zaterdag 19 januari 2019

19 - 1 - 19 ... T A S T

The year had a quiet start :
I love that
after all the hussle and bussle of December.

Now January halfway gone ...

I am making sketches again for new pictures,
forming ideas of  "stories" ...
painting them will take a while.

I started something else :

No, not "task", though it is,
but Take A Stitch Tuesday.

I found this accidentally
and it reminded of my try two years back :
something similar but abandoned very soon.
Let's see what this year brings ...

An old IKEA cushion cover I found
(the back is almost totally white)

A thread-nest with odds and ends of other
stitching projects

The start of  T A S T  at the back side of the coverlet.

Me, I was stitching on Thursday
and catching up the first three weeks :
chain stitch, fly stitch and buttonhole stitch
(with variations if you want to)

All familiar to me so time to play !

(I hope it's allowed to stitch on other days too ?
at least I did !)

Start at the front ...

(HA, someone in the TAST - community
is using the very same coverlet ...)

maandag 24 december 2018

enjoy !

Holidays give many opportunities.
You can spend them with family
with friends
with the cat / the dog
or alone

("home alone" can be sooo good,
though there still is that movie
they show almost every year about this time ... )

You can party
you can cook / eat some extravagant dinner
or just look what's in the fridge
Everyone can choose (I hope)
what suites her or him best.

The main thing is :


(these last few weeks I've enjoyed another
online felting class
made quite a few felted birds,
and made some special presents
that will be unwrapped in two days)

in case you are one of the many people
who have to WORK right now
then I hope you catch some
  happy time  
later !

vrijdag 14 december 2018

king or fisher ?

It might become a mild

Soon after making the very first bird
I started to use a felting needle :
not too much,
but just to make sure I start off with the right shape.
That way I'm able to follow more closely
the colour pattern on the bird.

King or Fisher ???

We don't hardly ever see them here, kingfishers.
They are quite rare
Years ago I saw a bright blue flash
from a branch near the water behind our garden
and knew what it must have been right away !
(never seen one since)

(no harm done)

(hmmmm ... sure lóóks like an addiction)

dinsdag 11 december 2018

one bird in the hand ...

Like last year
I'm participating in an online felting class

Though I don't have a lot of time
to do some big felting right now,
but there's the possibility to save these lessons for later
(like the wrist warmers and the skirt)

But the little birds that adorned a felted vessel
were sooooooooo CUTE
I had to try them right away !

A tiny bit of wool
lukewarm water, soap
and nimble hands
do the trick.

A small great tit was the result !

And because it's such fun ...
(a blue tit without a picture)

a wren

and a tail tit.
Always love it when in winter these little ones
come foraging in a group !

Maybe I even make one of these special visitors in felt !
(ring-necked parakeets are more and more common here)

dinsdag 27 november 2018


After all the Pink Ribbon activity in October
came some serious felting
in the first two weekends of November.

The regional group
of our Dutch felting society
gave us the opportunity
to make shoes or boots.
(some of the members did a real shoe-workshop,
then made another pair and then
five of them wanted to teach us)

With three together
we carpooled to the tree-nursery region
where one of the members has a felting studio
in a greenhouse.
The sun was shining ...
but at first it was COLD !
(but we were warned :
and had many layers of clothing !)

After measuring our feet
we had to adjust the lasts according to those measures.

Iiiiiiieeeee not nice, cutting into the styrofoam !

We also made the reinforcement for the heel

Weighing the wool, making the resist for the felt,
and having a nice lunch filled up that first day.

The next day the serious felting began !
Still COLD but the sun heated up the greenhouse quit nicely.

Starting with the  B I G  resist !

The first of many layers ! 

After working for a considerable time
I could cut the form in half
making two shoes

After a bit more felting I put in the lasts
and continued felting
to let them shrink to the form.

We took the half finished shoes home.

Luckily I could take out the lasts without
having to cut the sole !!!

Then there was more felting, till they fit around my feet !

After they were dry I could cut the shape I wanted :
I decided for booties instead of shoes with laces.

Next weekend was the final day :
punching holes for laces,
gluing in the contrefort and putting on the soles.

Ta-daaaaah !

Very happy !

(some others too !)

It was a LOT of work
but soooooo much FUN !

donderdag 15 november 2018

the final PINK result


Oh boy, it has been a while 

After finishing the last Pink Ribbon jewel
on Wednesday October 31
there was the start of a lot-of-hard-work workshop :
felting shoes !
It was a lot of FUN but it was quite cold
and a LOT of hard work indeed !
(3 days)
But more on thát later !

Although, at the beginning of the month,
I didn't know if I would be able
to keep it up till the end,
I luckily did !!!
(but I still must be careful with my back)

The very last EXTRA jewels
that I had to make
will be going to the post next week !

Then the final amount I can transfer to PINK  RIBBON will be

€  525.-

I want to THANK all the generous buyers
who made this possible !

Madelon, Alet, Karen, Gerda
Ellen, Dee, Joke, Siets,
Sjaak, Evelien, Sandra,
Larisa, Corinna, Anke, Ulrike,
 Hazel , Maria, Nancy,
Catherina, Delia,
Kate, Jolan



(you might count the names and NOT come to 31 ...
that's because there were people who bought 
MORE than one jewel !!!)