zondag 26 augustus 2018

next market

In a week I will go to another market

Sunday September 2
12.00  - 17.00

I will take my textile jewels and accessories
(felt and textile)
small quilts
and the gouache paintings.
(all of them neatly framed)

This one will not be there
because it was a present for grandson's birthday.

But I will bring many others

I have this lovely box for my broches
and because I sold some in Zierikzee
I made some new ones

For them I used the lovely thick felt
daughter made some time ago.
The green/blue silk embroidery thread
Doris sent to me
came in good use too !

woensdag 22 augustus 2018

embroidery exhibition

Today I went to nearby Gorinchem
with a exhibition about embroidery :
the local sampler embroidery association exists 30 years.
So modern samplers (and some very old ones!)
and a choice of other embroidery works.

For me it was a combination with a short workshop
by my friend Sary Maas

Sary is an expert
in various traditional embroidery techniques
and she loves to teach them to keep the knowledge
about them alive !
The traditional costume of Marken
is one of her favorites

a corset for a Marken-bride made to scale
with all the original elements
(all made by Sary !)

(the back with seven roses)

I had hoped to learn the rose,
but in the two (!) hours we could only start
on the small bag with another flower motif
(lovely too !)

Sary used the rose-motif in her own way
on a scarf

I will try this one too some day !!!

After we had lunch
I came back for the exhibition
(and Sari gave another workshop
for a new group of embroiderers)

There was traditional work from different countries

Dutch fashion

Frank Govers   en  Jan Taminiau

My all time favorite :

Tilleke Schwarz

Karola Pezarro

Barbara Broekman

Malou Busser

A big work of some square meters
and look at the detail : all chain stitch by hand !
(sorry ... don't remember her name ...)

And some of the "Merkwaardig" association work

And some very old sampler in "queen stitch"

inspired Sary to make a "Elizabethan Sweet Bag":
a little purse to carry some sweet scent in
to mask the (probably) horrible odour
of unwashed bodies and clothes
in old times ...

Sary's work
(with needle lace eggs and little biscornu)

If you live in Holland
it's a nice visit.

zaterdag 18 augustus 2018

18 - 8 - 18

Zierikzee was great today !
Very windy
clouds but no rain !
Lots of compliments
and nice customers !
(but right now ..... we're tired)

Me ... waiting for the day to start.

We talked to lots and lots of lovely people
new ones and ones we have met before.

And I want to thank all the lovely customers
and hope they enjoy their purchases
for a loooong and happy time.

Thank you !

(and icing on the cake was the surprise visit
of our daughter with her kids !!!)

vrijdag 17 augustus 2018

ready to go to ZIERIKZEE

I'm always amazed
how much time it takes
to prepare everything for a market !

Collecting the stuff you made,
(I make pictures)
deciding what you take with you
and what you best leave at home,
finding he boxes that everything fits in,
last-minute adjustments to the newly made displays,
checking (deciding about) the prices ...

Oh my, I could write a novel about that last item !
some people really think that art
(when you're not an artist who makes a living out of it)
equals cheap !
Why is that ?
(No, sorry, I'm not going to write a post about it !)

I'm really pleased
the way the new display for the big necklaces turned out,
just simple, like I wanted.

While I was being busy with all that
Man did the shopping,
made coffee and tea,
even made dinner
so I could finish all I had to do !

And tomorrow he will accompany me
(instead of daughter, who usually goes with me
to these events)

So that's all for now,
I'll make it an early night
and tomorrow :

here we come

Hope to see some of you there !!!

donderdag 16 augustus 2018

still more

Not many more

slowed down a bit.

And preparing for the presentation
and satisfied with that
(no picture taken yet)

Tomorrow :
the last bits and packing up the car
for Saturday.

vrijdag 10 augustus 2018

some new pieces ...

The textile and art market "Verweven" in
is coming closer and closer.
Only one week left
and then everything must be ready to go !
(must be thinking how I want to present my things too)

Here some more details of new pieces

Lots of different things

(the last one has been sleeping for a looooong time,
but is now finally finished!)

zondag 5 augustus 2018

she's góód !

Today daughter and kids
(this Sunday was the last of the four days
of performances, costumes, music, eating and FUN)

She has been working these last few weeks to make
fun outfits ...
You've seen it growing.
But when you go there you need to bring "stuff"
and you don't want to "spoil" your costume !

So together with the fierce Dragon rider Hiccup,
there was Toothless, his dragon :

trolley "Toothless"

Is she good or is she good !
(or am I prejudiced ...)


Yesterday we had our very special
Alpaca knitting club LUNCH !
This time we went to 

(if you live near Rotterdam I can gladly recommend
that you go there someday !!!
They have a lovely restaurant with good food, a shop,
you can pick flowers, strawberries or apples
depending what time of the year it is, of course )

Outside, in the shade of a screen
(it still promised to be another HOT day)

Some things finished, some things still in progress ...

And later :

a delicious lunch !


Last week my sweet "Queen of the night" bloomed again.
(Epiphyllum oxypetalum)

(number 8 and 9 !)


Slowly (my back is getting a bit better)
there comes a new necklace

Black, white, GRAY

I'm trying my luck with black beans too ...