Sunday, May 31, 2009

Needleweaving 2

This is my second attempt to needleweaving. I still wanted to try pulled thread, so I used some aïda for it. It was very easy to count the stitches, but it was very hard to pull out the threads! It was supposed to become a square, but I made a small rectangle (3 inch long). I didn't weave in the pulled threads. On the long sides I made hemstitches and straight stitches on the other sides. The weaving was very easy on this fabric. I made small bars over 2, 3, 4 and 5 stitches with 2 different colours.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Needleweaving 1

The May challenge for Stitch Explorer 2009 is needleweaving. First I wanted to make a pulled thread piece, but then I had to pull out so many threads before I could start! That's why I made a small example (1 x 1 inch) on the fabric. I made 10 straight stitches and started weaving. When it was finished, it looked like a little carpet. So I made some fringes in straight stitches on both sides. Then I made a woven wheel with woven picots to make a little flower.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Groninger blanket additional block 3

This pattern is from my old Dutch knitting book (Libelles 300 breisteken boek). It's a lovely addition to my blanket.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

SAL Japan - framed

This lovely embroidery is designed by Miriam and I finished it in March. My husband made some frames for me, one for this and one for my Assisi train. I didn't want it painted so it's already finished.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Groninger blanket additional block 2

I just finished another extra block for my blanket. This time I used Ivana's pattern, she named it stripes and cables. I cast on 52 stitches (1 extra stitch on both sides) and knitted the pattern twice. I started with row 2 (purl) and cast off in row 36 (second time).

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Inspiration Award

Julie gave me this Inspiration Award, thank you Julie! These are the rules for this award:

* link back to the person who gave it to you

* put the picture award on your blog

* you can nominate anyone and as many as you choose

* leave a fact that no one knows about you

* leave a comment on the blog that gave you this award

Well, for the unknown fact about me: I have a lot of UFO's, I only have to quilt them :-)

I want to give this award to Miriam and Nadia.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Chicken scratch heart

I started this heart last February, after I finished this. I used the same fabric. Last week I finished it as a birthday present for a quilting friend. I used white thread for one side of the heart and red for the other side. It's fun to see it's so different! On the edge I attached some white ribbon with red beads. I didn't make the roses, I just bought them. They just finished my little heart.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Groninger blanket additional block 1

I need more blocks for my blanket and I found this lovely block on the forum of the Wolhemelblanket group. Here you can see the pattern. So far I have made 25 blocks and I need 40. Maybe I make something like the one Miriam made. I saw the pattern in my old Libelle knitting book too. I already made a list of patterns I can use.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Foreign text somewhere

. . . was the name of the swap I did recently. Liz (left) and Marsha (right) sent me these ATC's. Liz used words from a German book about Moscow. I used a part of a Chinese newspaper from the USA and scraps of origami paper to make log cabin ATC's.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Casalguidi: Tree In My Garden

Yesterday I finished my casalguidi project. I added some flowers to the right side of the tree and then I finished the grass. The yellow flower is a woven wheel, a cast on stitch flower-bud and a detached chain stitch flower-bud. The purple one is done in buttonhole stitches, I made them very close together. After the first round I did another one to give it some dimension. I wanted to have some birds in the tree too. The body of my bird is an oyster stitch. The head is a detached chain stitch, but I finished the stitch with brown to make a beak. I made the tail with a few straight stitches. And the eye is a French knot. The curved bottom appeared while I was stitching, so I left it this way. I only made an outline around the sky in the Portuguese stem stitch to complete my embroidery. Below you can see a dimensional detail of the grass at the bottom of the trunk.
I wrote about this project several times. You can read it here.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Embroidery presents

I made this card for my father's birthday. The numbers are designed by Miriam. I used the sashiko pattern of the 7 background. I like the Assisi style of the numbers. Two quilting friends celebrated their birthdays today and I made some presents for them. This lovely matroyshka is one of them. She's about 2 inch tall. I used this pattern.
And this lovely biscornu scissor fob is the second one. It's about 1,5 inch and I attached a crab claw. The pattern of this one is a retired freebie. There is a video of it here.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Casalguidi 6

I finished my raised stem stitch band on my Casalguidi embroidery, so now I can show you what I made. This started as an enlarged doodle. It's not finished yet. I have to add more grass at the bottom, some flowers on the right side and maybe a bird (or two) in the tree. I already wrote about the trunk and the sky here. And I made a tutorial for the green pulled thread triangle stitch here. The purple flower is done in detached chain stitches with a French knot, the stem is a whipped chain stitch with double detached chain stitch leaves. The butterfly is made of 4 detached chain stitches and a bullion knot with 2 straight stitches. Now I'm working on the grass. I use woven picots for those, with the help of Mary Corbet's video tutorial. Click the photo to see it bigger.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Groninger blanket blocks 25-27

Yesterday Miriam showed her Groninger blanket. She already crocheted 25 blocks together! That reminded me of my finished blocks, so here they are.
I altered the last one, I made 9 hearts instead of 5.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Casalguidi 5

I found a triangle pulled thread stitch in an old Dutch embroidery book for my Casalguidi background. I like the shape, so I share my way of stitching it. It's stitched in rows from right to left. The stitch is done over 3 x 6 threads. First you make a V-shape in 2 steps. Make a horizontal stitch from right to left by picking up 6 threads. Then make a diagonal stitch from bottom to top.

Close the top with a last stitch to complete the triangle and bring your needle up for the next stitch. When you finished a row, just turn your work and stitch the next one.

And this is how it looks on my project. I made the rows from top to bottom and reverse. I also started to make a raised stem stitch band. I couched 3 threads of cotton and covered it with satin stitches. This little sneak peek is 1 inch wide.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


This lovely ATC was in my mailbox today. It's the second one that Nel made for me, the first one didn't arrive so she made me a new one!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Casalguidi 4

This is just a sneak peek of my new Casalguidi project. It is going to be about 3 x 4 inch and I'm working on the background. The part on the photo is about
1 x 1 inch. The brown on the right side is the same stitch I tried here on the back of the fabric, but I changed the direction. The other stitch is new, I found it in a magazine I bought last week (Anna 5-2009). The brown line between the 2 stitches is the Portuguese stem stitch. I already know where to put my raised stem stitch band too!