Monday, November 20, 2017

Australia sampler

Years ago my mother started this Australia sampler for my father. She got a poor eyesight over the years, so now I’m going to finish it for my parents. I share a weekly update to keep me going. 

Great progress this week. I started working on the Mimi spirit at the right.
After a few days it looked like this. I already added some backstitches at the bottom.
And yesterday evening it was almost finished. It only needs some white cross stitches and a black backstitch outline.
This is how the Australia sampler looks now. I hope to finish the Mimi spirit soon, so I can start to work on the next item.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Randje per week: my own additions

After finishing the last borders for Randje per week 2015 I had one more page to stitch. I finished it before I started on the Australia sampler, but I still have to share it here. These are 2 borders from a Dutch magazine called Libelle Kruissteekjes 3/92.
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Monday, November 13, 2017

Australia sampler

Years ago my mother started this Australia sampler for my father. She got a poor eyesight over the years, so now I’m going to finish it for my parents. I share a weekly update to keep me going.

Good progress this week. First I finished the cross stitches on the fish.
Such a difference with the backstitches added!
Then I stitched the flowers below the fish. Not much different colours and large parts in the same colour, so it didn’t take much time to finish it.
Again a huge difference when I added the backstitches.
And this is how the Australia sampler looks now. The next part is bigger and will take much more time.
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Monday, November 6, 2017

Australia sampler

My mother asked me if I could finish her Australia sampler. She was stitching this for my father, but she got a poor eyesight over the years. Of course I want to do that for the both of them!
I started working on the fish at the right. This is how far she got with it.
And now it’s almost finished. Luckily there’s no difference between our stitches.
This is the original pattern from the Dutch magazine Margriet.
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Work In Slow Progress: Fancy Cats

In January I introduced this quilt for the second time. Now I can finally share it with the first border, which is only 1 cm. Last week I cut the strips for the second border. It's a very slow progress!
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Monday, October 30, 2017

Alphabet sampler

My alphabet sampler is finished. I think some day it will be part of a fabric book with more samplers.
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Monday, October 23, 2017

CatchPhrase V - Z

CatchPhrase is a journaling challenge at Daisy Yellow. Tammy gave us 26 prompts to work in our own pace. Read all about this challenge at Daisy Yellow.

I finished CatchPhrase in the beginning of the month, but there was no time to take photos of the finished journal and blog about them. So here are the last pages and the finished book.
CatchPhrase V: concentric
CatchPhrase W: stripes
CatchPhrase X: Lemon/Lime
CatchPhrase Y: postcard
I found this postcard a few months ago in an old book at my parents’ house.
It was sent to me in 1967!
CatchPhrase Z: stretched
Buiten spelen is Dutch for play outside.
On the last page I added an index with the prompts.
I’m happy with my first handbound book filled with pretty spreads!
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Alphabet sampler

It’s been a long time since I wrote a blogpost, life is throwing me some curveballs. Luckily I remembered this unfinished alphabet sampler. It was just what I needed: mindless stitching and not thinking what to stitch next.
And here’s how it looks now, it’s almost finished.
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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Randje 96 & 99

I finished the last borders for Randje per week 2015. Of course there were more borders to stitch, but I didn’t like them all. Now I have one page left for the borders I found in books/magazines and the ones I drew myself.
randje 96 & 99
Page 11
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Randje 99

I’m almost finished with the last border for Randje per week 2015! More info about this SAL at Randje per week.
Randje 99
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Zigzag coral stitch

TAST stitch 95 is zigzag coral stitch. TAST stands for Take A Stitch Tuesday, an embroidery challenge at Pin Tangle. Another great stitch to add to my pretty fabric sampler. I used perle 5 for the zigzag coral stitch and DMC precious metal effects for the French knots.
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Monday, September 18, 2017

CatchPhrase T & U

CatchPhrase is the new challenge at Daisy Yellow, perfect to keep the journaling-flow going after ICAD! Tammy gave us 26 prompts to work in your own pace. I planned to do a prompt every other day, so I have time to do some stitching on the other days. Read all about this challenge at Daisy Yellow.

It was a busy week, so I only had time for 2 promts. Prompt T is  space age. I made this collage on the day Cassini ended his mission.
Prompt U is synonyms. I used Dutch synonyms for see/look to practise my hand lettering.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Embroidery on leaves

Last week I experimented with embroidery on fresh leaves. After the first photo I put them ‘back’ on their original place. I used 2 threads of stranded floss for my stitches.
Chevron stitch on an Eucalyptus leaf.
Whipped wheels on the leaves of our Helleborus.
Straight stitch, running stitch and pistil stitch on a Mahonia Media leaf.

My leaves after 5 days. It was a fun experiment, maybe I try it on dried leaves next time.
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Monday, September 11, 2017

CatchPhrase R & S

CatchPhrase is the new challenge at Daisy Yellow, perfect to keep the journaling-flow going after ICAD! Tammy gave us 26 prompts to work in your own pace. I planned to do a prompt every other day, so I have time to do some stitching on the other days. Read all about this challenge at Daisy Yellow.

Prompt R is layers. I used a piece of handmade paper, 3 cards, a playing card, postage stamps and an ATC background. I received them in swaps over the years. There’s a video of this spread here.
the first layer
the second layer
the third layer
the fourth layer
the last layer
Prompt S is library/book. The quote is Dutch for: People are like books. The outside is usually different from the story inside.
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Randje 80 & 89

I’m still working on my borders for Randje per week 2015. More info about this SAL at Randje per week.
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

CatchPhrase N-Q

CatchPhrase is the new challenge at Daisy Yellow, perfect to keep the journaling-flow going after ICAD! Tammy gave us 26 prompts to work in your own pace. I planned to do a prompt every other day, so I have time to do some stitching on the other days. Read all about this challenge at Daisy Yellow.

I made a collage for prompt N: arrow.
Prompt O is postage, a great excuse to use some of the stamps I got from my DH.
Prompt P is mix tape. I made a collage with magazine clippings, stickers and music tape.
Prompt Q is tropical. I made another collage and used my hand carved fish stamp again.
 And a detail of prompt Q. I like making these faces!
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

It’s a Teesha Rainbow – patches from Naomi and Sher

I’m participating in a series of swaps for Teesha Moore inspired patches with a rainbow colour. These are the pretty patches I received for the yellow, green and blue swap.
Patches made by Naomi and Sher
These yellow patches are made by Naomi, our swap host. I like the ‘redwork’ rose and machine made crazy patch.
Yellow patches made by Naomi.
The green and blue patches are made by Sher, who told me she’s a very beginner embroidery.
Green patches made by Sher.
Sher made a few neat French knots and woven wheels on the blue patches.
Blue patches made by Sher.
My blue patches are still travelling to Paula in the USA. I hope they arrive soon, so I can share them.

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