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.

Beaded Alternating Feather stitch Tutorial

Beaded Alternating Feather sample 2Beaded Alternating Feather stitch is a form of Feather stitch that is a fun decorative variety that can be adapted easily to create a variety of patterns and designs. For most beaded stitches I use a #26 tapestry needle which is fine enough to thread a bead, yet the eye is long enough to take a perle # 8 thread. using this type of needle means you can embroider and bead at the same time. The sample above is created using cotton perle #5 thread and oval beads. I used it on a crazy quilted block as a decorative seam treatment.

Beaded Alternating Feather stitch sampleHere is a second sample this time I used seed beads and sequins to decorate a crazy quilt seam.

How to hand embroider Beaded Alternating Feather Stitch

Beaded Alternating Feather stitch tutorial step 1Bring the thread through the fabric at the top left and insert the needle to the right as illustrated. Make a stitch with the needle tip pointed downward and with the thread wrapped under the needle, pull it through the fabric.

Beaded Alternating Feather stitch tutorial step 2Make a second feather stitch by inserting the needle to the right and with the needle tip pointed downward as illustrated. With the thread wrapped under the needle, pull it through the fabric.

Beaded Alternating Feather stitch tutorial step 3Thread a bead or beads on your needle and make a large stitch by inserting the needle to the left in line with the left side of your first stitch. Make 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 to make the next stitch.

Beaded Alternating Feather stitch tutorial step 4Work these movements alternatively down the line adding beads as required.

Beaded Alternating Feather stitch tutorial step 5Beaded Alternating Feather stitch is a decorative stitch that can be adapted easily to create a variety of patterns. I hope you enjoy the stitch.

 

Have you seen my book?

holding my book in front of quilt

My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results  shares detailed practical methods on how to design and make a crazy quilt. I cover such topics as fabric choice, tricky challenges like balancing colour, texture and pattern, and how to direct your viewers eye around the block. I cover how to stitch and build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be practical and inspiring.

Stitchers templates

My templates aim to help you take your stitching to the next level. Designed by an embroiderer for embroiderers. 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.

using my stitchers Templates set 2These 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 Stitchers Templates

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

 

Take a Stitch Tuesday Stitch 100

Drizzle stitch sample Take a Stitch Tuesday Stitch 100 Take a Stitch Tuesday Stitch 100 is quite a marker as it is the last stitch in TAST for 2017! Congratulations to everyone who had managed to keep up – or even if you stitched half of the stitches it is quite a feat! For those who tried out a few of the stitches and learnt something new along the way I am pleased you did and hopefully you enjoyed it. For those who are playing catch up don’t worry I know life can get in the way so the TAST Facebook group will stay open and I am happy for people to post photos of what they have done.

What is happening with TAST next year?

Next year TAST will re-run, starting in January. So for people who have not done TAST, or have started and dropped away or have done bits of the challenge and would like to do the full run you have an opportunity to do it. Hopefully in the meanwhile I will have found time to add a few more new stitches to the stitch dictionary and they might be included in the next round.

For those who have done TAST I will be running a new challenge called Beyond TAST. This will be a challenge that takes a style of embroidery, a family of stitches or a design element and pushes it. Beyond TAST will allow people between 4 and 6 weeks to explore a challenge in depth. I am calling this block of time a ‘season’. Beyond TAST hopefully will introduce people to aspects of embroidery and design that they normally would not have explored or wanted to explore and never had time for it! I think it will be fun, interesting and inspirationsal. Ask questions below or on the TAST facebook group if you have them.

Ok with all the announcements out of the way- what is the final stitch? Drum roll… Drizzle stitch! I chose drizzle stitch because it is such a fun little stitch. People can not help but touch and smile when they see it. What is is good for? It is used in Brazilian embroidery for the centre of flowers – but it also makes for wonderful seaweed like growths in marine images. For me this is the most fun stitch so I thought it a good one to go out on – have fun with Drizzle stitch

As Usual you can find a tutorial for Drizzle stitch in my Stitch Dictionary.

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Share what you do with Stitch 100

You will find all the information you need to join in the challenge now or next year on  the TAST FAQ page.

Where to share: Stitch a sample, photograph it, and share it. Join the  TAST facebook group and leave your photo there. Hashtags are #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. Go for it – share and see what others have done too.
If you have a site put it online on your blog, flickr site, or where ever you hang out online, and leave a comment on the Drizzle 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.

Have you seen my book?

holding my book in front of quilt

My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results  shares detailed practical methods about how to design and make a crazy quilt. From fabric choice, to balancing colour, texture and pattern, in order direct the eye around the block.  I cover how to stitch and build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be both practical and inspiring.
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 use in your stitching projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and are compact in your sewing box.

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

 

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