I 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.
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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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.
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!