Stitch Point’s free Cross Stitch Writing Tool

Cross Stitch Writing Tool screen 1The Cross Stitch Writing Tool is a handy online tools that many stitchers will find useful. You can make a charted design out of any line of text. So this tool is very useful for those of us who are addicted to quotes or like recording special moments in stitch, such as the various notations I have made on my long band sampler.  If you are new to the site you can find out more about my band sampler here 

Cross Stitch Writing Tool screen 2

Clear directions are on the Cross Stitch Writing Tool website but to create the chart you simply click to select the font you want. From the alphabet at the top of the web page select the letters you want by clicking the pink letter keys. Spell out the quote or sentence and the letters appear in the field below. When done click the print button and you have a charted design.

Cross Stitch Writing Tool 3

When you have your chart you will need to figure out the size of the fabric that you need and the same people have provided a fabric and stitch calculator here.

Cross Stitch Writing Tool grid paper

On the same site you will find a selection of free printable graph paper of different size grids so you can design your own patterns by hand.

This is a handy site to bookmark or pin to use on your next project or for some project in the future.

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The Autumn issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly is out

Autumn issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly Time to make a cuppa and take a break as the Autumn issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly is out. So indulge in some wonderful eye candy and get a good dose of inspiration and collect some  embroidery patterns suitable for crazy quilting.

This issue’s cover artist is Nina Burnsides. There are many interesting articles these are just a few highlights. Deb Haggerton has written a fabric painting tutorial which uses shaving cream to create marbled fabric. Angella Grasse shares the process she uses to make her beaded trees, and Pat Winter has shared directions on how to make a cute mini crazy quilt amulet pouch. There is lots of eyecandy from Pam Peugh and Mary Anne Richardson.

For those who enjoy history with a textile bent, Karen Anthonisen Finch has shared the story of an intriguing textile that hints at a complex family story. Roxie Smith has highlighted another fascinating piece – a unique vintage Crazy Patchwork dress.

You can purchase the Crazy Quilt Quarterly Autumn 2017 issue from Pam Kellog’s Magcloud site

I am not compensated for this review but I do have a professional relationship as I accept advertising for Crazy Quilt Quarterly in my side bar. In other words I get no kick back for this review.

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Free Hand Embroidery Patterns in Old French Design Book

Free pattern sample 1As regular readers know I often highlight free books, patterns and resources that I discover online. On the archive.org site I discovered and French design book  the Directoire designs for textiles which has been digitised by the Internet archive. The Directoire designs for textiles is an out of copyright pattern book that was published in 1793. The patterns are French and the book is catalogued as containing over 100 drawings.

Free pattern sample 2I have a few of the patterns here so you can get a taster of what is on offer in this old French design book. Many are half the pattern so you have to trace them off on tracing paper – flip it and then you have 2 sides of the pattern. They look great for biscorno pin cushion patterns or any project where you want a medallion.   I was very tempted to clean up some of them in Illustrator and present them whole but life got in the way.

You can download the file in a number of formats PDF which is the file format I think most people use, but you can also get a full Test download and formats such as EPUB and Kindle.

Free pattern sample 3If you are new hand to embroidery here is 12 Surface Stitches for Beginners a PDF file I wrote a while back. These surface embroidery stitches can be used with these types of patterns. Also check out the first few weeks on the TAST list of challenge stitches, for links to tutorials to the basic stitches.

My Stitchers templates

using my Crazy Quilt Templates set 2My templates aim to help you take your stitching to the next level. With them you can create hundreds of different hand embroidery patterns to embellish your seams  with flair. These templates are easy to use, made of clear plastic so you can position them easily and are compact in your sewing box.

These are simple to use. You simply position the template in place and use a quilter’s pencil to trace along the edge of the template. Stitch along this line to decorate the seam. I have a free ebook of patterns to accompany each set which illustrates how they can be used.

 

TO ORDER your Crazy Quilt Templates

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 
Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here 

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