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 cover

A 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.

How to assemble a Crazy Quilt

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


Studio Journaling Tutorials

Some tips on choosing a Visual Journal

How to add pages to a wire bound sketchbook 

Art Journal Technique Gesso as base 

From studio journal design to embroidered piece

hand embroidered file cover part 4

Dueling 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 

My book for creative stitchers

Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery book cover

If you enjoy my site you will gain real value from my book:  Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery: Visual Guide to 120 Essential Stitches for Stunning Designs

Feeling stale? Wondering how to add sparkle to your embroidery? I have aimed Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery to be suitable for both beginners and seasoned embroiderers. It introduces techniques to encourage your creative interpretations of stitches. I guide you towards discovering play-points in your embroidery by varying the height and width; by stacking stitches; or by filling multiple rows with the same stitch. With creative variations and demonstrations of tiny tweaks, You will be ready to head off down your own creative path and, of course, illustrated with plenty of eye candy!

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Have you seen my Crazy Quilting 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 to balance and direct the eye around the block.  I cover how to stitch, 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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  1. Just found your site and read your embroidery supplies list. I’ve found some Irish linen at a fabric shop but don’t know if it is suitable for embroidery it says 200gsm. What does this mean?

    1. The Irish linen will be fine – in fact its quite a find! 200gsm is a measure used the weight of papers – I think someone is perhaps is using up some old papers for the label? Not sure but fabric is measured in threads per inch.

  2. 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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