donderdag 21 januari 2021

katha with other bits

We have stormy days here.

(on this hopeful day in the US)
we had a birthday boy with hugs from far away,
today a dear friend's birthday, also with hugs from far away :
that's the way birthdays are right now !

After the kantha design was stitched
Stewart gave the new suggestion to also use bits of fabric.

So the first (discarded) design I now used for that.
Reds and pinks, why not

The bit of red silk was "secured"
with interfacing ironed on against fraying !

The original sketch

After this one I still thought that the other sketch
was better suited for it
so e new cut out and more bits of fabric

Bigger bits of fabric and different stitches used too.

It was fun to do in the end
but not really "my cup of tea"

dinsdag 19 januari 2021


January began with a Stitch Club workshop
of Stewart Kelly
From a drawing on A3 we took a part
selected by a viewfinder (11 x 11 cm)
Then that piece was transferred to cotton.
The lines of it and certain areas
were stitched in Kantha style. 

After some days there was the suggestion
to flip or mirror the design
to make an even bigger pattern.
Many did that on the computer/tablet/phone
but I decided to place my first part in such a way
that I could "flip it over" three-way
and stitch the whole pattern.


There was even a follow up with bits of fabric
with the same and another design

zondag 10 januari 2021


Ten days into the new "better, healthier" year
and no sign of relaxation of the Corona (Covid) measures
pffffft . . . so be it.

In the Stitch Club
we just go on stitching !

Mandy Pattullo's "bird-workshop" was loved by many !
In my head is still a to-do-list
of more birds.
(and I will be counting birds in the garden
for the national bird-count, two weekends from now !)

But there were two more birds already,
one of them my all time favorite wish-bird :
the kingfisher !
Years ago, when we just moved to this place,
I saw a bright blue flash on the other side of the water
that runs along our garden :
that could only mean one thing, a kingfisher.
(usually not a bird that's often seen here in the west,
more so in the east of our country near streams with high sandy banks)

On internet are lots and lots of wonderful pictures of birds,
easy enough to get a good look at them.
for this one I used a bigger size background than the robin(s)
and the crested tit,
20 x 30 cm (+seams)

sketches from photographs

Adding some lace and tulle to the background

Then came the fiddly bit of stitching
all the tiny snippets in place.

I took some good pictures in our garden !

So . . .
there will be more birds in the future


Another robin was already made !

vrijdag 1 januari 2021

1 - 1 - '21


 The first day of a fresh new year !
(may 2021 bring a lot better days that the strange 2020 !)

It was a very quiet New Year's Eve :
just the two of us (lockdown)
and almost no fireworks
(hoping for less casualties in the already overfilled hospitals)
and little to eat and drink
(because of stomach ache)

But to celebrate this fresh start
I post the last thing I stitched in 2020 :
another bird for Mandy Pattullo's workshop.

a crested tit

This is not a bird that we'll see in our garden
he belongs in more wooded areas.
But one summer holiday (some years back)
he visited the garden of the holiday house we then stayed

I first made a background
piecing random bits together, like Jude taught us,
and I only used the backside of the fabric
for more subdued colours.
(the pictures are bad because it was already rather dark when I took them)

working with little snippets
with another picture for guidance.

Planning more . . .

donderdag 24 december 2020

happy holidays !

This strange year  2020   is rapidly coming to an end.

For a very long time
the Stitch Club has given a lot of much needed distraction and fun
to textile loving people all over the world :
a new warm community has been formed during that time.

Some workshops were more fun than others :
and not everyone likes the same things, thank heaven
it would be a monotonous world  haha !

The last workshop so far
the second one by Mandy Pattullo
was one that I saw on her blog, but could never follow :
birds made of textile collages !
This was one of the few workshops that almost everybody LOVED !

I use this robin to wish you all,
wherever you are,
lovely (but most probably very QUIET) holidays
and all the best for the new year


Stay safe (and sane)
and happy stitching !!!

vrijdag 18 december 2020

new "stitch" things . . .

The year is rapidly coming to a close now.
Though normally December is a month of festivities
everything is just a bit stranger now.

(the Dutch feast mainly for children
and tongue-in-cheek verses for grown-ups)
was held but with "keeping our distance"

And also Christmas will be under the same rules,
because LOCKDOWN has hit us again
since last Tuesday !
This strange Corona / Covid year
makes everybody uncomfortable
but thank heaven we're all healthy in our little circle !

The one and only "constant"
is the Stitch Club !!!

Jennifer Collier and Richard McVetis
were the last two.

For Jennifer we made a glove out of paper.
No, one is not able to wear a glove like that :
it's just a decorative item.

I didn't use the pattern that was given,
but traced my own hand.
The paper I used came from a Owfam / Novib calendar :
such beautiful photos to choose from.
And besides that the paper it strong enough to stitch through !
The back and thumb were from a page of one of Man's
colouring books  (one he didn't like very much  ;-)  !)
On the edge came some special lacy stitch
not easy but it worked out in the end.

Some weeks ago I had found my old wedding gloves,
still pristine, because used only one day, hahaha !
I had to make an effort to put them on :
my arthritis hands are not the same size as they once were !!!

For the workshop of Richard McVetis
I had to find a photo and simplify and trace it.
Richards used architecture
but any other picture would do too.
In my photo program I couldn't find the pictures of Rotterdam
that I was looking for, but then I found a magazine
about the harbour of Rotterdam.
There was one I liked !

I waited a long time and hesitated
HOW and more so IF
I wanted to stitch on it
. . . . .

This is the finished piece :
stitched, but not too much

(but I'm still not sure whether it was the best way . . .)

maandag 30 november 2020

and the winner is . . .

I waited ten days 
(ha, appropriate I thought)
but now we have a winner for the 

10 years blogging giveaway


Congratulations Maria,

and please send me your address !

ready for the draw . . .

Sorry for the others . . .
(there will be something like this  some other day
and then you may win ! )

Have a good week everyone !