Work in Progress Wednesdays the Hussif Sewing Caddy

Hussif sewing caddy pocketHi all it is work in Progress Wednesday and here I am with my mini challenge report.

This week I did one of the pockets that will be inside the sewing caddy hussif. It is the pocket that will hold my stencils.

To be honest it’s a bit of cheat to say I did this week as I had it half done for the review I wrote about colour stream products but I did finish it off! That is my story and I sticking to it.

I managed only a small bit of stitching this week as my class has been keeping me busy. As anyone who has taken any of my classes knows I try and respond to everyone. With 170 people in the class that keeps me at the computer!

Click on the image and it will take you to larger photo

For those that simply land here as a result of a search engine or because you have not dropped in for a while a hussif is a sewing roll or sewing kit or caddy but I gave a more detailed answer here . This is a min challenge where the idea is that people design their own hussifs. Any style of  quilting or embroidery is acceptable just make your hussif the hussif you have always wanted to own!  The is no deadline but aim for quality or give yourself a space for experimentation not simply tick off another project.  I presented some informal guidelines here .

For those who do crazy quilting one of the challenges this year on CrazyQuilting International is to create a hussif you may want to combine the two challenges. If you are a crazy quilter and working a hussif dont forget my give away tutorial on how to work decorative crazy quilt seams

What have you done this week that takes you towards your stitching goals? Leave a comment and let us know .

Great to be back!

Freeform Contemporary EmbroideryHi everyone here I sit in what I call my spinning chair, because it is on wheels and spins around – and like a big kid I am spinning waving in all 4 directions of the globe. I don’t want to miss anyone. I have a big silly grin on my face and am back refreshed and ready for a new year.

I have to admit I was anticipating being back earlier but Australia has been melting under a heat wave and I had a week or so without my computer! Oh I was pathetic – you should have seen me, even my spinning chair did not amuse …

This blog had a 10 year anniversary on the 9th of January. That has to be something to be proud of or so they tell me…  In the blogosphere there is a tradition to link to the first post on an anniversary. Well here is my first post 10 years ago. As you can see I started with a question. Gosh blogs and blogsphere have changed in that time but it has been a great decade.

What is on the agenda this year? Well, I am heading into a productive year as I am going to be writing a book on Crazy Quilting so posting here may be a little erratic at times but I hope not. That said I am not going to beat myself up if I miss a post or two either.

Freeform EmbroideryTAST

I have been thinking long and hard about Take a Stitch Tuesday and although I can’t promise to add stitches weekly I hope to add more of the beaded stitches for the simple reason beaded embroidery is wonderful technique to explore. Tomorrow I have a treat in store.

I don’t want to promise too much as I am in a phase of transition but I also want to share the silk ribbon stitches too as I know many people want to learn this type of embroidery.

That said, over the holidays I was playing around with the freeform embroidery (above and if you click on the image to the left you can see a larger view) and it is so much fun – really it is, and at the moment I can’t keep my hands off it.

Anyway back to stitching and stitches, as I know that is what readers want I have decided to see how my work load pans out and add as many as I can. It won’t be every week but I will do my best.  If you want to make sure you don’t miss out on the TAST updates Subscribe to Pin Tangle by Email and have it delivered to your In Box. Follow the link to sign up. You do not have to work the stitches or do the challenge to take advantage of this.

What do you want to see happen with Work in Progress Wednesdays? 

I have had readers ask what will happen with Work in Progress Wednesdays. What do people want? I can open a post so people can leave updates of what they have done on their latest project. It is easy to do and when I have something to share I can share.

We can open it up to any stitching people would like to share with others -such as starting a project,  stash busting,  finishing a project or experimenting.

Yet another suggestion was that I set up a Facebook group where people can share what they are stitching. I am not sure about this idea. Facebook groups are easy to run,  but you do have to be a member of Facebook to join in.

Let me know. Leave a comment below.  I think a change might be fun and mean that more folks join in. If you think it is a good idea spread the word because if I get lots of responses I will do it.

CQ Stencils

Last year huge changes took place as I proto typed, manufactured and got to market my CQ Stencils which was a huge thrill. This year I have another set in the pipeline.

In order to set these changes in place, I have to let go of something, and as announced before Christmas I have decided to stop teaching online. I will run the courses one more time then with more blocks of time to myself I hope to achieve some of the other goals in my life.

All classes are available to purchase now. This is the last time these classes will run.  Follow the links for details about each class.

To find out how online classes are run visit the classes page

Encrusted Crazy quilting
Starts March 5th 2014 (I will close this one off soon as it is almost full)

Sumptuous Surface Embroidery
Starts May 7th 2014

Artists Studio Journal: A Designers workhorse
Starts July 23 2014

Anyway see you tomorrow, as I have a TAST stitch in the pipe line – great to be back!

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Best Wishes for the Holiday Season

Pintangle Xmas card 2013I am wanting to wish all my readers an absolutely wonderful holiday period. (Do you like the Christmas card I made in Photoshop?)

Make a cuppa as I am in a chatty mood! I have a hunch that in years to come I will look back on 2013 as one of those years where huge changes took place. One huge achievement is that I proto typed, manufactured and got to market my CQ Stencils which were very well received. In fact I have been running never since!  As experiences go, producing these stencils was fun and this is not just marketing speak. It was a huge thrill to design something  and then see it become a physical object by taking the huge jump of getting them manufactured. This was a huge step for me and I am sure many readers will understand that when I paid for them to be created I was fearful I was being a silly middle aged woman. But I want to say risk taking aside, there is something about making an object real that is hugely satisfying.  Basically, I thought them up and then got them made. Obviously in order to get them made I had to gamble a heap of dollars so I was relieved when the scheme worked, but to be honest it was not making money that attracted me but seeing something that did not exist before, be manufactured and then sold that was a thrill. I hope readers can understand that.

The other major event for Jerry and I was a 2 month trip we took to France and the UK with stop overs in Korea and Japan. We have of course shared our experiences and thoughts on travel over on Tones and Tints but this block of time gave me a period in which to assess what I wanted to do and I decided I wanted more time for making things come into existence. Now I know I make quilts and the like, but the making I am talking about is of different things such as the CQ stencils. One of the things I want to ‘make’ is a book on Crazy quilting which I plan to do next year but in order to achieve that I have to let something else go.

Online Classes 

As I have said before the online classes are very successful but I often feel totally swamped by teaching them. I do pay attention each of my students and since the the classes are always fully booked they have take a huge chuck of my time. It is wonderful to be successful and teaching online has added much to my life but on the other hand it often prevents me from doing other things.

Next year is the LAST year I will teach online. All my classes will run one more time, in order to let folks take them. Towards the end of next year I hope to be ready to  launch a book on Crazy quilting. This is something I have wanted to do for years but teaching online has kept me from achieving it. This change has been a huge decision in my life.

I have the Calendar of classes for next year. This is the last time these will run.

All are available to purchase now. This is the last time these classes will run. As usual I will close them off when they are full. Follow the links for details about each class.

To find out how online classes are run visit the classes page

Encrusted Crazy quilting
Starts March 5th 2014

Sumptuous Surface Embroidery
Starts May 7th 2014

Artists Studio Journal: A Designers workhorse
Starts July 23 2014

I have decided not to run the GIMP for Textile Designers again.As a graphics program the software is always being updated it means my teaching material is constantly having to be updated! I have decided not to re-write the course materials and not run the class at all.

What will happen on Pintangle?

I plan to still write Pintangle. January will be the 10 year anniversary. Doing something for decade can mean it becomes stale so I must admit to considering retiring the site but I think I would miss it so after the christmas break I will be back to reshape the site.

I want to stress this is not the end of Pintangle but a reshaping of the site. Recently I created a tutorial tab and a Free hand embroidery patterns tab indexed what was here on Pintangle and it was received well. Since there is a heap of other resources buried in the archives  I plan to organise and index other resources, remove dead links and old posts of out of date information etc and make the place a lot more user-friendly. At the moment if you have read the site for a while you have an idea of what is here, and where to find it, but anyone coming new to the place simply does not know.

Don’t expect a totally new site over night as this spring clean will take time probably I will be tinkering most of the year! I plan to write fresh material a few times a week but not daily as I would prefer to have fewer good posts with content than daily flimsy material. That level of activity is still very active in the blogsphere. In fact it may become more of what it once was in terms of pointing to interesting sites as I think it has become a little too narrow in topic. The focus will still be textiles but a little broader than hand embroidery and crazy quilting.

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TAST

Readers have asked what I will be doing for TAST next year. I plan to add stitches but not as often. It will be more like monthly than weekly. To be honest I don’t want to promise too much in a stage of transition. When I see what my workload looks like, I will be able to give people a definite promise to add to TAST but until I see what my new work pattern is I can be sure.  All the TAST stitches will remain online, so people will have easy access to them.

Community involvement

I like to be involved at some level in the community. This year I redesigned the Embroiderers’ Guild ACT website and have volunteered my skills next year to help build the Guild’s web presence here in Canberra.

I am also acting part of the moderator team for Crazy Quilting International which is an online group for people interested in Crazy quilting. If you are a crazy quilter and join the group you will see me chattering there too.

Tones and Tints my second blog 

There are a few shifts in my creative interests and over on Tones and Tints I share my progress as I return to doing more drawing.

To summarise – In the new year. I will run my online classes once more and that will be the last time they are available.

Pintangle will still be active, and a spring clean will go on, but you can also  keep in the loop easily by  Subscribing to Pin Tangle. Follow the link to sign up and it will delivered to your inbox.

On Tones and Tints I will be sharing other creative endeavours which include drawing

Wish me luck as I write a book on Crazy quilting and I still have a few more surprises up my sleeve.

Expect to see me back in the second or third week of January after our Aussie summer holidays. To all my readers have a happy safe holiday and roll on the new year as I am ready to give it  shake!