Saturday, August 19, 2017

It’s a Teesha Rainbow - GREEN

I’m participating in a series of swaps for Teesha Moore inspired patches with a rainbow colour. Green is the 4th swap and we made 2 patches for our partners.
On my first patch I used Sorbello stitch (TAST stitch 88) and French knots. I secured the edge with running stitch. The thread is DMC perle 5 color variations.
My second patch is made of different green strips. I couched knitting yarn at the seams in stranded floss and added a glass bead. The edge is secured with cross stitches in stranded floss.
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Monday, August 14, 2017

CatchPhrase A-F

CatchPhrase is the new challenge at Daisy Yellow, perfect to keep the journaling-flow going after ICAD! Tammy gave us 26 prompts to work in your own pace. I planned to do a prompt every other day, so I have time to do some stitching on the other days. This works fine until now, I have some stitching to share next time! Read all about this challenge at Daisy Yellow.
To make sure I do all prompts I made my first handbound journal with enough pages to do 26 prompts. I watched a few YouTube videos with longstitch binding and gave it a try. I’m very happy with my first journal! There’s a video of my journal at my Facebook blog.
Weather was prompt A. I made a collage inspired by Teesha Moore and added a quote. It’s Dutch for
Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass,
it’s about learning to dance in the rain.
Outline was prompt B. It reminded me of my Assisi embroidery, so I made an Assisi collage with a bold outline.
The Beatles was prompt C. At first I didn’t want to do Yellow Submarine, because I already did that in the 2015 Top2000 party. But I ended up using the same image in a different way. First I made a collage with watercolour paint, painted book pages, my hand carved stamp, ink and markers.
Then I cut it in pieces and made another collage with it in my CatchPhrase journal. It’s inspired by the work of Cecil Touchon.
Prompt D is The sea. I made a collage and used my hand carved stamp again.
Found poetry is prompt E. I made a colourful background and added my Dutch found poetry. It says:
The sun gives
3.1 million
square
meters
flowers.
That is
the new face of
having fun.
Prompt F is washi tape. To make it easier for me I used the word fiets, which is Dutch for bicycle.
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Monday, August 7, 2017

ICAD box

This year I participated in ICAD (Index Card A Day) again, it was my second time. There was a weekly theme with daily prompts. I shared them on my Facebook blog the day I created them and I wrote a weekly post with more info here. You can find the theme and prompts at DaisyYellowThis year I made 61 cards and 2 extra blind contour drawings. 
All cards for ICAD 2017 with my hand-stitched box.
Last year I made a nice handbound book for my cards, which I forgot to share here!
All cards for ICAD 2016 in a handbound book.
This year I made a hand-stitched cardboard box. It started with the cardboard pieces glued on 2 sheets of scrapbook paper.
When the glue was dry I cut them and glued the remaining paper to the backside.
Polka dots for the outside and stripes for the inside of my box.
All parts for my cardboard box.
I used double-sided tape to attach the inside parts to the outside parts. Then it was time to make holes with this pergamano pen and a ruler.
I made the holes 1/2 cm from the edge and 1/2 cm apart.
The next step was to embroider all edges with looped edging stitch. It’s a knotted buttonhole variation, that holds it shape after each stitch you make. I used quilting thread for my stitches.
looped edging stitch
Then I sewed the parts together with a knot after each whipstitch with the same black quilting thread.
I wrapped the thread twice around the needle to make a knot.
 I decorated the front of the lid with beads.
my cardboard box on a few cards
A closer look at the inside with the lid open.
All cards fit nicely! You can take a closer look at my cards for ICAD 2017 here.
My cardboard box with 63 cards.
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Monday, July 31, 2017

ICAD 55-61

This year I participated in ICAD (Index Card A Day) again, it was my second time. There was a weekly theme with daily prompts. I shared them on my Facebook blog the day I created them and I wrote a weekly post with more info here. You can find the theme and prompts at Daisy Yellow.

I made a collage for day 55 and used my hand-carved stamp from day 51 again.
Day 55
A quote for day 56, it was just one of those days!
Day 56
I used Tammy's Rainbow Sherbet tutorial for day 57-60.

Acrylic paint for day 57. Lente is Dutch for spring.
Day 57
Coloured pencils, brush pens and embroidery floss for day 58. Zomer is Dutch for summer.
Day 58
And a detail of my backstitches.
Day 58 - detail
Watercolour pencils, brush pens and collage for day 59. Herfst is Dutch for autumn.
Day 59
Gouache, distress ink, a Dymo label and a white marker for day 60.
Day 60
And my complete Rainbow Sherbet.
Rainbow Sherbet
A collage for the last day of ICAD. You can take a closer look at my cards for this year’s ICAD here.
Day 61
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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Crested chain stitch

TAST stitch 93 is crested chain stitch. TAST stands for Take A Stitch Tuesday, an embroidery challenge at Pin Tangle. Today is World Embroidery Day, the perfect day to add this stitch to my pretty fabric sampler.
I stitched a circle in perle 5 and decorated it with French knots. To make a pretty circle I skipped the first tiny chain stitch.
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Monday, July 24, 2017

ICAD 48-54

This year I’m participating in ICAD (Index Card A Day) again, it’s my second time. There’s a weekly theme with daily prompts. I share them on my Facebook blog the day I create them and I’ll write a weekly post with more info here. You can find the theme and prompts at DaisyYellow.

I made a few of these collaged faces a few weeks ago when Tammy of Daisy Yellow shared her collaged faces. This one was perfect for the prompt of day 48.
Day 48
For day 49 I made a collage inspired by the charms on my old bracelet.
Day 49
A drawing for day 50 with doodle patterns.
Day 50
I carved a new stamp and used it on my card for day 51. The prompt was also a great excuse to use my mermaid stamp, which was in my stash for years.
Day 51
I used another handcarved stamp for day 52. I carved this stamp last december, but only shared it at my Facebook blog. I found the text at Pinterest.
Day 52
A blind contour drawing  for day 53. I used a mirror to draw a selfportrait. Kijk in de spiegel is Dutch for look in the mirror. It was my third blind contour drawing, we were challenged by Tammy of Daisy Yellow. You can take a look at my first 2 drawings here.
Day 53
And today I made a collage for day 54. I lived in Amsterdam for 38 years.
Day 54
Only one more week of ICAD!

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Zigzag stitch sampler

A few weeks ago Queeniepatch introduced us to zigzag stitch in her Sunday Stitch School. I made an Aida sampler to give it a try. Last Saturday I only shared the first rows, today I’m going to share the remaining experiments.

In these 2 rows I experimented with the size of the zigzag stitch. The threads are yellow cotton a broder #25 and 2 threads of stranded pink floss.
Here I alternated the size of the zigzag stitch. The thread is perle 12.
Of course I also had to stitch a normal zigzag stitch in perle 8, but . . .
. . . it also looks great if you shift every other row.
I did the same with my alternated experiment in perle 12. I like these rows of bowties, but . . .
 . . . when I shifted every other row it looks even better. Love this variation, it gives a very nice pattern.
And here’s my complete sampler. I enjoyed experimenting with zigzag stitch.
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Monday, July 17, 2017

ICAD 41-47

This year I’m participating in ICAD (Index Card A Day) again, it’s my second time. There’s a weekly theme with daily prompts. I share them on my Facebook blog the day I create them and I’ll write a weekly post with more info here. You can find the theme and prompts at DaisyYellow.

A quote for day 41, a good excuse to practise some hand lettering.
Day 41
A simple drawing for day 42. The lettering was inspired by an ICAD-card at Instagram.
Day 42
The lyrics of the gayatri mantra for day 43, another excuse to practise hand lettering. You can listen to this mantra here.
Day 43
Embroidery on denim scraps for day 44. It’s all stitched in 2 threads of stranded floss.
Day 44
Let's take a closer look at my stitches.
Running stitch circles in orange.
Tied herringbone stitch in yellow and blue.
Backstitched chain stitch and a star stitch in yellow and red.
Fly stitch and upright cross stitch in green and orange.
A woven and whipped wheel with detached chain stitches in blue and red. There’s a tutorial for a similar wheel on this blog here.
Star stitches in red.
And a buttonhole wheel in green.
Day 45 was inspired by the landscape tutorial  in Tammy’s Index Card Art Tutorials - Explore Pack.
Day 45
For day 46 I translated Tammy’s mandala tutorial to thread. I used fabric, embroidery floss and sequins.
Day 46
And today I made a collage. I used magazine clippings, stickers, acrylic paint and part of my old doodle cloth from 2009 with my experiments for laidwork foundation embroidery.  I wrote about them here.
Day 47
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