Monday, April 24, 2017

It’s a Teesha Rainbow - RED

I’m participating in a series of swaps for Teesha Moore inspired patches with a rainbow colour. Red is the first one and we made 2 patches for our partners.
I knew Betsy likes dotee dolls, a great excuse to appliqué one on a patch. 
For the second patch I used a Dutch fabric and decorated it with beads. Betsy was very happy with her patches!
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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter eggs

I crocheted 23 Easter eggs for my bowl with a bonbon yarn set. It had 8 colours, 10 grams/35 meter each and I used it until the very last bit.
 I started with this free pattern, but also created a lot of striped eggs. 
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Monday, April 10, 2017

Wonder31

I finished prompts 8-10 of Daisy Yellow’s Wonder31 prompts in my altered book Rooie. Prompt 8 reminded me of an origami kimono, but I just used origami in 2 prompts so I wanted to do something different. Luckily I remembered the pretty stamp I've got from Hideko, so that was my starting point. I used acrylic paint and a Sharpie to decorate my spread.
8 Kimono
For prompt 9 I cut freehand squares and rectangles from my stash of wallpaper and made a collage. The next day I added the magazine clippings.
9 Wallpaper
Prompt 10 made me think about which list of ten favorites I would use. Then I decided to mix my list into another list of ten favorites.
10 Ten favorites
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Monday, April 3, 2017

Fancy herringbone & raised Cretan stitch

TAST stitch 70 is fancy herringbone stitch. TAST stands for Take A Stitch Tuesday, an embroidery challenge at Pin Tangle.

I stitched a wide version on Aida. The threads are perle 12 for the herringbone, cotton a broder for the upright cross stitch and perle 5 for the lacing.
Some time ago Sharon shared a tutorial for the raised Cretan stitch. This stitch was new to me, so I just had to give it a try. I used perle 12 for the backstitches and Caron Wildflower for the raised Cretan.
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Monday, March 27, 2017

Randje 61-63

I’m still working on my borders for Randje per week 2015. More info about this SAL at Randje per week.
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Whipped chain stitch

TAST stitch 76 is whipped chain stitch in 2 variations. TAST stands for Take A Stitch Tuesday, an embroidery challenge at Pin Tangle.
Until this week I only knew one variation of whipped chain stitch. So I just had to make a sampler of both variations. The first variation is done in perle 8 and whipped in Caron Wildflowers. The second variation is done in perle 5 and whipped in wool. It reminds me of the magic chain stitch.
My first experiment was a combo of both variations. I stitched chain stitch in perle 8 and alternated the whipping in perle 12. One stitch in variation 1 and one stitch in variation 2. I stitched variation 1 again in the second half of variation 2, which resulted in a cross. I like how this turned out.
My next experiment was with the open chain stitch, which is stitch 15 at Queenie’s Sunday Stitch School. I stitched open chain stitch in 2 threads of stranded floss and whipped it in DMC perle 5 color variations. I used the second variation.
My last experiment is a beaded variation.  I used perle 5 for the chain stitch and whipped it in perle 12 and 2mm beads.
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Monday, March 13, 2017

Wonder31

I finished prompts 4-7 of Daisy Yellow’s Wonder31 prompts in my altered book Rooie. Prompt 4 was easy, I just digitized a cute old photo and had to use it. Bloemen plukken is Dutch for picking flowers and Landsmeer is a town near Amsterdam.
Prompt 4 - 1960's
Prompt 5 reminded me of my origami paper collection.
Prompt 5 - Collection
Prompt 6 was not so easy. I don’t like coffee, so what to do with the espresso prompt? Luckily I found an advertisement and used that as my starting point.
Prompt 6 - Espresso
Prompt 7 reminded me of a basic origami fold. I turned them into flowers and made a garden spread.
Prompt 7 - Pinwheel
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Monday, March 6, 2017

Doily canvas

When I was reorganizing my photos I found the missing photos of a doily canvas I made for a dear friend. She gave me a pile of doilies to use in my CQ. They were made by her mother many years ago. I wanted to make something for her with a few of these doilies, before using them in CQ. This canvas was inspired by a doily canvas I saw at Pinterest, unfortunately the link doesn’t work anymore. Just click the photo take take a closer look at this canvas.
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Monday, February 27, 2017

Wonder31

If you follow this blog at Facebook, you’ve already seen 2 of these spreads in my altered book Rooie.These are my interpretations of the first 3 of Daisy Yellow’s Wonder 31 prompts. I share them there on the day I finish them. If I have a few of them I share them here in a bunch.

The first prompt wasn’t easy, how minimal should it be?
prompt 1 - minimal
The second prompt reminded me of Christmas, but that was not what I wanted to do around Valentines day! Luckily I found the clipping of the mermaid and build on that.
prompt 2 - Snowglobe
The third prompt was inspired by the pretty cut and flip work of Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. She shares them frequently in her weekly vlog. I wasn’t happy with just a cut and flip butterfly, so I altered it with another clipping. Van binnen bekijken is Dutch for look inside. I like this weird page!
prompt 3 - Butterfly
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Randje 57-59

I’m still working on my borders for Randje per week 2015. More info about this SAL at Randje per week.
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Birthday card

On this birthday card I stitched a floral spray in perle 5 on felt. I used oyster stitch, feather stitch, fly stitch, detached chain stitch and French knots. Just click the photo to take a closer look.
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Monday, February 6, 2017

Different does not mean wrong

Last November I started a new altered book for collage. Now I made a second page, which started with the mouth. These collages are so much fun to make!
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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Randje 55 & 56

I’m still working on my borders for Randje per week 2015. More info about this SAL at Randje per week.
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Sunday, January 29, 2017

TAST interview

This year it’s been 10 years since the first run of TAST. TAST stands for Take A Stitch Tuesday, an embroidery challenge at Sharon’s Pin Tangle. Throughout the year Sharon is going to run a series of interviews with stitchers and asked me to be the first. It feels very special! This interview brought lots of people to my blog and I’m happy some of you made time to leave a comment.
I wrote a post about my old cross stitch experiments to accompany this interview, you can read it here. And here you can  see what I did with the dragon embroidery.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Old cross stitch experiments

Today I want to share some of my old projects with cross stitches, because there’s so much you can do with this basic stitch. It’s fun to experiment and I hope this will inspire you to give it a try. I think many embroiderers started with counted cross stitch projects. This detail of my gorse fairies is the biggest piece I made, it took me almost 30 years to complete!
I also used cross stitch to embroider TAST on the spine of my TAST 2012 fabric book. Just 2 threads of stranded floss on Aida.
Instead of stitching on linen or Aida you can also use a different fabric. Gingham is a nice first step. I used 2 and 4 threads of stranded floss to stitch this Leo.
Here I used cross stitch to alter the look of the Gingham before I embroidered my rope. The cross stitches on this piece are done in cotton a broder.
Altering fabric with stitches is a lot of fun. This next experiment is cross stitch in cotton a broder on a patterned white fabric. The squares on the fabric made it easy to stitch.
My next sample is part of a fabric book page with different fabrics. Here I stitched a cross stitch border to secure the edge. I didn’t use any guidelines, just stitched the pattern eyeballing it. I only made sure all stitches were stitched in the same direction.
To experiment with stitches it’s good to look at the parts of the stitch. Cross stitch is just 2 crossed straight stitches. As long as they cross each other it’s a cross stitch, so they don’t have to be the same size and they don’t have to cross all in the same direction if you’re not working in counted work.  That’s just what a did on this detail of a fabric card. Again the thread is cotton a broder.
You can also use cross stitch to quilt. On this Teesha Moore inspired patch I played with the size and angle of the cross stitch in stranded floss.
It’s fun to stitch on paper instead of fabric. Here I stitched on thicker paper to make a word in my altered book. Embroidery is a nice combo with journaling!
Here I stitched on a photo. I used tape to secure my threads, knots would be too bulky to attach it to my journaling spread. I wrote about the making of this spread with lots of progress photos of the embroidery here.
In this last example I took the cross stitch in another direction. I replaced the straight stitch parts by buttonhole bars. So I stitched crossed buttonhole bars and added some normal cross stitches.
Just click the links if you want to read more about one of these projects.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

CQ patch for Johnny

From time to time I participate in a Teesha Moore inspired patch swap. I made this patch for Johnny for an embroidered patch swap. Of course I thought about CQ and wondered if I could use it in a Teesha Moore inspired patch. To make it work I made it a bit bigger, it’s 5½ by 7¼ inch. I added lace and a rose charm, which was part of a necklace. I only used stranded floss on this patch.
On this seam I stitched feather stitch and decorated it with French knots.
Here I stitched crossed buttonhole stitch.
Vandyke stitch at the right and tied herringbone with straight stitches and beads at the left.
I secured the lace and the border with French knots. The lace is decorated with larger beads in the centre.
You can take a closer look at this CQ patch here.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Fancy Cats

This quilt was hidden in my cupboard for many years. I shared the start of this quilt in one of the early posts on this blog, when I only wrote them in Dutch. You can read them here and here. I finished the top in 2008, but never shared a photo. So this is how my top looked before I started adding the borders.
I already shared this progress photo on my Facebook blog, it’s one of sneak peeks I share from time to time. Here I was stitching the 36 inch seam of the first border, now I’m working on the second one. Of course it’s all done by hand!
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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Randje 53 & 54

I’m still working on my borders for Randje per week 2015. More info about this SAL at Randje per week. These are randje 53 & 54.
They were the last borders on page 9. Just click the photos to take a closer look.
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