My book has arrived!

holding my book in front of  quiltI received a copy of my book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design I am as chuffed as can be – wandering around the house with big silly grin. I am so pleased with it, as C&T Publishing have done a wonderful job.  They did not squeeze the illustrations so there is a lot of eye candy, descriptions on how I did something, what I used etc and hopefully loads of inspiration. I hope it makes peoples fingers itch to stitch.

book openAlso many people will be pleased to hear that there are right and left hand stitch instructions.

book openThere is a very big sense of achievement as I hold it. I am totally thrilled to see it – and am very happy with the result. My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results is available on pre-order. It will be released early August.

Take a Stitch Tuesday Stitch 83

Beaded Oyster stitch 83
Stitch 83 in the Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST) is Beaded Oyster Stitch. TASt stitch 34 was regular oyster stitch but that version of the stitch is often worked individually with units arranged in flowers etc. The beaded version can be worked in singles but is most effective worked in a line and since it is part of the chain stitch it will follow a curve well. Beaded Oyster Stitch makes a great edging stitch around a collar or neckline, or on projects such as needle cases or for a contemporary twist us on  fabric books postcards and the like. As Usual you can find a tutorial for stitch Beaded Oyster Stitch in my Stitch Dictionary.

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Join in on the challenge and share what you do with Stitch 83

The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page. If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitches. If you are an experienced embroiderer push these stitches in creative manner and share with beginners what can be done with a little imagination.

Where to share: Stitch a sample, photograph it, put it online on your blog, flickr site, share it on Facebook or where ever you hang out online, and leave a comment on the Beaded Oyster Stitch page with your full web address. Don’t forget the http bit of the web address so that your address becomes a live link so that people can visit your site and see what you have done.

Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group and leave your photo there.  For Flickr people the group is Take a Stitch Tuesday. Hashtags are #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. Go for it – share and see what others have done too.

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Crazy quilt template set 2Have you seen my Stitchers templates?

As a stitcher who loves crazy quilting and embroidery I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my Stitchers Templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to embroider on your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.

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




How to Hand Embroider Tete de Boéuf Stitch

Tete de Boéuf stitch sampleTete de Boéuf stitch is based on fly stitch. It is also known as Bulls head stitch, Head of the bull and Ox Head Stitch because the two protruding stitches can look like horns.

Tete de Boéuf stitch is often confused with wheatear stitch but they are different. Tete de Boéuf is a fly stitch that is tied off with a detached chain stitch. Wheatear on the other hand, has a loop that looks like a chain stitch but it is actually made in the other direction by passing the needle under two straight stitches (see step 3 in my tutorial for Wheatear stitch.) The other stitch Tete de Boéuf gets muddled with is Slipped Detached chain or Tulip stitch. As you can see in my tutorial for Slipped Detached chain this is another stitch again that although similar the V like stitch is created at the tie off point of the chain stitch making it a very different stitch.

Tete de Boéuf stitch is easy and quick to work. You can scatter stitches over an area to create patterns or arrange them in circles with the horns pointing outwards,inwards or alternating the two. This stitch is effective worked in perle threads, wool, ribbon and fine metallic cords and adding a bead adds zest. You can work Tete de Boeuf stitch on either evenweave or plain weave fabrics

How to work Tete de Boéuf stitch

Bring the thread up through the fabric at the top left of where you want to create the stitch. Hold the thread down with the left thumb and insert the needle to the right and level of where the thread emerged.

Tete de Boéuf stitch step 1Make a stitch on a downward angle so that the needle emerges between the two points as illustrated.

With the thread wrapped under the needle, pull it through the fabric.

Secure the ‘V’ in position with a chain stitch. To do this insert the needle as illustrated, so that the point emerges below.

Tete de Boéuf stitch step 2Wrap your thread under the needle.

With the thread wrapped under the needle point pull the needle through the fabric to make the stitch. Take your thread to the back of the fabric and secure the loop with a small straight stitch.

Tete de Boéuf stitchYou have made a Tete de Boéuf stitch! Have fun with more of them.

Crazy quilt template set 2 Have you seen my Stitchers Templates?

As someone who loves crazy quilting and embroidery I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to apply to your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.

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