Saturday, January 24, 2015

Zentangle challenge #201

For this week’s zentangle challenge Laura asked us to use the Moebius Syndrome Foundation logo as a string, because today is Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day. You can read more about this in her blog post.
Purple is the colour for this syndrome, so I painted a tile of watercolour paper with purple watercolour paint. I put some scrunched plastic on top of the wet paint which I removed when it was dry. Then I tangled networking in the background and coloured the orbs with a violet brush pen. Networking is a pattern in Zentangle 2 by Suzanne McNeill.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Work In Progress Wednesday - January 21

It’s been 2 months since my last WIPW post, time to continue with my phoenix embroidery. I think I’m ready with pulled thread and I want to continue with needlepoint. I wasn’t sure which stitches to use, there are so many in my embroidery books!
The RSN book Canvaswork by Rachel Doyle was a big help. Lots of info about how to use the different needlepoint stitches. It’s the first time I read an embroidery book from cover to cover! The author made a lovely needlepoint sampler with 1 inch squares in red. That would be a great help to see how stitches behave on my fabric. Not only for this project, but for future projects too. In short, I started a 9 x 9 inch sampler on 28 count linen to stitch 1 inch square samples of needlepoint stitches. I use DMC perle 8 in pink 602, I have a 25 g skein of it in my stash and hope it will be enough. Here are the first 3 samples.
First I stitched Victorian step, which I found in the RSN book Canvaswork. It’s a lovely stitch, but I think it would look better in a thicker thread.
This is Hungarian grounding.
There are a few variations on brick stitch, this is brick filling. I found it in Stitch Sampler by Lucinda Ganderton. You can stitch brick filling in 2 colours too, just like Hungarian grounding. It means I have to start another sampler for colourful samples.
I’m not sure which stitch or stitches to use on my phoenix, there are a few more stitches I want to try first. Hopefully I have some progress to share next week, these squares are time consuming (50-60 minutes).

Work In Progress Wednesday is a support group to encourage people to complete languishing projects, Works In Slow Progress or UFO’s.
More info at Pin Tangle.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Birthday card for Marijke

This year I’m participating in the birthday card swap at Fibre Fever. Marijke was the first birthday girl on the list. My card was inspired by Queenie’s tutorial. I used a small part of my orts from 2010.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Bi-Zen-Tennial

. . .  is the name of this week’s zentangle challenge at I am the diva. It’s her 200th challenge and she challenged us to:
- use the whole tile
- use only your favourite tangle
- add 200 somewhere on your tile

I didn’t think too much and used 200 as my string. I drew it with a bold black marker. My favourite tangle is Waves, which I enlarged a bit for the background. Of course 200 needed something special, so I coloured part of Waves red.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Randje per week 2014

Yesterday I finished the last border for Randje per week 2014. I didn’t want to blog before they were done! Randje 90, 91, 92 and 95 are stitched in brown on page 5.
Page 5 is the first page in one colour.
Randje 93, 94, 97, 98, 100, 101, 105 and 104 are done in green and yellow on page 6.
My result of Randje per week 2014. There are 106 borders on the blog Randje per week and I stitched 70 of them. I used 2 threads of stranded Anchor in purple, 3 shades of green, pink, dark red, 2 shades of yellow, blue, terracotta and brown.
Randje per week continues with a new sampler in 2015, every Saturday there will be 2 new borders. I just continue adding these to my pages. Later I will add borders from magazines, books, online sources and a few designed by me.

More info about this SAL here. The charts of Randje per week 2014 will be there until March 1, 2015.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Randje per week - more borders

It’s been a long time since I wrote about Randje per week. Lots of progress on 3 different pages. This is randje 83 in red and yellow.
It was the last border I stitched on page 3.
Randje 81, 82, 84, 45 and 88 in terra cotta and blue.
They were the last borders on page 4.
Randje 38, 86, 87 and 89 in brown are the first borders on page 5.
I stitch my borders in the order they appear on the blog Randje per week, but added a few borders I skipped in previous weeks. I didn’t want 2 bold borders next to each other, so I stitched randje 85 at the bottom of page 5.
This is my last update for Randje per week for this year. Next year there will be a new Randje per week SAL, so I just keep stitching pages with pretty borders.

More info about this SAL at Randje per week.