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 

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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.

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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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Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018 Stitch 8

Stitch 8 for Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018 is to learn or experiment with Stem Stitch.

stem stitch sample 2Stem Stitch is a basic quick and easy linear stitch, which I personally think is one of the most useful stitches there are. You can use this stitch to outline just about anything, and it is great for lettering as it will hold a curve well. The above sample is actually quite small – as each stitch is just a bit bigger than a seed bead. You can see how the stitches define a tight curve without getting too messy. It’s a stitch that beginners will find useful and yet it is not a huge challenge to learn. As always, follow the link to a step by step tutorial and eye candy and have fun with stitch 8!

Beyond TAST

For those who have done TAST before, or if you already know the basic embroidery stitches, join in on the Beyond TAST challenge. Beyond TAST is a season of 4-6 weeks that allows time to explore an aspect of a design, technique, style, or family of stitches. See the TAST FAQ for more details. Follow the link to discover the current Beyond TAST challenge and enjoy that.

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How to take part in the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitches. Learn stem stitch and share what you have learnt. If you are an experienced embroiderer, enjoy the Beyond TAST challenge instead. Try and give your work a modern twist and share it online so beginners can see what can be done with a little imagination.

Where to share

Stitch a sample of stitch 8, photograph it, put in online on your blog, Flickr site, share it in the  TAST facebook group or where ever you hang out online. If you have a blog leave a comment on the stem stitch page with your full web address so that people can visit your site and see what you have done.  For Flickr people, the group is Take a Stitch Tuesday. Hashtags are #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc.

If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.

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. Topics such as fabric choice, tricky challenges like balancing colour, texture and pattern, and how to create movement to direct your viewer’s eye around the block are covered in detail. I also explain 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.

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Embroideries that Record History series

screenshot of websiteTime to make a cuppa and settle down for a good browse as Ann Bernard over at Stitching Idyllic has been writing a series of blog posts about large public embroideries that record historical events. Most people know of the Bayeux Tapestry but many are unaware of contemporary embroideries that also tell national narratives. Ann has been adding to this interesting series steadily building up a solid story of these embroideries and their cultural significance.

So, take some time out and  pop over to Stitching Idyllic and allow Ann to tell their story to you. I have some links below to provide a few tasters.