23 Apr 2017

Greenhouse news

There will be good "effects" in summer and autumn - I hope.


Border creating - my great-great-grandmother would have done that
But she couldn't load it into internet - Not anyone from USA, Japan, Australia
Canada, Germany, France or Spain had the chance to see it
It was kept in cupboards and drawers - and songbooks for the church
...and kept long enough so that some even came down to me together
with crocheting genes.
I am crocheting with perlé 8.



I made a walk alongside the camping ground of our village in France



on this river


 and turning more to the left ---
the bridge


I like the view through the bridge


Cows have a good life 



We have our house in the plane  - at the horizon is the range 
of the Vosges - altitude ca. 1200 m.



20 Apr 2017

Old blooming apple tree against the cloud-loaden sky



Imagine the blossoms slightly pink and you can understand my delight.


In another garden - in Switzerland - a greenhouse is being constructed
Bravo son!


Embroidery school is over but I am still "sitting in the class room"
making borders - I used a stitch from queeniepatch - the Q-stitch
the one in blue. - here is the link: http://queeniepatch.blogspot.fr/search/label/Q%20Stitch
And below in white with red beads - a stitch from Paperjennifer - she has an Instagram tutorial
It is a buttonhole and at the same time scallopping stitch.



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I dyed with dandelions. I followed Jude Hill from her blog spiritcloth.
If you want to know more about it here is the link:




A very nice soft yellow


I went into the frontgarden and picked a potful of dandelion flowers.


And then I did what I read on spiritcloth - I cooked the flowers with water  
and put my fabric scrap and a little white thread into it. Jude put some allum
too. I have no experience with this and might try it some day - to see
if there is a difference.


Two days in a jar and out came this little yellow delight -




16 Apr 2017

Happy Easter

Some colourful though plastic eggs on an azalee in front of the house
to wish everybody happy Easter! 

Below:
I pulled out eggs from long ago - I might even have posted them
some years ago. They are empty and painted by daughter Dunja
and by me


Left-overs of cotton yarn - what to do with it? Using some of it up 
I knitted a wash cloth - I was interested in this pattern from DROPS DESIGN 
where one starts with 3 stitches making holes in rows (I love hole-making)


I love to make pouches - I love to have pouches!
So I think that grand-daughter MIla also likes to have them
I certainly made already quite a numbler for her - 
this one is for her 12th birthday


And what do you think who chose the fabric?
Yes, DH. Of course - and it might be ok for a teenager - 
who does Yung Oom Doe and all sorts of sports -
she is no "pink girl" - so she said once.


Easter blooms are looking friendly - today on Easter Sunday it is rather cool.



2 Apr 2017

Snail trail and a pouch

A friend of mine came along to the patchwork meeting
with snails on tulips. We were delighted and back at home
 everybody started to copy them - so was I.
I started to crochet snails - they are coming from  
http://natasnest.blogspot.de/2013/10/little-snails-free-pattern.html


Have a look at her blog - there are many wonderful little things.

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I made a simple pouch out of scraps - machine quilted.
Of course, woman always needs a new pouch - 
Inspiration came from Pinterest.



A quick supper when the pouch was finished
We call it Flammkuchen - a thin dough with lard, cream and onions.


The little horse is a souvenir from China. I love its colours.
Interesting for me that the pouch colours are very similar
although the little patch piece came from my scrap box in another house

31 Mar 2017

Spring

Three days it was like that


and now look at the carpet



In Karen Ruane's class I made this - a sample on English broderie
part of my daughters baptism dress - Long ago those times, 50 years 


A piece of machine embroidered lace
BEFORE:


and AFTER - I didn't like the coloured buttonhole stitches


so I changed it completely - two fillings by hand

And for the next cold season - hopefully very, very far away
I am knitting a vest/waistcoat


It is so thick - that I don't touch it these days - I have to join the seams - that's all.
For the moment I lost interest because weather is so lovely.

18 Mar 2017

I followed .....

Mary Corbets tutorial to make this
Lacy buttonhole wheel eyelet
If you are interested here is the link:


I added it on the crazy quilt which has been on the wall
already quite some time


I like lace - and this one is made by machine - idea of
Karen Ruane in her Embroidery School


Below:
Sample-making - look at the toggles - one is made of lace
then the "bridge" with the letter S in cross stitch from an earlier
project - everything can find a place in such samples


I will still add something here and there -

Strips of paper embellished by machine with lace and stitches by hand

3 Mar 2017

Update of everything

Spring flowers from a friend - we had an eight-friends afternoon party
with coffee, tea, cake, sparkling wine and baked toasts 


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Sample of the Embroidery School - with buttonholed loops and wrapped
threads, bullion knots and the never missing French knots



and this - embellished lace, gimp with bulllion knots, a square of 16 small
octagons, bumpy things and Suffolk puffs. Moreover a gimp snake.
The cross stich letters are from a previous project. 


And then in Frande ....
Much rain in two days and the meadows became lakes




A visitor in the "garden" - I want to be friends with her
but she is shy


and a pouch for battery chargers for our travels
from house to house.


No more uglgy plastic bags 

A wonder how I could find fabrics being far from my stashes - 
and not bad ones at all. I like it and DH will be happy using it.

21 Feb 2017

Working small


Paperball wraped with gimp -
In fact like a five legged embroidered three-dimensional spider 
I ordered gimp here: http://www.stef-francis.co.uk/ - 
it is a viscose wrapped thick cotton cord



The first one was not a great success - I did it twice
The second has a nice knot in the middle and is bedded in a silk cup 


calls it a little cabbage 




We learned how to stitch on silkpaper -
I embellished with French knots and added a piece of vintage lace


What I will do with those creations? I don't know - they willl probably be
in a kind of stitch diary - a book for reference - to look at and to enjoy.

19 Feb 2017

Pincushion

Finally enough place for needles
made of all sorts of scraps

  
When I started to try pulled threads i used an even weave fabric
which was no good, for the threads couldn't be pulled apart.
so I tossed it into the scrap box. From there I took it out two years later
to make something useful of it.


A pincushion embellished with vintage lace, bullion knots and flowery scraps.
      Christiane's quilt 2014

The pincushion