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 !

vrijdag 20 november 2020

giveaway at last

I already said
that November is slow for me
but now I'm picking up the pace again !

The last Stitch Club workshop
by Ali Ferguson
who told us (in her wonderful Scottish accent) how to make a book from scratch.
(I'm busy, but am not able to show anything : gifts in the making)

I also knitted socks as a present for a dear old friend
(and she doesn't know yet . . .)

And at last there was time to work on the


Ten years of blogging went by
but I had to postpone this celebration
because I was simply TOO busy
with my Textile Jewels for Pink Ribbon.

It all started (after reading / following lots of blogs about art and stitching)
with a leap of faith to participate in Jude Hill's online class
"Patchwork Beasts"
Someone in that wonderful stitching community convinced me
that blogging was easy-peasy . . .
(and the rest is history !)

"Stitching is done with the heart"
(+/-  7 x 24 cm)

   the start                    and                 finished        

There are hearts, one with an indigo dyed striped moon,
on a piece of break-down-printed sturdy cotton,
rainbow kantha stitched,
and a bit of my "magic thread".
You can probably understand why I had to "borrow"
Jude's black-and-white nine patch :
she is the source !

Jude !

If you want to participate in this fun play
please leave a message in the comments.
I will be drawing a "winner"
in about ten days.

Happy stitching to you all !

woensdag 11 november 2020

WOW !!!

November is SLOW

I know that by now :
all the hustle and bustle,
the soaring energy of every day's pressure
to deliver a new Textile Jewel
that is just what October means to me
. . . . .

I even promised a giveaway by now for 10 years blogging ...

I haven't that ready yet
because something more important came along

(someone desperately in  need of some good vibes)

So you still have to wait a bit longer for that !

now all the Jewels have been sent
to their new owners
I can say this October gave

a splendid result for PINK  RIBBON  !

€ 700,-

I want to thank all those lovely customers
who made this possible,
because there were MANY extra donations !
(and we topped it up to a round number)



I am very happy :
it was really worth the effort !

Clever readers might ask :
why not 31 names . . .
because some people just did their
"Christmas shopping"
right here !


zondag 1 november 2020

don't forget . . . . .

Tomorrow a lot of Pink Ribbon Jewels
will go in the mail.
They go to their new owners.
I think they will be happy :
as the "real thing"
is  always  better  than the picture !

there are still two lovely ones
that need to go to a new home too !

NO :

This one is SOLD too   ;-) 

This one is SOLD !

Two more options
to increase the amount of money
that I can transfer to  PINK  RIBBON  !

zaterdag 31 oktober 2020

day 31 . . . the end

Today is the end of this month,
the end of my PINK  RIBBON Challenge
of making a Textile Jewel every day for sale,
to collect money
that can be used for more research
into better treatment methods and aftercare
for breast cancer patients.

Too many women (and also men!)
get the diagnosis that turns their lives
(and that of their family and friends)
upside down>
So help is needed.

I hope we did help :
me, by taking the time and creativity
to make a Textile Jewel every day,
and you, my dear customers,
by buying them so eagerly !


My last  PINK RIBBON  Textile Jewel for day 31 :

a wet felted pendant, wearable on both sides, on a long textile bead
with a nuno-felted silk moon,
stitched with silk and silver thread,
and many beads,
on a wire necklace (46 cm  ,  18.1")
(7 x 5 cm)

For a donation of at least

  € 15,-  

 SOLD  !

this last day's Jewel can be yours!
You can wear it yourself,
or give it as a present to a much loved person.
You just need to
(yes,  I know you know by now)
send me an email at  
(or say so in the comments under this post)
and all will be arranged !
(Paypal is possible and easy
but mind the postage)

ALL the money goes to the Pink Ribbon Fund !

(also a blue moon on this day !)


The end of the garden

the fantastic Gingko biloba

Though this was the last day's Jewel
there are still three
which have apparently been overlooked
day  13
day  22
day  28
Please don't forget them !

(Day 17, 23 and 24 have already been snatched up
and will go to London soon !)


vrijdag 30 oktober 2020

day 30

 During this whole month
the workshops of the Stitch Club
continued as usual twice a month
(though not for me of course
because there was little time left for that)

But I liked the work of Vinny Stapley
and her "Wild layers" appealed to me
(I love plants and flowers) 
I didn't choose (green) plants, but flowers : poppies.
I have taken bits of time
to continue the first design I did on the background
of transparent layers of thin cloth and lace.
(pinning it all was okay, but then came the stitching . . . !)

What a coincidence that I finally managed to complete
Vinnie's piece and make a poppy on water soluble
for today's Jewel ! 

My PINK  RIBBON  Textile Jewel for day 30 :

a wet felted pendant, wearable on both sides,
with a water-soluble machine stitched poppy.
stitched with cotton floss and some seed beads,
a few wooden beads and a tiny bell
to remember the poppies in "Flanders Fields"
on an adjustable wax cord.
(9 x 6 cm)

For a donation of at least

€ 15,-


this poppy-jewel can be yours,
to give away to someone you love,
or keep it yourself.
You just need to send me an email at
and we'll arrange the rest there is to be done.
(Paypal is possible and easy
but mind the postage !)



So now there is only ONE DAY left for you
to purchase one of the Textile Jewels
of this year !!!

Hope to see you tomorrow 


One of the poppies on the piece for Vinnie Stapley

donderdag 29 oktober 2020

day 29

Sometimes things work out as you think they will
and sometimes they don't.
I had two shapes for a pendant
(which should co together)
but it just wasn't right.
So a slight change of plans
which results that I'm happy how it turned out now !

(taking pictures in bad daylight can be a problem
but certain colours are ALWAYS a problem for my camera :
dark blues and purple,
NEVER how they are in real life)

My PINK  RIBBON  Textile Jewel for day 29 :

a wet felted hollow pendant with golden sequins inside,
stitched with seed beads
and a tiny felted circle at the bottom
on a wire necklace of 46 cm (18.1")
(7 x 4 cm)

For a donation of at least

  € 15,-  


this special necklace can be yours
you can give it to your mother, daughter, sister
or a dear friend
(but of course it could be a present
for yourself !)
The only thing that needs to be done is
sending me an email at  
and the rest will follow !
(Paypal is possible and easy,
mind the postage)



I hope to see you tomorrow for a new Textile Jewel !

there are still some Jewels that someone clearly has missed
. . . . . . .

13,  17,  22,  23,  24,  28

! ! !

woensdag 28 oktober 2020

day 28

I was busy felting
(the last bits, because October is almost over !)
and stitching on one that was made
of the same colours as the heart :
warm reds and orange
Good colours for the cold and rainy day.
(almost too dark to take pictures)

My  PINK  RIBBON  Textile Jewel for day 28 :

a  wet felted diamond shape brooch,
stitched with cotton and rayon and
and some seed beads
(7,5 x 4,5 cm)

For a donation of at least

€ 15,-

this warm coloured brooch can be for you
Or you can give it as a present
to someone in need of a bit of fire.
you just need to send me an email at
and we'll arrange the rest !
(Paypal is possible and easy
but mind the postage)

ALL the money goes
(you KNOW where by now)


Hope to see you tomorrow
for a new Textile Jewel !

(only THREE more days to go)

dinsdag 27 oktober 2020

day 27

There was that special colour of wool ...
It fitted exactly to the colour
of my favorite "Cora Kemperman" dress.
(so, is was often : NO, don't use that bit !)
But after my special bag was made
it wasn't so bad anymore :
there is still some left !
And for the Textile Jewels
not very much wool is needed.

My  PINK  RIBBON  Textile Jewel for day 27 :

A wet felted triangle pendant, couched silk on one side,
stitched and some seed beads on the other side
and a flat glass bead at the bottom,
hanging on an adjustable wax cord.

For a donation of at least

€ 15,-


this cobalt blue pendant
can be yours,
to give a loved one as a present
or to keep for yourself.
Just sending an email at
is all you need to do for that.
(Paypal is possible and easy)

ALL the money goes to  PINK  RIBBON !


Tomorrow there will be another Textile Jewel
for  Pink Ribbon
Will I see you again then ?