Tempting Tangles –

The home page for Tempting Tangles is here – The designs are primarily “Quaker” or sampler designs. There are some free minis on the site. A serious number of the patterns are offered initially in SAL (stitch-a-long) format. I purchased a couple of their patterns – Coffee and Tea related samplers several months ago. They are in the futures pile. (as of 27 March 2020).

I am not all that thrilled about traditional samplers, especially those that replicate originals, mistakes and all. Even some of the more modern designs don’t excite me. I find stitching letters extremely boring. Back stitching is even worse.

I like some of Deborah’s travel series, but have found her “Quakers in Japan” just too busy for my taste. Making use of my in-house graphic design expert (aka Miriam) I have decided to wait until I have the last of the units, then drop those portions which I don’t find interesting and re-arrange the parts that I want to keep. When that one is finished, I am likely to do the same with her Quakers in Scotland pattern.

There is, however, ¬†something nice about SALs, the pressure to motor through to finish something just isn’t there. The pattern is presented in reasonable bites.

  • Mini Quaker Valentines

This pattern is on the site as a freebie,

It is a quick stitch with the total size being 81×62 stitches. The fabric is 14ct Aida. The thread used for the stitches is Threadworx #12 Perle (no longer available) and the backstitching is DMC 816. I had the pattern in front of me for the first side. When I started the second side, I attempted to mirror the first. As you can see, dyslexia struck. At least I found the error and corrected it while completing the back stitching. The pattern called for beads. I thought about it. I have beads, But really, This is just fine without them.

      1. Coffee Compendium

Started 24 July 2020 – Stitched on 18 ct Fiddler’s Cloth (Charles Craft – and the issue is that it is only available in ONE size – 15×18 just isn’t quite big enough so I am going to have to add bands when done in order to frame it. The thread is 12wt Sulky, a combination of solids and blendables.



                  1. On my list to be stitched are
                1. Tempting Teas Рwhich is the companion piece to Coffee above
                1. Quakers in Japan. I am keeping the dragon, the cranes (without the frame) and the teapot and cups.Obviously Mt Fuji, the cherry tree and temple will also remain. I just don’t want things quite as cluttered as the pattern is.
                2. Quakers in Scotland. The pattern is just starting to be released. Again, I am going to wait till I have the whole pattern, then decide which elements I want to keep. Certainly the flag.
                3. Queen’s Medal Sampler. I have no idea whether or not I will wind up stitching this particular pattern at all. But it sounded interesting….
                4. there is also a small Halloween freebie as well as one for St Patricks Day in case anyone is interested.
                5. 3 Aug 2020 – also added are Home Comfort and Enjoy the Sunshine.
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