donderdag 30 april 2009


Last month I did a swap with Nel for Koninginnedag (Queensday). I made this ATC for her in backstitches with variegated orange DMC (51), because orange is the colour of our Royal family.
Nel made an ATC for me too, but it didn't arrive at my home yet. She posted a photo of it, so you can take a look here.
(Added later: I used this drawing)

woensdag 29 april 2009


Just a quick note, because Mr X Stitch wrote about my Assisi dragon! It is so nice to see that people like what I make.

dinsdag 28 april 2009


Yes, I quilted another triangle. This is the second triangle on my right side. There are 3 more triangle to quilt and 2 corner triangles.

zondag 26 april 2009

Casalguidi 3

This morning I was browsing some old Ariadnes (magazines for embroidery, knitting and crochet) for some inspiration. I wanted to combine Persian openwork and the raised stem stitch band to make 'real' Casalguidi. There were some lovely examples of Persian openwork, I just had to try some. The first one reminds me of the quilt block Rail Fence. It was very easy, just 3 rows of 13 straight stitches over 4 threads. The next one was stitched on the back of the fabric! Here you can see the result.
And this is the back of it. It is done in herringbone stitches, 4 stitches over 2 x 6 threads. Then they move, the next 4 stitches are halfway the first. After that they move back.

zaterdag 25 april 2009

Casalguidi 2

My second part of Casalguidi is a raised stem stitch band. I never did this before, but with the help of Sharon's tutorial and my embroidery book (Beginner's Guide to Stumpwork by Kay Dennis) I succeeded. First I couched 4 threads of cotton in 3 different curves and covered it with satin stitches with 3 threads of DMC. Then I made the foundation stitches with 2 threads of DMC. First I had some trouble with those, so I used a tapestry needle to make sure the stitches where not to tight. After stitching 5 stitches I removed the first 2 stitches. It worked great for me! Then it was time for the stem stitches with 2 threads of DMC. I read somewhere you needed 3 to 4 times the length of the base, so I used 4 times the length and an inch extra for securing the thread. I needed 11 of those, for I made 11 rows of stem stitches!

Update: I added more stitches and turned this into an ornament in May 2011.

donderdag 23 april 2009

Cupcake biscornu and scissor fob

I saw this lovely biscornu 6 months ago and started the embroidery. My edge was inspired by the same biscornu. A few days ago I found it again and I did the last stitching. I also made 2 single cupcakes to make a matching scissor fob. And now they are finally ready! 

dinsdag 21 april 2009

Casalguidi 1

Casalguidi is the April challenge for stitch explorer. It's completely new to me, so I started with pulled and drawn thread embroidery. The first row is the hemstitch, the second row is the hemstitch again, but now I removed 4 threads. I secured those threads, with the help of this tutorial. The third row is the mesh stitch and the last part is done in waffle stitch. I altered it a bit halfway.

zondag 19 april 2009

Assisi dragon

It's finished!! This is Assisi pushed in my own direction. Below you can see all the colours I used. I did not plan the stitching, the ideas came while working on it. I practiced a lot of different stitches: herringbone stitch, (half) chevron stitch, bullion knots, French knots, cast on stitch, buttonhole stitch, chain stitch and variations, Algerian eyes, fly stitch, cross stitch, Cretan stitch, bonnet stitch, woven and whipped wheels, Basque stitch, satin stitch, wheatear stitch, Portuguese stem stitch, (spiral) trellis stitch, arrowhead stitch, buttonhole bar stitch and drizzle stitches.
Added: I turned this embroidery into an ornament, just take a look here.

vrijdag 17 april 2009

Rosa Plumbi

I want to show you one of my very first quilts. It's my first stained glass quilt and I finished it in September 2002. There's not enough quilting done, I only quilted the seams. When I was making this one, my oldest daughter was learning Latin, so we decided to give it a Latin name. I made the label for this quilt on foundation.

woensdag 15 april 2009


Last month I did a white fabric ATC swap. The first one is made by Deena with a lovely crocheted flower. The second one is made by Brenda with embroidered snowflakes on shiny fabric.
And I made some white on white monograms for Helen and Ingrid in cross stitch.

dinsdag 14 april 2009

Assisi 6

My dragon is still growing. The top part in red, pink and purple is finished. Now I can work on the bottom part in green. It's very addictive to work on this piece!

zaterdag 11 april 2009


Tricia made this beautiful ATC for the Black Fabric ATC swap. You can read about the making of this ATC here. The second ATC is made by Ingrid for the same swap.
And these are the ones I made for this swap. I used shisha stitch to attach the coins. There is a better photo here.

vrijdag 10 april 2009

Assisi 5

Just a quick update on my dragon. It's not ready yet, but it's so much fun to work on! And it's a great way to practice all the stitches I learned so far.

donderdag 9 april 2009

Rooster egg cosy

There was a little workshop at my quiltbee. We made this lovely rooster. It's a nice companion for my chickens. You can see them here and here. Maybe I make some of these eggs too.

woensdag 8 april 2009

Groninger blanket - hearts

Yesterday I finished another block for my blanket. My yarn is off-white, but it doesn't show on the photo (it's a very rainy day).

zaterdag 4 april 2009

Assisi 4

This dragon is my next project in Assisi. I found the drawing when I was looking for a dragon to embroider on an ATC for Hannah. I embroidered the outline in purple with a backstitch on off-white fabric with some purple marbles. Then I started to fill the background with different stitches. The upper half will be done in red and pink and the lower half in green. So halfway I want them to mingle. I hope I can finish it before the next challenge starts.