Monday, June 30, 2014

A walk with my camera

It’s been a very busy weekend. Our daughter is moving from a one room apartment to a 2 room apartment, so there’s a lot of work to do. Of course we needed a break from time to time, so I could take a few nice photos on our lunch walk. We found a nice path with lovely trees . . .
 . . . blackberries . . .


. . . and a tree face.
At the end of the path we turned to the right and saw a building with a lot of glass, this is the entrance.
We took a right turn to go back to the new apartment. When I photographed this building we spotted . . .
 . . . a cat with a mouse! The cat heard me zooming in. He just dropped the mouse when I started taking a video.
You can see what happened here, I think the mouse escaped!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Blue pincushion

Remember the hexagons and squares I shared last week? I turned them into this pincushion.
First I made a layout for the top and the strip for the side.
Then the layout for the bottom. These photos helped me remember where to put each hexagon and square!
First I stitched the top and bottom and the strip for the side.
Sorry, I forgot to take photos of the next steps. I sewed the strip for the side to the top piece and closed the strip to a circle. Then I sewed the bottom piece to the strip. I stuffed my pincushion when I had about ¼ of the seams left and stuffed it a little more before closing the last seam. I used glove stitch or boerenhemdensteek in DMC 80.
Jenny's lovely pincushion was the inspiration for my pincushion.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

My fabric books

After finishing my TAST 2012 fabric book I just had to take a photo of my fabric books with samplers. From top to bottom:

These links will bring you to a video for each book.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Work In Progress Wednesday - June 25

Last Sunday I finished my TAST 2012 fabric book. The size is 7 x 7 x 2 inch. 
I made a slideshow, which you can watch here.
You can read about the making of this fabric book in my posts about TAST 2012.

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.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Boerenhemdensteek

This is the stitch I used to sew my hexagons and squares together. I have no idea how it’s called in English. Just whipstitch twice in the same holes.

update June 24, 2014:
Queenie told me the name of the stitch, it's called Glove stitch.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Bullion VanDyke stitch

TAST stitch 117 is bullion VanDyke stitch. TAST stands for Take A Stitch Tuesday, an embroidery challenge at Pin Tangle.
I stitched one row in blue perle 5 and added a normal VanDyke stitch in Caron Watercolours. It was nice to give it a try, but I’m sure this is one of those stitches I just forget.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Hexagons & squares

For a new project I prepared 20 hexagons and 6 squares. I hope to share the finished project later this week. What do you think it’s going to be?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Work In Progress Wednesday - June 18

It took me more time than I expected, but I managed to finish the cover of my TAST 2012 fabric book. I needed a little bit of fabric at both sides of the spine on the inside, to sew my pages to the cover. This is a detail of those ledges.
The inside of my cover. The green fabric was a scrap from my quilt 
The outside of my cover. I hope to share a finished fabric book next time!
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, June 15, 2014

Crazy White block 4 finished

This is the second finished block for my tone on tone CQ. After patching the block I added knotted feather stitch and a cross stitched butterfly in the bottom left corner. Next I added beaded triangular buttonhole stitch and alternating buttonholed cable chain. For the finishing touch I added bugle beads to the knotted buttonhole stitch, secured the doily with transparent seed beads and added 2 stacked buttons.

All stitches except the cross stitch are part of Take A Stitch Tuesday, an embroidery challenge at Pin Tangle.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Beaded VanDyke stitch

TAST stitch 116 is beaded VanDyke stitch. TAST stands for Take A Stitch Tuesday, an embroidery challenge at Pin Tangle.

I stitched my samples on 14 count Aida. Of course I started with Sharon’s first sample. The thread is perle 8.
Here I stitched Sharon’s second sample in wool.
This is a combo of the previous rows, I alternated the beads in the centre and the arms. The thread is wool.
Here I stitched a small row in perle 8. I added one bead to the arms every 4th stitch.
In this row I added the beads to the arms on one side and alternated left and right, the thread is perle 12.
My last row is almost the same as the previous, I only added an extra stitch between the beaded stitches.
Take a closer look at my complete sampler here.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Pretty fabric

The size of this pretty fabric sampler is 9 x 9 inch. I’m planning to embroider it in matching colours, you can take a look at my first stitches here.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Whipped beaded long tail chain stitch

TAST stitch 115 is beaded and whipped long tail chain stitch. TAST stands for Take A Stitch Tuesday, an embroidery challenge at Pin Tangle.
I stitched this sample on my new fabric with a pretty design. It’s the same as the inside of my new etui or pen holder. First I stitched 5 beaded long tail chain stitches and then I whipped them 3 rounds on both sides of the beads. The thread is Stef Francis perle 5. I also added French knots with stranded floss at the edge of the star design. Just click the photo to take a closer look at my sample.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Long tail chain stitch

TAST stitch 114 is long tail chain stitch. TAST stands for Take A Stitch Tuesday, an embroidery challenge at Pin Tangle.
Sharon’s square sample was the base of my experiment on Gingham. The threads are cotton a broder size #16 and #25. The green long tail chain stitches are woven, it’s just a woven detached chain stitch with a long tail.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Cross stitched cake

This cake was one of the patterns in a cross stitch kit. I finished it weeks ago, but forgot to take a photo.