zaterdag 27 juni 2020

a kiss ?

There was (another) workshop in the STITCH CLUB
After observing and stitching the eye in April,
it was the turn of the mouth now.

- Taking pictures
- making sketches on paper
- sketches on fabric
- observing
- stitching.

Again it was asked to use a minimal
colour range.
Black, two grays and white,
two medium colours instead of the grays.

I opted for very dark red (no black)
raspberry, a dirty pink and a lighter one
and a very pale pink/beige (no white)

When I was taking the pictures I was tempted to picture 
this widespread bad habit of needlewomen
to put pins in their mouth
(for later, for safekeeping ???) 

Making sketches on fabric isn't easy ...
so I taped both paper and fabric to the window
and traced the sketches.

Sewing thread is used for the stitching
or just one strand of embroidery floss.
(I like floss best)

Mission completed

It was really FUN !

Remember that Hippeastrum
in the garden ?

six flowers on one stalk !!!

And it will take only a week or so
and the Allium sphaerocephalon
will be purple all over

zondag 21 juni 2020


with lots of love for this sweet flower
I finished the stitches on it.

Blending the background colours together
and most of all the spiky leaves
were so much fun to stitch.


The use of blue and turquoise around the flower
worked out really well
(just the pizazz it needed !)

Nigella's seed pod

(hmmmm Emily Tull's workshop is waiting)


And in the garden there is a flower that I waited for this winter, inside,
that didn't come :
it seems being outside was just what it wanted,
you can't blame it.

zaterdag 20 juni 2020

love-in-a-mist (on summer solstice)

What a pretty name that is for
Nigella damascena

(Juffertje in 't groen)

A new Merill Comeau workshop piece :
can't get enough of patching a background
and looking for another favorite flower !



More stitching will follow
because a new (Emily Tull) workshop
is already waiting.

Happy Solstice

dinsdag 16 juni 2020

100.000 trees

A few months ago
I discovered the art project of

100.000 trees and a threaded forest

She planned to stitch a forest of thread and fabric :
100 m2 embroidered forest
which will hang in a spiral shape on 6 x 6 m
and with a height of 4 m.

One will be able to walk into it
and admire nature.

In addition there was to be a crowdfunding
to raise money for 100.000 real trees
that will be planted in due time :
1000 in The Netherlands
and 99.000 in the tropics
(by "TreeSisters")

During this year of making there would be four different places
where people could join in with the embroidering

then the covid-19 crisis hit our country too
and all of it came to a halt ......

As an alternative for the delay to embroider the forest
hundreds embroidery kits (with leaves) were shipped.
Unfortunately I just missed going to the first embroidery "studio"
in the library in The Hague ánd I missed the embroidery kits ...
until I saw in the FB group of the project
that someone needed someone else to finish her kit !

The instructions, cheesecloth, pattern, hoop, needle and floss.
I continued on the first beginnings right away

A whole DMC thread on black cheesecloth, front and back

All ten leaves finished, front and back 

The leaves cut out with 0.5 cm around 
(though I didn't have the happiest of colours
I was glad to participate !)

Today they went into the mail to Sara !!!

dinsdag 9 juni 2020

a lot of stitches

Today the third workshop
of the STITCH CLUB was launched

("today" is now tomorrow)

She is an embroiderer
and makes amazing portraits in stitch
For this workshop however
the uses strips of plastic bag as embroidery thread ...
I'm not sure about that.
I may and I may nót try that !

But that is a choice for later :
I'm still working on workshop number 2 !!!

Merill presented us with a "floral collage"
We had to find a plant (flower)
that has a meaning for us or for the current time.
There was also talk of symbolic meaning of plants.

Working on a background of "net"(tulle)
was new to me
(making textile collages, not)

This is my piece so far.

Merill's plan was +/-  20 x 20 cm
but I wanted to make it a bit bigger :
30 x 60 cm !

Before I started I took some pictures nearby

I chose a nettle, ox-eye daisies and a poppy

It all started with ironing my stack of scraps
and making the background

(and of course glue-stitching it all !)

Then came the plants / flowers

Ahhhhhh those zillion pins !

I rolled up the bottom part and started stitching the nettle.

left pins, right the first stitches done

Doing the French knots for the nettle flowers,

and blending the different coloured scraps with stitch.

More to follow

vrijdag 5 juni 2020

colour me a rainbow

After the treasure container (of Debbie Lyddon's workshop)
for my little ladybug was finished,
I had another idea :
when you love rainbows why not paint bits of fabric
to make vessels
and make a rainbow of vessels !

Sketching and thinking came first

and then the rainbow on the "washing line"

Making the vessels and making the peepholes

 Hmmm ... stitching can be a dangerous business !

The stack is done except the top edge ...

I didn't have a fixed idea of how to keep the vessels together
but I incorporated a tiny wire loop
while stitching the top edge

and on the bottom (shallow) one I made two loops.

There was this tiny glass bird
that I bought about two years ago from a fellow artist
on an art market
that I thought of as the next "treasure to hide"
But I didn't want to put this bird
in the cage of the top vessel :
no place for a bird !
But ... what is at the end of the rainbow ???
Of course GOLD !

The rainbow of vessels spread out on the floor
(only some sequins and seed beads ...)

A rainbow of vessels