I finished block 8 for my crazy Monday quilt. The rickrack is attached with French knots and the flower ribbon with backstitches. There is a bigger photo here with more info about the stitches. This morning I made a new block with a bee.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I didn’t do much knitting the last few weeks, but I finished a new block yesterday. I got the idea for this pattern while I was making dinner, because I used it for my hot pads too! I need to make 6 more blocks.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Pattern darning is the August challenge for Stitch Explorer. It’s not completely new for me, I did some kogin in March. For this sample I used the same fabric (dark blue even-weave) and the same thread (ecru DMC broder special). I like the patterns Sharon mentioned in her challenge, so I used one of the narrow bands. The size is 2¼ x 3¼ inch, so I can make an ATC of it. I want to make my own pattern for my next experiment, so I have some designing to do!
Monday, August 24, 2009
This week I finished the embroidery on block 7 of my crazy Monday quilt. The little cupcake is embroidered: the cake is made of large whipped buttonhole stitches, I used spiral trellis stitches for the topping and a cast on stitch to make a cherry. I wrote about the other stitches on my Flickr-page.In my new block I used a lovely cat. I hope to do the embroidery on it this week.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Last year I skipped the long and short TAST stitch, because I thought it was too difficult. Now there are great long and short stitch shading lessons at Needle ‘n Thread, so I just had to give it a try. The stitches at my first 2 rows were a bit short, so I made them bigger each new row. I think it looks good for a first try. This is the first box of lesson 1, I have one more box to stitch.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
There are a lot of different colours in my TUSAL-jar this month. I did the embroidery on 4 new crazy Monday blocks. Just take a look at block 4, 5 and 6. Next Monday I’m going to write about block 7. There are also threads of 2 TAST stitches (rice stitch and knotted buttonhole band), a second contemporary embroidery experiment and a card for a new baby girl.
Update 2009-08-25: Block 7
Update 2009-08-25: Block 7
Friday, August 21, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Block 6 for my crazy Monday quilt. The size is 6 x 6 inch (about 15 x 15 cm). I received the button in a swap with Helen. You can see it bigger here with info about the stitches I used. This is my new block, I finished it this afternoon.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
I made these ATC's for a blue and yellow swap. I was inspired by these ATC’s. She made a great tutorial a few days later. I used yarn, fabric and sequins between bubble plastic. It was fun to see how it changed after ironing it between baking paper. I only swapped 2 of them, so the others are still available for a swap if you are interested. Take a look at the photo here to see which ones are available. I received these ATC’s from Colleen (left) and Alicia for the same swap.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
This morning we visited my brother and his wife to see their new baby. She was born on August 11. I used this lovely pattern to make a card. The embroidery is done with 2 strands of DMC.In the last few months I worked on a little quilt for my new niece. I used 4 patterns from the book ‘Teddy Bear Redwork’ by Jan Rapacz. My eldest daughter came up with the name of the quilt: ‘k Zag vier beren. This is Dutch for I saw 4 bears, an alteration of the Dutch song for children.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
. . . is the name of the stitch I used for the last seam of my crazy Monday block. It is one of the stitches in my embroidery book: Embroidery Stitches by Mary Webb. I was very happy with the result, it looks like scalloped lace. The foundation of this stitch is a large herringbone stitch. Then I made a buttonhole stitch over this foundation. Next Monday I will show you the block with the embroidery, but I wanted to share this lovely stitch.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Block 5 for my crazy Monday quilt is finished. I wrote about the stitches and the crochet on my Flickr-page.My friend B surprised me this morning with a lovely scrap of fabric with teacups, teapots and a milk-jug. I used one of the China teacups in my next block.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
. . . is the TAST stitch I tried this week. First I used the aïda from my needleweaving experiment. The bottom row is the first I made. I made straight stitches with 2 strands of purple DMC and 3 strands of yellow for the knotted buttonholes. The top row is the same, I only used yellow.This morning I made a variation on my crazy Monday block. I used 4 strands of DMC for it. The straight stitches are ¼ inch wide and I made a double knotted buttonhole band. The rows on the top and bottom are stitched from left to right. The inside rows are stitched from right to left and decorated with beads. I will show the complete block next Monday.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
. . . is the next additional block for my Groninger blanket. I wanted something quilt related in my blanket and this was the perfect pattern. My second quilt was a tumbling block quilt! This knitting pattern is block 9 of Carla’s blanket. I only had to change the number of stitches and rows for the correct size.
Monday, August 3, 2009
I finished the embroidery on my next crazy Monday block. You can see a bigger picture of it here, with more info about the stitches I used. This morning I made a new block in a different technique. I started in the upper left corner with a teapot fabric. The other blocks are all started in the centre. I like both methods.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Yesterday I found some beer bottle caps I wanted to use for a crochet project. They where perfect for the idea that popped up in my head. My husband drilled holes in the edges, so I could attach them. I used an old jeans from my daughter for the background. I embroidered the outline in chain stitches, the hands in the Portuguese stem stitch with needlewoven points and a whipped wheel in the centre. The letters are done in backstitches. I used 4 threads of DMC for everything. Then I attached the bottle caps. I made large running stitches about an inch from the chain stitches to stretch it over a cardboard circle. I only have to stitch a piece of fabric to the back and make a loop. The size is 6,5 inch (about 16,5 cm).