncing back in a couple of months or sooner if I feel genuinely refreshed. It would be great if I could drop you a line to tell you. Subscribing is easy just follow the link, enter your email address, remember to confirm your subscription otherwise you will not get the newsletters.

I also plan to use my ‘break’ time to complete my book on crazy quilting. Readers will be pleased to know that the first draft is done, I have taken a heap of new photos for it. So with that eye candy sitting on my hard drive, the book project is well underway. Hopefully with not having the blog eating into my creative time achieving this gaol will be easier. I want cross a book on crazy quilting off my 2015 todo list.

There will be a few shifts and changes next year. As regular readers know In 2014 I wrapped up my online classes. I wanted to clear the decks for 2015 to be a year that allows me to be open to changes. I know that sounds like a lot of preparation to free myself up, but that sort of planning was needed. The idea is to take a break from online life, roll up my sleeves and complete the book, then look again at a lot of ideas I have and see what project is next.

I have plans to develop Tones and Tints in 2015 but not until after I have the book done. My interests have been shifting toward this direction for quite some time. So after deciding that restless mood of mine is not a whim and I will follow my instincts. The two areas will be kept separate. In 2015 I will have Pintangle for stitch related interests and Tones and Tints for drawing, paper arts and art/studio journalling. I am venturing more into both drawing and mixed media but more news about that next year.

That is enough of the babble from me. From my home to yours, wherever you are, no matter what faith my best wishes and thoughts of the season. And for all my readers I hope all your needles are easily threaded, your floss stays knot and tangle free.

See you next year!

Free Hand Embroidery Patterns Online

I have been browsing the Internet archive and discovered An Embroidery Pattern Book by Mary Waring. This book is free to download and as the title suggests is full patterns.

free hand embroidery pattern of treesLet me share some of the delightful patterns that I discovered in this book. I pounced on these as they would make great motifs for the holiday season. Of course when I saw this pattern I thought of Christmas trees and immediately thought they would be good motifs on a stocking,  on small gift bags or they could be used as hand embroidered inserts on cards. Decorated with beads and sequins they would make fun projects for young stitchers too.

hand embroidery pattern for Christmas decorations

These motifs would lend themselves to being used as Christmas tree decorations or as little decorative elements in crazy quilting or on small needlework projects such as needle books or biscorno pin cushions.

hand embroidery pattern The book opens with a section on borders which you can use on borders but also will give crazy quilters lots of ideas for seam decorations too! A section on pattern darning made me want to try some of them on my sampler as pattern darning is an ideal technique to fill an area.

hand embroidery pattern of flowersI am always looking for ideas to interpret flowers so this set inspired a few fresh doodles.

hand embroidery pattern of insectsHere are the bugs to go alongside them!

hand embroidery pattern of rabbit mouse squirrel and hedgehogAdd a few woodland creatures and then some birdlife and you have a whole scene.

free hand embroidery pattern of birdsAs you can see many of these patterns are meant to be used as single motifs which make them ideal for embroidery on a crazy quilt project.

Readers who like retro stitching will love the patterns found in  An Embroidery Pattern Book by Mary Waring. There are many treasures to be discovered in out of copyright resources. They do not have the modern photography and lush illustrations of modern books but often they hold charming patterns and good solid stitching tips that are not found in todays books.

All of the books on the Internet Archive are offered in various formats such as PDF, EPUB, Kindle, a text file, or as an html file which means you can read them online.

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