Thursday, January 31, 2013

String 003

This week’s zentangle challenge at I am the diva is to use string 003 at TanglePatterns. Somehow my print was too big for my tile, so I drew it in my sketchbook. Of course that changed the result of my tangling!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Work In Progress Wednesday - January 30

Lots of progress this week! I’m quilting the squares in the ditch and managed to finish the bottom and half of the right side. And I removed the blue watersoluble pen at the background, it looks very pretty without the blue lines.
The squares look like little puffy pillows.
And here’s the view at the backside of my quilt.
More info about Work In Progress Wednesday at Pin Tangle.

Maybe you missed my weekly post with old stitches yesterday. Well, that’s because this week’s stitch is new to me! I tried to leave a comment at Pin Tangle, but it’s not working for a few days now. Are there more of you with the same problem or is it just me?

Monday, January 28, 2013

The Blackthorn Fairy

This gorgeous book page was in my mailbox a few days ago. Mary made it for me. There’s pretty dyed lace, embroidery, buttons and charms on this page. I like the flower fairies very much, maybe some of you remember my cross stitched Gorse Fairies? Of course I had to flip through my Flower Fairy books to find the matching poem.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sleeping cat

I made this fabric card for Helga, the first birthday girl at Fibre Fever. The cat is a Red Brolly pattern. I stitched it on muslin with batting behind it, so it looks quilted.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Black sampler

Last Sunday I shared a photo of my black sampler while it was damp stretching. In the last few days I took lots of photo’s and a scan, so now I can share the details too. This is a donut bead with detached chain stitches in cotton a broder.
Crossed buttonhole stitches in perle 8 and berry stitches in cotton a broder.
At the left linked double chain in wool, at the right stacked Palestrina stitch in perle 5 and cotton a broder. Between those two lines I made oyster stitches in perle 8 and Algerian eyes with cotton a broder and Rainbow Gallery Treasure Braid.
The two rows at the left are single knotted buttonhole stitches with cotton a broder with buttonhole stitches below in Rainbow Gallery Treasure Braid. I added a bead to the knotted buttonhole stitch in the centre row. At the left a stacked up and down buttonhole stitch with cotton a broder and DMC 80.
I made a large ¼ buttonhole wheel cup in the bottom left corner with perle 8.
My complete sampler is here.

Friday, January 25, 2013

More damp stretching

I finally finished the last block for Karen’s class embroider, embellish, create.  
I wrote about the naked block here.
I took a few photo’s before damp stretching. This is a tied herringbone with cotton a broder.
French knots with cotton a broder at the edge and in rows to a point outside the block.
Knotted feather stitch with perle 8, the TAST stitch for this week. I’m not going to stitch samplers this year, I’m just going to use the stitches in the projects I’m working on.
Now I have to decide how to sew my blocks together, it will be a nice puzzle. Take a closer look at my block here.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Zentangle challenge #103

For this week’s zentangle challenge Laura asked us to use the Moebius Syndrome Foundation logo as a string, because today is Moebius Awareness day. You can read more about this in her blog post. Of course I used purple, the colour of this syndrome. I tangled Barberpole and Golven inside the string and shaded it with a purple pencil. Then I embroidered the string with a stem stitch in purple Madeira rayon.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Work In Progress Wednesday - January 23

This week I tried to talk myself into adding temporarily blue strips on my sewing machine. It didn’t happen, I just added them by hand. Now it fits my quilting hoop when I quilt the border. I started at the bottom, I’m quilting the squares in the ditch. Only a few lines so far, but it’s much quicker than the basket weave pattern from the background.
the backside of my quilt
More info about Work In Progress Wednesday at Pin Tangle.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Old knotted feather stitches

There was a big smile on my face when I saw that the knotted feather stitch is this week’s TAST stitch. The sampler with this stitch was on my desk last week, to inspire my black sampler. I’ll share the details of that one in a few days. 

These knotted feather stitches are part of my week 4 sampler for Sharon’s class Personal Library of Stitches (PLOS), which she no longer teaches. I used perle 5, 8 and 12 in different shades. This is how it looked after the first day. I turned the photo so you can see the stitches the same way as Sharon explained them in her tutorial.
And this is a detail of the finished sampler. I added a few more knotted feather stitches at the top (that’s the right side in the first photo) and ended them with Colonial knots. The other stitches are Ermine stitches.
Take a closer look at this page in my Plos fabric book.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Made by B & A 3 of 12

Two years ago I made a series of ATC’s from Barbara’s fabric paper, I’ve got the one with the arrows at the bottom of this page. On this ATC I stitched a buttonhole wheel with stranded floss. At the edge I made a trellis stitch. I decorated it with French knots in stranded floss. At the edge I couched a fluffy knitting yarn.
Take a closer look at my ATC here.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Damp stretching

Today I made the last stitches on my black TAST sampler. I tried to take a few detail photo’s, but it didn’t work. When my sampler is dry I give it another try.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Lapis Legit with green pandan and whipped cream

I finished the parts of this petit fours a couple of days ago, but still had to put the pieces together. The pattern is designed by Grietjekarwietje. Of course Cindy came to see what I was doing.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Auraknot & Bunzo

This week’s zentangle challenge at I am the diva is a DuoTangle. I’ve used Auraknot before, but Bunzo was new to me.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Work In Progress Wednesday - January 16

It took me 4 months, but I finished quilting the basket weave background of my vase. I want to do a final check before removing the water soluble lines.
the last part I quilted
Now I’m going to attach some temporarily strips so I can quilt the border.
the bottom half of the backside
More info about Work In Progress Wednesday at Pin Tangle.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Details on my black TAST sampler

I started adding stitches to my black TAST sampler. First I added Basque stitches with perle 8. I made an extra loop at the bottom with 2 threads of stranded rayon. Then I made chain stitches with cotton a broder to separate the top area from the lower part of my sampler.
Here I made stacked feather stitches with perle 5 and cotton a broder and stacked half Chevron stitches with perle 8 and wool.
There’s enough space left for other experiments.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Made by B & A 2 of 12

Two years ago I made a series of ATC’s from Barbara’s fabric paper
On this second ATC I stitched pistil stitches and French knots with perle 5 and 12. I couched boucle knitting yarn to the edge.
Take a closer look at my ATC here.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Ice crystals

It’s a cold and sunny day, so I took my camera for a walk. I took some photo’s of the ice crystals on the grass. 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Mini turban cake

I’m way behind in crocheting petit fours. Here’s my mini turban cake. The brown spots are berry stitches with perle 5. The pattern is designed by Grietjekarwietje.

Friday, January 11, 2013

White sampler

Last weekend I made the last stitches on my white TAST sampler. I wrote about the details here, here, here, here and here.
Take a closer look at this sampler at my Flickr-page.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Phicops

This week’s zentangle challenge at I am the diva is to use the new tangle Phicops. I combined it with Paradox. Lacy, Hollibaugh and Printemps.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Work In Progress Wednesday - January 9

Lots of progress on my quilt this time. I quilted around the last flowers and inside the handle of the vase.
 More info about Work In Progress Wednesday at Pin Tangle.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Borders on my black TAST sampler

I stitched 2 stem stitch borders on my black TAST sampler. The outside border is done with cotton a broder. The inside border around my centre medallion is done in Rainbow Gallery Fuzzy Stuf.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Made by B & A 1 of 12

Two years ago I made a series of ATC’s from Barbara’s fabric paper. On this ATC I stitched 3 raised cup stitches, a slipped detached chain stitch and French knots. I used 4 threads of stranded floss.
There’s a larger photo of my ATC here.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

More details on my white TAST sampler

Today I made the last stitches on my white TAST sampler. I started with detached chain stitches inside the fly stitches. The thread is Caron Wildflowers.
The remaining part of my sampler is filled with running stitches. I stitched it the same way as the tangle Diva Dance, for the black spaces I used different stitches. These are drizzle stitches and French knots with cotton a border and Caron Wildflowers.
At the edge I stitched some partial buttonhole wheels with perle 5.
Sheaf stitch with cotton a broder.
A small whipped wheel with cotton a broder.
Satin stitches with stranded floss.
I made a beaded Hedebo edge in the corner, because I didn’t want my pansy to be part of the running stitch area. The thread is cotton a broder.
Now all I have to do is add more beads and damp stretch my sampler.