zondag 16 mei 2021

a bit of nature . . . and a visitor

Though it has been too cold
(we even turned on the central heating yesterday
which we never ever did in May !)
there has been a fair amount of rain lately
so the garden

Greens all around and lots of blue too :
forget-me-nots, bluebells and the Camassia !


This morning I heard some tap-tap-tap outside
and didn't know where it came from :
no one was busy with a hammer . . .
But then I found the maker of that sound !!!


For the Stitch Club workshop by Saima Kaur
I made some fish 

(this will probably become a pencil case)

And last but not least :
we had a very special visitor last Wednesday !
Leslie Gabriëlse,
from whom we bought a magnificent tapestry more than ten years ago,
brought us the original sketches of his design !

donderdag 6 mei 2021

gold is a metal . . .

The Stitch Club workshop of these last two weeks
by Hanny Newton
was a bit of a problem for me
because I didn't have the gold passing thread
that you need for it.

But gold is a metal
and metal things I have . . .
(in my box of screws
and nails
and washers
and other things I might need again some day)

So I turned the goldwork
into metalwork !

First I stitched the washers and rings
some funny spring and some coins
onto the light blue shot cotton fabric
The embroidery hoop I started with was too small :
normally you can replace the hoop
to the next space you need to stitch
. . . . .

Luckily I had a slightly bigger hoop
that did the trick,
though in the end, when couching threads
I had to take it out of the hoop 
to do the edges and corners.

I added some safety pins to the collection
and even found some push buttons on the sidewalk
(they were waiting there to be found by me !)

dinsdag 4 mei 2021

memorial day

In a sober ceremony
these family members,
and many others
were returned home to Dordrecht.

zondag 2 mei 2021


Yesterday was a wonderful day
for daughter and me :
a LIVE workshop eco-printing
with Carla van Belle !
The weather looked fine in the morning but it was very cold,
it was more like the first day of March
than the first of May !!!
The workshop was outside in the garden
so no big problems considering Covid
but we needed our warm sweaters and coats !

Lots of preparations were made at home beforehand.
We made four different samples in the morning.
I was glad that I had some experience already
from Caroline Nixon's Stitch Club workshop !

After lunch we could work on something of our own choice.
Daughter had an old silk camisole
and I had an old white cotton blouse.

We were really lucky that our garden is facing south,
that means all plants are slightly earlier
than somewhere else.
I had collected leaves of the New Dawn rose
and many kinds of Geraniums.
Daughter had found a bunch of Eucalyptus in the flower shop.

When working with stuff like this,
it is always difficult to remember to take pictures regularly . . .
so hardly anything of the process.
(never mind . . . if you're interested : take a workshop
it is really FUN !!!)

When we had had another cup of coffee / tea with some sweets
and had seen lots of Carla's beautiful work
(when all our stuff was bundled up and steaming in the pot)

the first bundles could be opened up and admired !

Daughter was quite happy with the result !

But I took my bundle home to let it cool down over night 
and promised to show pictures later.

Washed and ironed :

and the back

Daughter's silk camisole !


THANKS, Carla for a lovely workshop !

donderdag 22 april 2021

woensdag 21 april 2021

stitched lines

These last two weeks
we had a STITCH  CLUB  workshop
by Joetta Maue
translating photos into stitch>

Hahaha :
sooooo many of the Stitch Club members
have been looking through their photo stash
for hours and hours,
catching up on lovely memories !

I have many photographs on the computer too
more than one used to have in an album.
When there were still rolls of film in a camera,
I mostly used 36 frames
because you never knew how many would be good
(and how many not !)
How different things are nowadays
with digital cameras !!!

I chose a photo with grandchildren
(digital, so easy to enlarge and print)
I printed several
and asked the "subjects" to choose

Because I didn't have any vintage "beauties"
I took a piece of an old linen blouse
that I had cut apart, to use for some textile work.

I didn't want to use only black for the stitching
but chose the colours from the photo
only in a "dustier" shade.

After MANY hours if making lines of tiny stitches
the "men" of the family are there !

The original photo and the stitched piece  (A4)

The "middle" one (here 11) trying out his mum's old racing bike.

maandag 5 april 2021

brrrrr : Easter ! (and other things)

I am really sure we never had an Easter Monday
as cold as this one :
with wind and rain and SNOW and HAIL

For our little family Easter means : looking for eggs in the garden.
(Oh yes, we had rain a few time s and then
the Easter Bunny hid the eggs somewhere inside !

Because this time we had no wrapped eggs (vegan)
I wrapped them myself :
some in alu foil (for outside)
and some in coloured tissue paper (for inside)

In our spring garden there are plenty of places where eggs can be hidden !

The first few eggs are often easily found
because a small part is showing
. . .
but after that, it gets a bit harder

And no matter how small or how big you are :
looking for Easter eggs is FUN !

(as helper of the Easter Bunny, I  always count the eggs,
because after a bit I have forgotten where I put them !)

We didn't find them all (!)
but it was so freezing that we went inside to look for the "paper" ones

Sometimes it's hard to see things
even if they're right under your nose !
(in the white felted shell )

After an hour the weather turned


Last week I mentioned "mending"
and that there were two real things
I still needed to do

The big guy was totally satisfied with my work
and glad that he could wear his trousers again !

My wonderful "knitting-daughter"
made a present for someone :

For the Stitch Club this week
I made this "wrap"

I hope the sun and warmth return next week !!!

(p.s. : still some eggs missing outside !)

zaterdag 27 maart 2021


I found some little paper bags with old used postage stamps,
unfortunately there were no more landscapes
but I might give it a go with some animal stamps
. . . . .
But there was something else
I could do this last week :
another Stitch Challenge on FB
by Textile Artists.org
(like the ones we had last year's spring)
This time by my favorite Merill Comeau.
"text in fabric"

I chose the word "mending"
something that isn't done very often
since the "throwaway society"
is more common than not.

I get a lot of little repairs from daughter and the kids
(two trousers waiting for me right now)
I love it when things are functional again
with just some fabric, thread and a little effort !

all kinds of small scraps
in not too bright colours.

and a variety of matching threads
(after basting everything down)

finished !

Here some detailed pictures
to show the details of the different ways
I stitched the letters down.

That was really FUN
. . .
and now on to doing the "real thing"
which has to be less visible !