Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Climbing Rose

I wanted to do some applique, but didn't want to start a new project. Then I remembered a 12 inch block I made many years ago. It's called Climbing Rose and it was part of a series of rose patterns by Leta Brazell. At the time I needed to practice some applique leaves for another project and this was the perfect block for it. Now I printed the other patterns too, so I can make a quilt with 4-6 blocks.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Elephant

Last week I finished this cute little elephant. It's a pattern from the book Amigurumi World by Ana Paula Rimoli. I knitted a long shawl for him.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Inchie Sunday 20

The whipped wheel and French knots are embroidered with Stef Francis perle 5. The backstitch border is stitched with 2 threads of stranded DMC. I added the embroidery to the cardstock with double sided sticky tape, but made a mistake when I cut it!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Strawberry cupcake

For this ATC I made a combination of trapunto and embroidery. Instead of quilting the cupcake, I embroidered it in Portuguese stemstitch. Then I stuffed it from the back and added the French knots and leaves in woven picot. The stem is a padded satin stitch. There's a bigger photo of this ATC at my Flickr-page. This is the second ATC I made for Janet for the July swap at Stitchin Fingers. Unfortunately it's gone astray again!!!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Red thread challenge

This week's zentangle challenge at I am the diva is a guest post by Chris from Tangled Up in Art. The challenge was to create a traditional black and white tangle tile with a single red "thread" running through it. When I read the word "thread", I immediately thought embroidery and that's what I did. After tangling my tile I embroidered the string in Portuguese stemstitch with red DMC 80.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Een stem van papier

. . . is the Dutch title of the old library book I'm altering. In English the title would be 'A paper voice'. I already wrote about the altered page with Punzel here. On these 2 pages I made rubbings with crayons and some gesso pages from my studio journal. Then I ironed them with a piece of baking paper to set the colours.
This is a little detail of the right page.
Here I ironed some fusible webbing to the pages. Then I added blue and yellow watercolour paint.
This page is my interpretation of Suz's experiment with leaves and watercolour paint. My red/orange background was completely dry when I added the leaves. I just closed the book and put some rubber bands around it to keep the leaves on the page while the green watercolour paint was drying. The next day I painted the edges of the leaves in black watercolour paint and removed them.
I'm going to add more other things to these pages when I finished the backgrounds of the remaining pages.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

TAST fabric book cover

This is the front side of my cover. The pattern is one of Sharon's Friday freebies. I used backstitch, stemstitch, open chain stitch and raised close herringbone. Now I have to sew all pages to the cover to finish my fabric book.

If you missed the first TAST challenges, there's a new one next year. You can join here.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Autumn ATC's again

Last week I recieved these pretty ATC's for an Autumn ATC swap.

I wrote about the ATC's I made for this swap here.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Inchie Sunday 19

The snowflake is a pattern from my book 'Kerstkaarten borduren op papier' by Erica Fortgens. The thread is a Madeira metallic.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Music tape doily

It was fun to crochet with an old music tape again. I already wrote about my music tape basket here. This time I made a small doily, it's about 15 cm or 6 inch.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Open chain stitch

I finally decided which fabric to use for the cover of my TAST fabric book. On the front I'm stitching one of Sharon's Friday Freebies. First I wanted to use the stitches of this challenge for the cover too, but it didn't work. So I tried another stitch that was new to me, the open chain stitch also known as square chain stitch. The other line is a stem stitch. Sharon is thinking about a rerun of the TAST challenge, read all about it on her blog.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Zentangle Mosaic Inchies ATC

This was a fun ATC swap. First I had to cut a few inchies from a watercolour experiment and glue 6 of them on an ATC. Then it was time to draw some tangles on it. I used the inchies from my crayon experiment. It was the same sheet as I used for my inchies Resist & Waves and Resist & Paradox. On this ATC I used Mooka. Here's the pretty ATC Joan made for me.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Surprise in my mailbox

There was a link party on Deze is ook leuk! to celebrate the 1000th post. I thought it was fun to share the link to my music tape basket. Last Friday I saw I was the lucky winner of Hermine's package! Yesterday it arrived in my mailbox. Inside there were some cute stamps . . .

. . . and some pretty ribbon. I think I'm going to use the blue one in my next CQ project.

There were some nice paper flowers,

a small piece of canvas, some pretty clips . . .

. . . and paper buttons.

Hermine made this lovely needle felted heart . . .

. . . and a gorgeous needle felted postcard!


Thanks, Hermine!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Inchie Sunday 18

This inchie was a scrap of a glue and watercolour experiment. I cut some flowers with a paper punch and glued some eyes on it.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Zentangled J

This week another missing letter for my zentangled ATC alphabet arrived. This is the J that I made for Kathy . . . . . . and this is the J Caiti made for me.

My alphabet is nearly complete, only one more letter!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Gorse Fairies finished!

Today I made the last stitches on my Gorse Fairies! It's finally finished after almost 30 years. I introduced this embroidery on my blog in January 2010. It was also the last goal for this year, so I can start thinking about a new project . . . or finally finish my TAST fabric book!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Knitted Christmas ball

I knitted my first Christmas ball designed by Arne & Carlos. I used the pattern in the latest issue of 'Handwerken Zonder Grenzen' and knitting yarn from my stash. It's slightly bigger than a tennis ball. It's knitted on 5 needles. It was the first time I tried this and I didn't knit the snowflake pattern. I'll try that next time.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Punzel

I was finally brave enough to try the new zentangle Punzel for challenge 45 at I am the diva. The last few weeks I've been painting backgrounds with watercolour paint in an old book. I used one of them as the background for Punzel. This was my first attempt at this zentangle, I need to practice a little more!

I hope to share a few more pages of my altered book soon.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Inchie Sunday 17

Last Friday I saw this stitch here and thought it would be great to use on an inchie. I found the instructions for it in "The Embroidery Stitch Bible". I used DMC broder special for the Norwich stitch and DMC Jewell effects for the running stitches.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Autumn ATC's

These are the ATC's I made for an autumn ATC swap. First I made the background on a piece of watercolour paper. I drew some leaves and other lines with glue and let it dry. Then I added some watercolour paint. The idea for this technique came from Suz.

Then I cut the background in ATC size and had some partly leaves on 3 of them.

I added some stamped leaves . . .

. . . and some ink to the edges.

With a scrap from the background I made this apple inchie.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Pocketz!

Until this week I kept my zentangle tiles in an old diskette box.

I was the lucky winner of the Pocketz pages of zentangle challenge 44 at I am the diva, so my tiles moved from the box to my new pages.


They look much better this way!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Music tape basket

I experimented with an old music tape and a crochet hook. The result is a pretty small basket.