Interviewed by Fiber Talk

Fiber talk screen shotJust to give everybody the heads up. I was interviewed by Gary Parr and Christine Williams for the Fiber Talk podcast!   We spent an hour talking of stitching stuff . I really enjoyed the chat.

If you have not come across podcasts before – check Fiber Talk out as you can listen while you stitch! I love them. So get your stitching and pop  over to the Fiber Talk website and have a listen to the interview with me

 

It is an audio file but you can catch the interview on You Tube ( no movie just stills)

Roaming for a while….

image of path

Hi Everyone! Well, the time has come to close the shop for a bit – my DH and I are heading off on our travels, so I won’t be able to handle any more orders until we return. We’ll be back in August refreshed, rejuvenated and ready – with plenty of time to post in time for the Holiday Season.

I will still be able to respond to limited emails, and of course, the TAST challenge will run. In fact, I have just finished a marathon effort and pre-written it until the end of August. However, please be aware that we will be using unreliable internet connections in Europe – so it could be a day or two before I can respond to queries or comments.

You are all in my heart as we set off to walk the ancient medieval pilgrimage road known as the Camino de Santiago across Spain. We will be walking 500 miles/ 800 kilometres from Southern France, over the Pyrenees mountain range, turn right when we reach Spain and walk until we get to Santiago de Compostella – reputedly where the remains of St James the Apostle are buried.

I know some of you will be shaking your head muttering to yourself “Didn’t she do that already?” Yes, we walked in 2016 and have become Camino tragics, so will do it again at a different time of year (Spring rather than Autumn) and stay in different villages and towns.

The route is over 1000 years old and is UNESCO World Heritage listed for the entire route, so we will be staying in ancient monasteries and pilgrim hostels along the way. I’m really excited because there is so much history along this route. At times we will be walking on actual Roman roads built 2000 years ago, and we will pass where Charlemagne took his troops, and 500 years later, so did Napoleon.

We will also be walking on ground that has been continuously inhabited for 1.2 million years by the earliest pre-humans in Europe, followed by the Neanderthals and then modern humans. We will be connecting with a history dating back to the dawn of time – Phew! I might need a cuppa on that one!

After our 500 mile walk, we will do some more travelling around before joining with hundreds of Urban Sketchers from all over the world to sketch in the historic town of Porto in Portugal, for the International Urban Sketchers Symposium, before returning to Australia in August.

If you want to follow our travels you can check out In a minute ago which is my blog about Journaling and  Sketching. Jerry’s blog is The Fogwatch. To be honest he is a much better writer than me and takes great photos (credit goes to him for these two) He wrote about our last Camino here 

image of Spanish Village

Seasons Greetings

 

You have to imagine this – Here I sit in my twirly chair with a big silly grin on my face, the chair is going round and round and I am waving to all corners of globe. It’s the silly season I am allowed to be silly. I want to wish everyone all the best for the holiday season. I hope you have wonderful and safe times. Like my readers I am preparing for the Holidays. Not only have we been doing the usual gift shopping and cooking but also walking regularly and since I am in Australia it’s our summer so I have been out in the garden enjoying the season. These poor kangaroos were photographed by Jerry last winter.

Looking back and looking forward

It has been a very eventful year for me. Of course the biggest thrill has been the release of my book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results. It has had a wonderful reception. I can’t really explain how satisfying it has been. Every time I think of it I smile. Honestly at the time of writing I doubted my sanity but now I try not to look like an idiot smiling so much. Now of course I am thinking of my next one.

Another book? Your ideas wanted

I have just started the process of proposing another book – in fact it is the stitch dictionary added to, expanded and profusely illustrated with samples. Lots of eye candy in other words. I would love to hear what readers think of as the perfect stitch dictionary. Do leave comments and let me know as it will shape what I write. The project is at the proposal stage so it will be a while but I am excited and energised about it.

Travel

Early in the year Jerry wrote up our travels about our long 800 kilometre (500 miles) walk across Spain. You can read about here. The news is that this coming year we are going to do it again! We will travel in the Northern Spring. Pintangle will be pre-written and set to publish so dont worry about missing out on TAST or other goodies as post will appear as they are scheduled.

We aslo went to Kuching for the Urban Sketchers Asia Sketch walk. It was a great week sketching the city. We took advantage of the trip and went to Cambodia to see the temples at Angkor Wat. I did a bit of sketching there and had a wonderful time. Sketching is not something I write about on Pintangle but I love sketching on location and hope to do some more of it next year. Cambodia was a real bucket list item but now I want to go again!  (Click on the image to see a larger version)

What else is coming up next Year?

2020 crazy quilt block 3 by Sharon BoggonWe have two challenges running next year the first is 2020 challenge. So no doubt I will be busy.  The idea is to make a crazy quilt using 2020 different items by the end of the year 2020. You will find all the details on the 2020 Crazy Quilt Guidelines page. Its fun and I am enjoying posting my blocks immensely. You will find them all and their patterns free in the 2020 Crazy quilt Archives

The TAST challenge restarts up next too! There has been many new members in the Facebook group which is now well and truly over 4000 people. I really love to see the creative interpretations of some of the stitches that I propose. This year TAST is a little different as I am running two versions of TAST concurrently. The regular TAST starts upon the 2nd but for people who have done TAST before or are experienced embroiderers we are adding another level to TAST –  Beyond TAST! Details about both versions of the challenge are on the TAST guidelines page.

In the meanwhile over the years I have supplied a few free resources at this time of year but this year I have been a bit pushed for time so I decided to bit a round up of resources that are already on the site but easily get burried. I really do appreciate my readers and I like to say thanks.

Here are some free hand embroidery patterns which I hope readers enjoy.

Free Christmas tree pattern coloured

Free Christmas tree patternThis  free hand embroidery pattern of Christmas trees you can outline the trees in stem stitch or chain stitch and there is plenty of spaces for beads and sequins if you want to add them. I have also made it available in PDF file format so you can print it out easily. Download the PDF file here Christmas-free-hand-embroidery-pattern

screenshot of tutoral

Here is another free patterns that can be outlined in stem stitch or chain stitch and as usual I have left plenty of spaces for beads and sequins if you want to add them.

For crazy quilters

There are many other free resources on this site but probably one of the most useful resources for crazy quilters is a tutorial on how to work decorative crazy quilt seams. I have a screenshot (left) of one of the 17 page mini ebook. Here is the  download  and keep it as an ebook on a tablet, or print it out easily.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Anyway I hope people enjoy these offerings and I want to wish all my readers a happy holiday season and all the best for the new year. I hope everyone finds some quiet time for stitching. See you back here on the 2nd when TAST starts up again!

Just a quick note

Just a quick note folks as I am getting emails asking why Pintangle has gone quiet. It’s nice to know people notice so a little catch up.

First up I went to Kuching in Borneo for the Asia Link sketch-up meeting. It was a wonderful week.

After that  we went on to Cambodia mainly to see the temples at Siem Reap. Angkor Wat has been on my bucket list for years. We were away for a few weeks and I had an amazing time sketching. I thought I would share a couple of photos from my travel journal/sketchbook.

It was really a wonderful holiday. But …

there is always a but …

I have picked up a very nasty flu and have been quite sick. I have been so sick I have not even been stitching! For people who know me that is unheard of. I am on the mend but it’s knocked me around a good bit and at the moment have zero energy.

So until I feel my old self I will taking a bit of time off blogging. I am still around doing email, facebook etc but I will just take a little break from Pintangle updates. So don’t worry all is fine and for those who have written to me thanks for your concerns I appreciate it.