Time for a Cuppa

photo of me on training walkTime to join me in a cuppa. My goodness it’s been a busy week with the sale. I’m looking forward to taking a little breather as I send off the last of the orders! I’ve closed the online shop and will be re-opening the store in the first week in December.

Now, you may be wondering why I don’t just close off the sales for the templates and still keep the stitch worksheets going? Well, as I shared with readers, Jerry and I are going off on a bit of an adventure. We plan to walk the  Camino de Santiago which is a 500 mile (800 Kilometres)  pilgrimage walk from St Jean Pied-de-Port in France to Santiago in Spain. It will probably take us about 5-6 weeks to walk it. Other travels involve seeing friends in the UK and Europe and visiting a few places we have not been to previously. Before we head off overseas we are taking a road trip across Australia. The two trips mean we will be away a good few months.

I don’t know how reliable my access to wifi will be, particularly while walking the Camino de Santiago. And for a good part of our trip we will be staying in ancient monasteries for whom electricity is a novel idea… So it wouldn’t be fair to keep the online shop going. I can’t guarantee that I can get to your emails or messages quickly so it is better all round to have a clear timeframe for the shop being offline.

Take a Stitch Tuesday  (TAST)  will continue. I have prewritten a post for each week and they are scheduled to be published each Tuesday. When I can I will be checking out what people do , as love seeing some of the inventive ways the stitches are used.

As I travel  I will share textile related adventures on Pintangle. I am travelling in Holland, France, the UK, and Basque country in Spain who all have amazing embroidery traditions. I will stay on topic (ie textiles) as I think that although people say they want holiday photos they are being polite, but if you are wanting more of my travels and travel sketches I will share them on my other blog Tones and Tints. Jerry who is far better travel writer than I am,  will sharing his photos and trip experiences on his blog  The FogWatch  I pinched his photo of me on a training walk ( above). All of the blogs have a ‘follow’ function so you can get email updates delivered to your inbox as they are published.

Well thats all from me for the moment I am off to agonise over what art gear I am taking (I am trying to remember that this stuff has to be carried…)

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Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge Stitch 47

TAST stitch 47 is an interesting variety of Cross Stitch. Chained Cross Stitch is fun to work and creates a textured band. I like it worked in a slightly thicker thread such cotton perle #5 but I have also seen very dainty version of this stitch worked in a finer thread. So experiment and see what you like.  Chained Cross stitch is also great to use as edge on items such a needle books, pin cushions, scissor keeps, small bags, fabric postcards and small projects. As usual follow the link  for Chained Cross Stitch to the tutorial, try it out, have fun and share what you do.

TAST2012logoHow to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge Stitch 47

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitch. If you are an experienced embroiderer push these stitches in creative manner and share with beginners so they can see what can be done with a little imagination.

Where to share

Stitch a sample, photograph it, put in online on your blog, flickr site, share it on facebook or where ever you hang out online, and leave a comment on the Chained Cross Stitch page with your full web address or feel free to join the  TAST facebook group.  If you are a hashtag type person use the hashtag #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page. All stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome

Dont Forget my 6 Day Sale

Yes Incase you missed the news I am having sale get in early for your Christmas/Holidays gifts because after next week we will be closing Pintangle shop until December as we are going traveling. More details are here  

What will happen to TAST as I travel. TAST will be pre-written and will be set to publish on the due day. So the challenge stitches will appear as normal. The face book crowd will need to change their patterns a little and check here on Tuesdays as my facebook notice to the group will have to be done on the road as I am able. 

On Holidays!

Cast on Stitch sample 8Pintangle’s sale has now concluded, and the online store has now closed. Don’t worry if you’ve missed out I will reopen the Pintangle store  in the first week in December, once we have returned from our travels.

I will still be blogging as wifi permits, and of course, TAST continues. But it would be impractical and unfair on customers to try to maintain the store – even for electronic products – while my online access is unreliable.
So, what is happening? Well I am not one to throw around exclamation marks here, there and everywhere but I have been totally busting over this bit of news. We are going travelling – not one trip, but two very exciting experiences. Make a cuppa and let me tell you about it and what will happen while I am on the road.

First off, we are doing the ultimate Australian road trip – driving across the country. Yes that includes Nullarbor desert if you are not sure of what I am talking about check out what Wikipedia says about the Nullarbor . Now as road trips go I guess you could say it’s just down the road – about 4,000kms (2,300 miles) each way! We’ve been looking forward to this for a while.

The second trip is a bit further – we are heading off to Europe to walk an ancient pilgrimage route from southern France, across the Pyrenees mountains into Spain, then across the width of Spain to Santiago de Compostela. The pilgrimage is called the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St James) and it means we will be walking some 800km (500 miles) with our backpacks, staying in pilgrim hostels and thousand-year-old monasteries along the way. See what Wikipedia says about our venture here We have so much to be thankful for, and Jerry and I decided it would be a lovely way to give thanks for all that we have, in a world where each day the news reminds us of how fortunate we are to have each other, our wonderful daughter, and to have all our wonderful friends near and far.

What will happen to Pintangle and TAST? I will pre-write and schedule TAST posts to publish each Tuesday so I am in the middle of a writing binge.

To celebrate and to give thanks to my readers too, we’re having a sale to share this special period in our lives with you! Share the news and tell your friends 🙂

Here are the links