Monday, August 3, 2015

Quirky Dutch Summer week 7

The theme for week 7 is Photos - used in another way. I promised myself to do all themes for Quirky Dutch Summer from start to finish, but I just had to do this theme before starting on week 4-6. There’s a stack of photos in my stash from a vacation in Luxemburg many years ago. They are made with a disposable camera and not good quality. Perfect for crafting! I used a photo of a river, taken on a boat trip. I found this cross stitch pattern online, flipped it and printed it on the right size. Then I taped it to the photo with painters tape and made the holes for my stitches.
It’s not easy to see the boat pattern, so I drew a large pattern as my stitching guide.
The boat is almost finished here. I used Madeira rayon for my cross stitches.
Here it is, sailing to Zuidlaren! It made me think of an old Dutch children’s song about Berend Botje. He went sailing with his boat to Zuidlaren, but ended up in America!
The backside of my photo. I used tape to secure my threads, knots would be too bulky to attach it to my altered red book.
It was also too wide for my spread, so I had to crop it. Next I prepared the background of my spread, I painted it with red acrylic paint.
No progress photos anymore, I had too much fun to think about my camera! I used 2 parts of my photo to start this spread. The printed words are the first 2 lines of the children’s song Berend Botje. I collaged a border in Teesha’s style and started doodling. It wasn’t easy not using zentangles! Take a closer look at this spread on my Flickr page (click).
You can see what others did for this week at Marit’s Paper World or the Quirky Dutch Summer facebook group.

Saturday, August 1, 2015


. . . was Janny’s theme for the fabric book page swap at Fibre Fever. A great excuse to use the matryoshka fabric I bought at the Albert Cuyp many years ago.
I emphasized the dots at right the side of the green fabric with French knots in two threads of stranded floss. The scallops are chain stitches in DMC perle #5 color variations. On the red fabric I stitched detached chain stitches in perle #5 and decorated them with red sequins and beads. Both seams are stitched with the help of Sharon’s CQ templates.
The feather stitch at the left is done in Caron Wildflowers and decorated with beads. At the bottom I stitched a barely visible Cretan stitch in Tentakulum painters thread perle #12.
I attached the lace with cross stitches in Caron Wildflowers. The pattern of the crochet flower came from a book from the library, but I forgot to note the title.
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Carduelis chloris

Birds is Helinä’s theme for the fabric book swap at Fibre Fever. I patched this greenfinch by hand, the pattern is from the book Patchwork Tiere by Ula Lenz.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Fly stitch on blue Gingham

Last week Sharon told us there’s a re-run of Take A Stitch Tuesday in the TAST facebook group. I told myself I already finished all stitches but one (140 threaded cable chain stitch), so no need to stitch along this time. But then I remembered the unfinished TAST samplers, should I add some stitches from time to time?
So that’s what I’m going to do. On this blue Gingham sampler with long tailed detached chain stitches and woven long tailed detached chain stitches I already planned to add some fly stitches. This TAST re-run gave me the push I needed, I added 8 fly stitches in lilac cotton a broder #16.

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Quirky Dutch Summer week 3

The theme for the third Quirky Dutch Summer week is playing with shadow. It reminded me of a photo I took in my garden a few years ago. Our Hedera looked very bad that year and the sun was shining through, making a beautiful stained glass like shadow on our new tiles.
First I collaged a background in my red altered book. I took a photo before I added a watered down acrylic layer of paint.
I attached the photo at the left and doodled around. Then I added the letters, schaduw is Dutch for shadow. I wrote the story of this spread with a black permanent marker and added some white with a Sakura gelly roll pen. In the upper right corner I stamped a cute birdy, which reminds me of a blackbird that was nesting in our Hedera years before I took the shadow photo. I also added an I’m in the garden sign at the bottom of the right page. Just click the photo to have a closer look.
You can see what others did for this week at Marit’s Paper World or the Quirky Dutch Summer facebook group.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A local ATC swap

Last month I had a swap with my friend Marjan. I saw the cute bow on a watercolour background at her Flickr page and told her I wanted to swap it. She wanted my tangled ATC in return. Thanks for this great swap Marjan!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Quirky Dutch Summer week 1 and 2

Last month I discovered a new blog, Marit’s Paper World. This summer she shares 10 Quirky Dutch Summer posts to keep creativity flowing during the summer months.
I thought this would help me to fill my second altered book Rood, but the first week was a post about making your own book or alter a book. I was inspired by all the eye candy in the Quirky Dutch Summer facebook group, so I started a new altered book.
I used an old English book about karate.
I removed more than half of the pages. Of course I keep those removed pages for experiments. I’ll decorate the outside of my book when it’s filled from cover to cover.
QDS #2 is called Masking with Watercolor. Marcia Beckett was the guest blogger for this challenge, she showed us one of her favourite watercolour techniques to get shapes with crisp edges. This is my first try with contact paper on watercolour paper (bottom) and one of the removed pages from my book with gesso (top).
I used blue and yellow watercolour paint.
The result on the page with gesso. I could remove the contact paper very easy, but the gesso was not such a good idea. No crisp edge here.
The result on watercolour paper.
It was badly damaged when I removed the contact paper.
A second try in my watercolour journal with a better quality paper.
The wet watercolour paint looks very nice.
The result was much better, . . .
. . . but some of the paper was damaged again.
Time for a third try. I used freezer paper on watercolour paper.
I used purple and green watercolour paint.
I forgot to take a photo of the result, before using it. This is the first spread in my book. I painted the background with black acrylic paint. Then I cut the experiment and attached it with double sided sticky tape. I added the date and doodled with a black pen.
You can take a closer look at my spread here.