Thursday, June 30, 2011
These are the stitches for weeks 25-29 of the TAST 2010 challenge. My fuchsia was inspired by Maureen's fuchsia. I wrote about how I made the raised chain circle here. There are photo's with more info about each stitch in my TAST album at Flickr.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
A few weeks ago I bought an amigurumi book called 'Lieve knuffels zelf haken'. This is the Dutch translation of Ana Paula Rimoli's book Amigurumi World. This cute little pear is the first pattern I tried. Cindy wanted to have a look too, she told me she likes my pear!
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
I've got some lovely ATC's in the last few weeks. The first one is a fabric ATC made by Carolyn. Debra knew I like sunflowers. I hope the ones in my garden will be as pretty as this one.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
It's almost 2 weeks since I wrote about my needlepoint vase. But there's some progress. I used a gobelin filling with 4 threads of blue stranded DMC for the wavy lines. At the left side you see a part of the diamonds I made for the background. At the right the chevron for the vase. I'm not done yet, I'll post a photo of the complete embroidery when it's finished.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Last week I was flipping through the pages of my studio journal and found a half finished design for my red CYL (colour your life) collage. Now I finally knew how to finish it, I only needed an embroidered sample of kutchwork. This is the same Gingham fabric as my chicken scratch experiments. I used stranded DMC for my first trial. Then I tried a perle 5. This was the look I wanted! I like the different colours of the holes.
Friday, June 24, 2011
This week's zentangle challenge was fun! We could only use 2 patterns: Dex and Verdigogh, two totally different tangles. I have admired Verdigogh, but never tried it until now. Dex was totally new to me. It was not difficult to decide what to draw, but I had no time to practice the tangles first. I called my plant Asparagus Verdigogh, because it looks like Asparagus fern.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
. . . is the last block I made for my Civil War Diary quilt. I made it over a year ago and forgot to post it on my blog. In fact, I forgot all about the quilt too! Now I'm sorting out my stash and found it again. I'm pretty sure this will be my last block, so I have to think about what to do with the 18 blocks I made.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Yesterday I visited a second-hand store. I never walk out empty handed! This time I found 2 great books from the 70's. A small one about needle lace with some lovely full size patterns. The rose on the cover is one of the patterns. This is a big book, half embroidery - half macrame.
I'm sure I never make this bag, but this book is filled with lots of patterns.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
It took me 7 weeks to knit my Hitchhiker shawl. This time Cindy came to see what I was doing.
She was kind enough to make way for a photo.
I finished it a few days ago and I'm already missing the rhythm of knitting a few rows in the evenings. Time to finish my Groninger blanket before it thinks it's an UFO instead of a Work In Slow Progress!
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Yesterday's zentangle inspired me to try some spiral hairpin lace. I already had a large strip of 2 cm wide hairpin lace in my stash. It took me several trials to figure out how to get the curve I needed. The size is about 14 x 12 cm (6,5 x 4,75 inch).
This is the hairpin lace I made for Suz. I used the hairpin lace patterns I developed last year to see if I could inderstand my own pattern writing after so many months. The circle is about 1,5 inch or 4 cm.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Suz showed a great experiment with glue and watercolour paint a few weeks ago. She made cards from it and I recieved one of them last week. I just had to try this technique too. I used PVA glue and watercolour paint in red, yellow and purple. At the bottom left side I mixed the yellow and red. I took lots of detail photo's and had fun with them on my computer.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
These are the stitches for weeks 21-24 of the TAST 2010 challenge. You can watch the slipped detached chain grow in a slideshow here. There are photo's with more info about each stitch in my TAST album at Flickr.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Today I stitched the last diamonds at the background of my vase design. The vase is done in chevrons. I already removed the blue water-soluble lines, but a wet embroidery doesn't photograph well. I already showed some details of the stitches here and here. Now I need to think about what to do with the wavy lines.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
The zentangled ATC alphabet continues. I made this W for Janine . . . . . . and Stephan made this pretty W for me.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
I'm still working on this design in needlepoint. After stitching half of the diamonds it was time to try a new stitch, the chevron. The thread is a variegated Stef Francis perle 5. I filled the vase with chevrons and now I'm stitching the remaining diamonds.
Monday, June 6, 2011
This lovely card from Suz was in my mailbox a few days ago. She wrote about the making of it here. I'm going to try this technique soon! A close up of the painted part of the card. The photo doesn't do it justice, it's much prettier in reality.
Yesterday, Suz showed all the cards she made on her blog.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
This was a swap were you had to use at least one zentangle pattern starting with G and one with H. I decided to go for simplicity again. First I drew Hollibaugh and filled the background with Gingham. Unfortunately this ATC got lost in the mail. I made another one for Lisa, but totally different this time. I used 2 patterns with G, 1 with C and 3 with H so I called it G2CH3.
The patterns Cross view, Gewurtz and Herald (in Totally Tangled) were new to me.
This is the gorgeous ATC Melissa made for me . . .
. . . with the notes of the patterns she used.
She also surprised me with some ATC backgrounds. She told me that she created them using alcohol inks and shaving cream!
After a quick search I found a video with this technique here. It looks easy and the result is beautiful. Maybe I'll give it a try.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
These are the stitches for weeks 17-20 of the TAST 2010 challenge. The up and down feather stitch was inspired by the floral spray on my first encrusted CQ block. The buttonhole wheel cup was very addictive, I couldn't stop until the square was filled with stitches! You can watch it grow in this slideshow. There are photo's with more info about each stitch in my TAST album at Flickr.