19 Feb 2017


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

15 Feb 2017

The tower hexagons

In the shop they call the shqpe "POTC hexagons" - which means
Pachwork Of The Crosses -  but why?

I am counting - like Queenie - 38 pieces - how many I will make

I don't know yet. - I will make a table set. Nothing more.

And the class Embroidery School goes on. This is called cutwork -
the light blue part is cut out and replaced with the blue silk piece. 
Then embellished with all kinds of stitches:
laced buttonhole, French knots, bullion stitches, chain stitches - 
it will be a sample

12 Feb 2017

When I am not in our basis camp....

....then I am working such things in the evening
English paper piecing method, the slow way -
some people would glue it but I am sewing the fabric bits
onto thin cardboard with a few stitches.
The fabrics I chose are all about red.

----And what it means not to be in the basis camp...
my working place with internet is here.......
you are right: At MacDo's - where the coffee is not bad at all
and internet super fast.

I liked this tulip - a very close shot - though not
sharp at all - the iPhone can't do it better.  I wanted only
the tulip and nothing around it so I had to come very near it.
But it is the colour which delights me.
It is from DDL.

5 Feb 2017

After a long time ....

... posting again. 

I am taking a class with Karen Ruane "Embroidery School". Here is the link to her

We are stitching by hand but also by machine - FME - free machine embroidery.
I always liked to make holes and then surround them by buttonhole stitches.

French knots never fail to be applied - they are so decorative.

We can also play with paper strips - also fixed by FME
and overlayed with homemade lace

Fabric is a great theme, too. Hand sewn seams.
Embellishment with bullion knots and beads. 
Appliqued octagons - the English paper piecing comes in handy.

I surrounded them with rope stitch. If you would like to know how to
make rope stitch - here is the link to SharonB's stitch dictionary:

It is 1" in diameter

More embellishment - a fabric buttonhole and as a gag a little
square piece of lace on the point - from a secondhand shop in France.

A hexagon filled with silk with some beads and next to it
a little pocket - it is open on top

I embellished it later with bulllion and French knots.
You can find all those stitches in SharonB's stitch dictionary.

These silvery beads are called "smooth purl" - they come as a long string
and you cut them as short or long as you wish. Normally used for gold work.
I ordered them at 
(absolutely no affiliation).

This time it is the chain stitch which is framing the hexagon. 
I use fil à broder no. 16

A buttonholed loop which of course is never intended to 
be pulled over the square pearl-of-mother button

The embroidery school will still be running for 8 weeks - so there is
more to come.

23 Jan 2017

The end

I never showed you the sorrowfully looking prince
with his horse peacefully grassing

and look how the salad is blooming behind the castle

The little story booklet grew rather thick - it is lying on a 
vintage handkerchief of one of the two daughters of
my great-grandmother

to remind how everything began... with the sorceress.

Nearly the happy end of the story

They are dreaming of their future home - 
By the way it is the castle where my great-grandmother grew up - 
I am so hapy to be able to include it in my Stitching-a-Story-Book
I drew just the outlines.

I stitched the front of this old building
standing here in a birchwood with fantasy flowers
on grasland - made of silkpaper

Detail of the round frame of silk

Well, the horse legs are placed a bit awkward - could have been better
I saw it too late.

In the castle garden rapunzel salad started to grow

The happy dreaming couple with their two children

5 Jan 2017

Crocheting while waiting

I made one flower while waiting for my date with the orthopedist's
The second from the right is made of gold-metallic thread - a really
old one found in my mother's stashes of fantastic materials - she was
still crocheting in her 90ties

To demonstrate the size of the flower in two threads of perlé

The flowers are from the book below 
It is a wonderful book and even better is that I know the author - she is a very talented
and wonderful woman - living in a neighbouring little town called Weingarten and helping 
there in my favorite woolshop 

While I was waiting for DH to fetch me with the car 
I was looking around and shooting with my iPhone
It is Karlsruhe - our shopping and coffee-drinking town

31 Dec 2016


A little embellishment - I will attach more now - I see that
it is nice in winter

 Flower crochet makes the magnolia bloom

Sage in frost


Sprirea in our garden.

30 Dec 2016

It is called SEDUM - I know it again

Thank you Catherine  at http://www.knottedcotton.com/
for writing me the proper name: SEDUM

It is that one. I grow it with Lavender and Salvia and Rosemary - How I love it.
And it looked like this yesterday December 29th:

29 Dec 2016

White caps in the morning

No snow - but white on top - hoar-frost in our garden
It was in the morning at about ten o'clock
Foolish but I can't remember the name of this plant.
It is like a semper vivum but much larger - light-green stems
with thick leaves and the small flowers are pink and attract bees
in swarms in August.
Maybe someone of my readers.........

A last rose in the frost

And because there is nothing new - due to Christmas time -
I am posting something old - an embroidery from a postcard
painting by Friedensreich Hundertwasser

My postcard looked something like this:
I can't find it anymore - I am sure when I am searching something else
I will come upon it.

The detail is showing the stitches better

It is mounted in an everlasting calender.