If you are looking for stitch tutorials Check my Stitch Dictionary first.

Tutorials and Resources for hand embroiderers.

What hand embroidery supplies do I need? A comprehensive article explaining what you need to start out.

How to bind and use an embroidery hoop This article covers not only binding a hoop but, what size to use and  how to tension it for surface embroidery.

How to Transfer Embroidery patterns to fabric 

How to start embroidery without a Knot

12 Surface Stitches for Beginners This is a direct PDF download You need Acrobat reader to read it.

Do Inktense Pencils Fade?

How to use Sun Dyes

Tutorials and Resources for crazy quilters.

CQ tutorial ebook coverA tutorial on how to work decorative crazy quilt seams this is a comprehensive tutorial that I converted to a pdf file (a link to the download is in the article) When I converted it I realised how comprehensive it was. At 19 pages of information it is a resource worth investigating!

For free crazy quilt block patterns visit the CQ Details FAQ which houses links to  series of articles.

A tutorial on how to make a Ric Rac Rose 

Crease free Silk Ribbon Storage 

How to make a 5 pointed ribbon flower

How to stitch a silk ribbon Fargo Rose

Also in my stitchers tutorials I have written a series of posts on How to assemble a Crazy Quilt includes

Studio Journalling Tutorials

Some tips on choosing a Visual Journal

Adding pages to a wire bound journal 

Art Journal Technique Gesso as base 

From studio journal design to embroidered piece

hand embroidered file cover part 4Dueling Fiddlers from photo to stitch

A prune or a pickle the process of working up a small paisley design

Other tutorials

Tips for managing large projects.

How to make fabric from scrap thread (what I did with the contents of my Orts Jar)

Tips for using Chenille thread 

What is Ribbon Floss?

How to use transfer dyes to print on synthetic fabric.

Skeining and tying off threads to dye

Hand Dyeing threads 

holding my book in front of quiltHave you seen my books?

My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results  shares practical methods about how to design and make a crazy quilt. I teach you how to balance colour, texture and pattern, in order direct the viewers eye around a crazy quilted project. I show you how to build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways using a handful of stitches. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be both practical and inspiring.

Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery

book cover
Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned embroiderer, my book Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery: Visual Guide to 120 Essential Stitches for Stunning Designs gives you techniques to encourage a fresh and creative embroidery style. Discover play points in your embroidery. Explore variations in height and width, stacking stitches, or using repetitions of the same stitch to create areas of texture and shape. All these techniques and more will give you creative variations. I have included numerous demonstrations of small tweaks that create big effects to send you down your own creative path.


  1. Hi Sharon,
    I bought your book last week and it is really fabulous – what a lovely job you did! Congratulations!
    I wonder if you could do a short video tutorial on the FARGO rose, I can’t understand it from the pictures in the book – probably because I am old and dim, but I would love to be able to make it.
    Thank you,
    Kind wishes,
    Joan Wells
    (United Kingdom)

    1. Christine I am not sure I understand your request – just follow the links on the site as there are no ‘closed’ areas
      tabs along the top take you to areas of the site – with links to tutorials the stitch dictionary etc

    1. Trijnie in the right hand side bar is a subscription offer -where it says “Have Pintangle delivered to your inbox” click on that link – fill it in and you will get my newsletter


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