I have a new product to offer people. With my templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to embroider on your crazy quilt projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily. The stencils are compact in your sewing box so they are easy to carry around. The plastic they are made of is solid but also recyclable and they are manufactured here in Australia. You can find them in the Pintangle Shop
Since they are clear they are difficult to photograph but I hope the image above gives you an idea of what they look like.
As a stitcher who loves crazy quilting I designed these stencils with other crazy quilters in mind. I have also thought about these for a long time. I think crazy quilters will find them really useful.
The stencils are very easy to use.
The set of 4 stencils are made of a clear recyclable plastic, so that you can position the stencil correctly on block before marking the line using a quilter’s pencil.
Using the stencils is easy. Just position the stencil in place and, holding it firmly with one hand, so that it does not shift, use a quilter’s pencil to trace along the edge of the stencil to create the pattern.
This series of photos is a seam I recently worked on one of my blocks. As you can see I could position the heart shape easily.
This is what the finished seam looked like.
To get your ideas flowing and to show how the stencils could be used I wrote an ebook and drafted out numerous patterns to give you some ideas.
I am sure once you start using my stencils you will think of many more!
Here is a sneak peek inside the book. You can design your own seam embellishments and I have drafted out some patterns.
When I designed the stencils I thought in terms of having enough space to tuck my favourite stitches, beads, small floral lace motifs and favourite silk ribbon embroidery flowers into the spaces in the patterns produced.
In the ebook the patterns are drafted to scale. This means that you can see what a seam might look like if you traced along the edge of the stencil.
At first glance many patterns look large but the extra space gives your embroidery room to grow. In some of the patterns I have included space for buttons and large beads to be incorporated as people often get stumped on how to include larger items such as buttons in crazy quilting.
Since the stencils are clear this also makes them easy to flip over and a mirrored pattern. This aspect of their design adds tremendous versatility to their use.
Using the shapes found on the edge of each stencil you can create numerous seam embellishments but a key feature of these stencils is that you will find a number of curves and flourishes, with which, you can build the stems and vines of floral motifs. By using the flourish shapes, the curves of the paisley shape, heart shapes and by using segments of the oval and disk shapes, you can create numerous designs yourself.
As you can see with the illustration, I used the edge of the flourish shape to create two soft curves which became the foundation for a little floral spray.
The flowers are buttons and I decorated the stems of this floral spray with detached chain stitch (also known as Lazy Daisy) and straight stitches.
In this sample I used hand dyed perle #5 cotton. As a finishing touch I added a few seed beads and a few small pearls.
I have kept the stencils small so that they fit easily into a sewing box. Anyone who knows me, knows I like things compact. But also their size means if you are travelling to a workshop or to a local stitching get together you are not cluttering up your supplies with lots of large templates.
I hope these stencils motivate people to discover your creativity.
This is another seam I have recently embroidered using the hexagon shape. Or I should say half of the hexagon shape.
I traced a line of half hexagons along the seam. I then embroidered them in threaded chain stitch using perle cotton #5. Next I added beads and bead tassels!
The set of 4 stencils are priced at $30 which includes the ebook of patterns.
You can find them in the Pintangle shop
This is what they each look like.