dinsdag 31 december 2019

a new year

is just around the corner.
When I look back it has gone by quickly
but there were a lot of wonderful days in it.
And lots of new work.
I'm hoping to keep that up
in the year to come !

What remains on this late afternoon
is wishing you all out there :

a very happy
and most of all creative


Love to all my friends,

zaterdag 21 december 2019

mudskipper ...

finally got my "samplodicus" for Pam's class finished !

I thought of a critter
that would be "real" and "not-real"
and came up with the mudskipper ...

(Saw a Star Trek episode years ago
where Captain Janeway turned into a giant one,
but it wasn't the best of episodes, haha !)

Two days ago I showed all the parts
that needed to be prepared first
BEFORE  I even could think of starting the real work.

After that
all I can say that it went rather quick then.
(just some consideration what to do first ...)

Meet the samplodicus Mudskipper
several techniques (8) in one critter.

Here he is belly up ...
(and stuffed with paper towels)

The VERY fine white merino (16 mic) I used
for the biggest part of the body
gave me, like it did before, some trouble
Because the plastic template I use is also white
I can hardly see it the layers of wool
are thick enough ...

Result : a nearly hole ... 

I made a tiny piece of the flimsiest prefelt ever
and stitched it with linen thread
on the inside of the body !

Not so big after all !

Mudskipper with templates used

donderdag 19 december 2019

19 - 12 - 19

and this year is almost done.

Very slow starting with felting again.
Wrapping stones greatly
intrigued me.
So after my first attempt with the necklace
another stone followed.

(love this, so probably not the last either)

Now I'm busy preparing all the separate parts first
for my final task of the online class.

Most of the parts that I need for my "samplodicus"

(HA, don't know if it will all work out the way I think it will ...)

maandag 9 december 2019

online felting class ...

December !

(and finally started
with some things of Pam de Groot's felting class,
that started in October when I was VERY busy
with something else ...)

a first one
(a lot to think about for the next one)

Making the closure
like I learned with Judit Pócs

(inspiration Anikó Boros)

Winter in the garden means
full bird feeders

and sometimes 

strange guests 

dinsdag 19 november 2019

19 - 11 - 19

Q u i e t

Very quiet indeed :
(about a new project)
but somehow I don't know where to start

So just a few things I saw on the Textiel Plus Festival

Miep van Riessen

Nienke Smit                     Linda Lammerts

Alina Allen

Barry Passchier

Anne van de Pas 
(audience prize)

donderdag 14 november 2019

Textiel Plus Festival

Just for the readers in the Netherlands ...

Yesterday I brought my felt work
for the exhibition,
but today I had an extra day in Den Bosch

We had a felting demonstration,
and looked around at the festival
at the various stalls with materials ...

I met old and new friends
and saw some awesome textile artwork
in the exhibition !

I had seen pictures of all the work
pictures of textile art work
do justice to the real thing !!!

(ahhhhh ... looked a lot ...
but forgot to take pictures of the ones I liked best)

If you live in Holland :

go visit the festival !!!

(I'll be there again on Saturday)

My felted work :

"birth of colours"

"The Moon Swan looked at the earth that was dull and gray.
She spread her wings and hovered through the starry night to the earth.
There she laid an egg, cold as ice.
She cherished the egg every night,
and every morning, the sun kissed it.
Until ...
one morning ...
the colours were born !"


donderdag 7 november 2019

the end result ... !

After the very busy
PINK RIBBON October month

it gets always quiet
a bit like a collapsed souffle
but a task well done too.

(that last purple one went to the US
and the little leaf landed on my own winter coat
the very last will go to Germany)

And the best part of it all is the end result

€ 575

no ...

€ 600
(because of an extra donation !)

I'm very pleased I can send the money
so there can be more research
for new medication
and aftercare
for breast cancer patients

I did my part,
making a Textile Jewel every day
you out there
did the rest by donating
so generously

So  THANK  YOU  so much :

Dorie, Dee, Karen
Titia, Rina, Silke, Morag
Dawn, Simone, Jolan, Sue 
Baukje, Twink
Elke, Joke, Madelon
Leonie, Lee, Caroline

You might count the names and not come to 31 jewels
but there were even 7 extra jewels made ...
some people just couldn't stop buying !


zondag 3 november 2019

two left ?

I think it must be a mistake :
two of the PINK RIBBON Textile Jewels are left ...

That's probably because
one thinks that all the older ones
were already gone ...

Please look at them one more time ...
another change to get one of the Jewels
for a donation for





These two
deserve to be on someone's coat or dress too

Tomorrow some of the last of the envelopes will be in the mail.
I hope all the others ones have arrived safely
at their destination
(or are still on their way)

And soon I will be able to tell
how much money I can send to PINK  RIBBON !

donderdag 31 oktober 2019

last PINK RIBBON day : day 31

The sun is shining
and the sky is really blue
there is a very cold wind :

(rather cold taking pictures
if you go out on your socks ...)

What better way to end this PINK RIBBON Challenge
with a    PINK   Textile Jewel ?

The Jewel for day 31 :

A wet felted hollow brooch with some gold inside
stitched with cotton (bullion knots), rayon and shiny sewing thread
 and lots of sequins and beads
( 5 cm, 2" )

A splash of pink, sweet and bold.

For a donation of at least

  € 10  

the last one :

this last jewel can be yours.
Something to wear yourself,
or something to give away to someone dear.
You just need to send me an email at
and we'll arrange the next steps
(Pay Pal is easy !)

And for one last time :
ALL the money is for PINK RIBBON !


there are still two Jewels that seem forgotten :
day 5  and  day 10 !
Please check them out ...

THANK  YOU  so much
for staying with me all month.
I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did
(and hope you got what you wanted ...)

(it will take a few days till I sorted out all of it
and I can tell you how much I will donate to Pink Ribbon !)

woensdag 30 oktober 2019

day 30

Stitching on several pieces
(yes, commission is coming on fine)

The one for today wasn't easy
(that's why I don't want to knit
anything in black anymore !)

The PINK RIBBON Textile Jewel
for day 30 :

a wet felted hollow brooch with sequins inside
and many sequins and beads on the outside
stitched with metallic thread
(5.5 cm)

A very posh jewel ! 

For a donation of at least

  € 10  


this jewel can be yours,
what a lovely present it would make !!!
You just have to send me an email at
and all can be arranged
(Pay Pal is simple !)

ALL the money will go to the PINK RIBBON Fund !


Tomorrow will be your last chance !!!
The last PINK RIBBON Textile Jewel !!!
Hope to see you then.

dinsdag 29 oktober 2019

day 29

The last bits
(on commission)
are felted and drying right now.

The day started with a bright blue sky !
A crisp autumn day !

The PINK RIBBON Textile Jewel
for day 29 :

a wet felted hollow brooch with a flower inside,
sequins and beads
and stitched with shiny rayon thread
(only 4.5 cm)

For a donation of at least

€ 10


this lovely brooch
can be yours.
Will you keep it
or give it to someone you love ?
All you need to do is send me an email at
and the rest will be arranged
(Pay Pal is possible and simple)

And you surely know by now
that ALL the money goes to PINK RIBBON !


After this one
only TWO more Pink Ribbon Textile Jewels to go !!!
Hope to see you tomorrow !

maandag 28 oktober 2019

day 28

I've been felting today
(the last pair and some more on commission)

But this lovely one has been ready for some time ...
now it's really time to go,
LOVE this odd shape


The PINK RIBBON Textile Jewel
for day 28 :

a wet felted (hollow) egg-shape brooch,
stitched with silk, rayon and cotton
(French knots and bullion knots)
and some seed beads.
(7  x 5 cm)

For a donation of at least

  € 10  


this fun shape brooch can be yours
an eye catcher on your garment.
Just send me an email to tell me you want it, at
and we'll arrange everything
(Pay Pal is possible !)

ALL the money goes to PINK RIBBON !


Hope to see you tomorrow :
only THREE more PINK RIBBON Textile Jewels to go !!!

zondag 27 oktober 2019

day 27

(allowed to sleep a little longer
because the clock went back an hour)

Busy stitching commission things
but also a lovely light blue wet felted piece.
The colour gave me the idea for the stitching !

The PINK RIBBON Textile Jewel
for day 27 :

A wet felted hollow brooch
with many beads and some sequins,
stitched with rayon and cotton
(5 cm, 2")  

This is the colour of my garden in spring
when the forget-me-not's are in bloom.

For a donation of at least

€ 10


this flower brooch can be yours
to keep and remember someone
or to give away as a present
You just need to send me an email that you want it at
and everything will be arranged.
(I send it in an envelope in the mail
and Pay Pal is possible)

ALL the money goes to PINK RIBBON !

 (a little hand to hold it)


(and there is one tiny pink beads somewhere !)

Hope to see you
for another PINK RIBBON Textile Jewel