30 December 2007

Thank you and a happy new year!

First I like to thank you all for visiting my blog and the comments you left.
I appreciate it very much that people like to know what I am doing and that I get feedback :)
It gives me the feeling of working in a group what I used to do when we were living in the Netherlands.

I wish you much love, friendship, a good health and inspiration to make lovely textile art in the New Year.

29 December 2007

centre picture Leslie's block RR

On Leslie's RR block is a lovely centre picture. I asked Leslie if she would like it that I did it in redwork ( but not red). She said she would like that, so I did it.
I have used one strand of silk floss and have used stemstitch, outline stitch, backstitch and french knots.
I am very pleased how it looks now and I hope Leslie does also.
You can click on the photo to see it full screen :)
Now I am ready with this block and it goes in the mail next week to the next person in the RR.

27 December 2007

Encrusted RR, Leslie's block

This seam treatment was meant to make the braid less heavy. It is the upper left corner of the block from a encrusted RR ,I am in. The block belongs to Leslie.
Leslie added the braid when she pieced the block.
This seam is on the top of the block. It is feather stitch, done with brown, buds/ berries done with the oyster stitch and leaves with silk ribbon. The little bird is m.o.p.

Seam 1 and 2 I made before Christmas and today I made seam 3 with the bell-flowers. sre.
The stem is made from chain stitch and stem-stitch.
I sewed silver glass seed beads on it. I thought this are dew drops in the morning........
I think when you click on the photo to enlarge you can see them.
It was a joy for me to work on this block, I like those colors: dusty pink, ivory and moss green, very much.
Maybe I will do a bit more on this block later........

26 December 2007

Healing heart.

I made this heart today for one of my internet-group friends who recently has lost a loved family member. In one of the groups I am in ( a very little group) we make such hearts.
It goes in the mail tomorrow.

The last TAST stitch.

The last stitch from the "tast "year was the Spanish feather stitch.
For me it was a tricky stitch.
The first row above turned out totally wrong.
I didn't remove it, it is just a new discovery :)
The peach colored one below is the right one. Once I discovered the right way to do it , it was not difficult at all.
I did say it before but I like to say "Thank you ! "agian to Sharon B. for all the time she has put into this the past year. I have learned many new stitches and will use at least a few dozen of them in the future on my CQ work.

22 December 2007

Have a nice Christmas.

I made this wall-quilt for the family of my eldest daughter. I started years ago and at least it is finished now as a present under the tree. The size is 117x95 cm. , 47x38 inch.
It is hand and machine sewn and hand and machine quilted.
You can click on the photo to see it large.

20 December 2007

more nice mail :)

Look what I found in my mailbox today!
A beautiful needle-book from my swap-sister Lynn from Minnesota, USA.
We have been swap-sisters this year, we have sent 3 baggies with nice things to each other and one home made needle-book.
Lynn added also goodies to this one she sent to me.
The needle-book is very nice made with beads hanging along the seams.
Thank you so much Lynn, I will use it and enjoy it every day!

TAST week 51

This week's stitch is the Chained Bar stitch.
Instead of long stitches with thick thread to form the bar I have used a small piece of ribbon.
The thread I have used for the chain stitch is Sassa Lynne perle fine.

17 December 2007

surprising mail

Last week I have received unexpected Christmas cards. It was a nice surprise to get an 'angel'card from Helinä ( Finland) a 'star'card with gold ribbons from Corina ( the Netherlands) and "golden stars"from Waltraud ( Germany).
Thank you all very much!

16 December 2007

RR block

Hi, I almost forgot to show you the work I did on a RR block. It is called an 'Encrusted RR'.
That means lots of stitching, beads and other embellishments.
I was the first one to work on it.
A naked block is always a bit scary, I think. The colors and style you choose can be determined for the others in the round.
I liked the ciggy in the centre, it is very delicate and I have tried to keep the stitching and embellishment fine too.
Maire, the owner of the block didn't want more blue.
I have added a piece of lace on the blue fabric, so that I could add some blue flowers and use some light blue thread, which is Edmar lola.
I did about 25 % of the block, there are three workers after me.
It was a bit difficult to get a good photo, there are many silk fabrics in this block.
If you like to see it large, just click on the photo.

13 December 2007

TAST week 50

This week's stitch is the Berry stitch.

I didn't know what to do with that until I visited Elizabet's blog

Quieter Moments. The second photo is the idea from her.

You can see it large by clicking on the photo.

I made this berries with DMC perle 5 on my TAST sampler.

It is an easy stitch and it gives a nice relief. You can find it on Sharon's blog.

11 December 2007

Paper cutting

Yesterday evening I have cut this old Norwegian pattern which I found in a magazine
"Norsk Husflid". It is made from two A4 sheets of copy paper and sewn together in the centre.
Of course I am not a professional as Margreet is, but it came out very nice.
It is 28 cm. high and it took me one hour to cut it.

09 December 2007

Seasons to seasons swap."Winter".

I am in a seasons swap at the CQfor Newbies group.
We are supposed to make a 8" block and to decorate the half of it.
The swap-mom sent it out to a partner and the partner has to finish the block.
Here is the block of Norma as it came to my house and after I have done my work on it.
Norma started with red, green, white, gold and silver.
I have continued with those colors to make it finished.
As always you can click on the photo to enlarge.

07 December 2007

X-mas quiltlet

While finishing the 101 dalmatians quilt for my grandson I made a little X-mas wall-quilt for my granddaughter too. It is 12", 30 cm. square.
They are both so young at that is difficult to understand that there comes a gift from grandma from Norway for only one.
Now they have both their gift under the tree :)

Tast week 49

This is the Pistil Stitch.
It is a French knot on a stalk.

I made this one just to remind myself that I can use it in many different ways, not only as a stem in a flower....
Made on my tast sampler.
If you like to see it large, just give a click on the photo.

05 December 2007

Nice things in the mailbox

Two days ago there was again a surprise in my mailbox.
A fat quarter of quilt fabric and 5 skeins of Sassa Lynne threads.
It came from Susan Nixon, she is playing Santa :)
Thank you so much, I am very happy with this gift.

03 December 2007

101 Dalmatians

The wall-quilt for my grandson is ready to go in the mail to the Netherlands.
I did four seams to finish it and added the borders.
The finished size is 20,5x18 inch. 52x46 cm.
If you click on the photo you will get a large one.

02 December 2007


Those atc's came this week, they are both very special.
The Craquelures Oranges from Laurence, France. The Armani jeans from Lorenza, Italy.
Thank you both for this swap.

Fabric Postcard made for a swap with the UK Embellishers group.
Wool-felt made with embellisher, embroidered trees, yo-yo's and buttons.
Send to Maria in the UK.

30 November 2007

Tast week 48

This week stitch is the Knotted Cable chain stitch.
It is a pretty stitch with a nice relief. I have made it with DMC perle 5.
This is made on my tast sampler.
I think I will use it more often as a seam treatment, one can add a little bead too, in the gap.

Here I found out I can use this stitch as a X-mas tree decoration too :-)
Do you the remember last weeks trees on the felt-card?
I have got so many comments, both on my Flickr page and here, thank you so much.
It is too bad to draw only one person from 30 comments, therefore I have decided to send this card to one of the blog comments.
The card from last week goes to one of the Flickr comments: Malla in Finland.
The name that my DH took out of the hat this evening for the blog:
Gunnel Alexsson from Sweden !
Gunnel, this wool/fabric postcard comes to you next week.

27 November 2007

PC and atc swap

In today's mail was a nice surprise.
I almost had forgotten that I did such a swap in the CQI group.
The atc with the crochet fan comes from Cobi, NL.
The atc on the left from Andrea and the black atc with the nice tatting and embroidery
from Jo, NZ.
The postcard comes from Hideko, Japan.
They are all beautiful, thank you ladies for this swap.

new challenge TIF

For the TAST stitchers among you and also for the ones who didn't follow the tast every week I like to tell you that Sharon B will start a new monthly challenge next year.
You can read all about it here:

26 November 2007

comfort doll

Here is the third comfort doll I made for Pat's project.
I forgot to make a photo but Pat was so kind to do that for me.
If you like to make a doll too, see the information HERE.

24 November 2007

Tast week 47, Thorn stitch

Made on my tast sampler. Also a swirl, just to remember myself that this is also possible with this stitch.
Needle-felt with stitches, postcard. Made from a piece of yesterday's felt.
If you will have it in your mailbox, just leave a comment. I'll put all the names and the names from my Flickr-page comments in a hat and take one next week. :-))
You will read here in a week who will receive this postcard.
As always you can click on the photo to get a laaaarge one!

23 November 2007

I took this photo out of my front door at 15.20 today. The weather today inspired me to make a piece of "snow and winter" felt. I think it is a nice background for embroidery.
It is a rather large piece about 40 cm. square. Suitable for cutting up in postcards etc.
What you probably don't see on the photo that I have included some pieces of sparkling fabrics to get 'frost'.

21 November 2007

Nice things in the mail

My embellished Fall block came home. I have sent it away in August, half done ( below) and Carol added all the other items. It is a pretty block. It really looks Fall :)
With the Fall block came a surprise! Gerry, the swap-hostes made for all the participants a scissor fob. Thank you so much Gerry.
Usually the swap-hostes gets many gifts, but this time she gave us all a gift in return.
A very nice gesture!

An other gift came also in the mail. A lovely little silver hand holding a heart.

Pat Winter have sent this to all the ladies who have sent her dolls for the Comfort Doll project.

Thank you Pat!

19 November 2007

Old lace and roses.

Here is my ' Old lace and roses' quilt. About a year ago I started to make one block.
Every time I had nothing else going I have made an other block.
Since this summer I had 9 done and sewed them together and also embroidered the new seams. After that, it hung on the flannel wall waiting for the border.
Now it was time to finish several pieces and this was one of them.
The quilt is 81 cm. or 32 inch square.
The crochet pieces are made by my grandmother (1883-1964).
The tatted item in the lower left corner is made by my aunt ( 1911-1986).
The bobbin-lace pieces are made by me.
Below two detail photos.
As always you can click on the photos to get the large size.

17 November 2007

note-block cover ready

If you remember the piece of needle-felt I made a few weeks ago with my new machine, then you remember also that I would make a gift of it.
I have add some stitches and beads and have made a lining inside with can hold a little note-block and a pen.
The note-block cover or portfolio closes with a button and a piece of ribbon.
When you will see it full screen, just give a click on the photo.

16 November 2007

seasons swap

Here you see two notebook covers I have received from the seasons swap from UK Embellishers group.
The left one is "summer", made by Ann and the right one is "winter" made by Lynne.
Both made from wool and with the embellisher machine.
Thank you both very much.
If you scroll down to the post of November 6th, you can see "Spring" and "Autumn".

14 November 2007


Also I have made a 'healing heart' for one of my online CQ-friends.
She is going trough a hard time, so several members from our group have made such a heart for her. If she wishes, she can sew them together later.

Tast week 46

The TAST stitch this week is the Chain Braid stitch. Well, this is what I have made of it.
Not too nice, I know ;-(
First I made it too wide and did the wrap wrong. The second time it went a bit better but I am not happy with it.
I have used DMC perle 5.
It is not my kind of thing to do this stitch. I think, I better buy braid!
But life has learned me: Never say never.
So, when I need a braid one time and I don't have the right color, I will give it a try again.

tale of the 12 dancing princesses

Here is the block of the 12 dancing princesses. There were 3 ladies who have worked on this block. They have added beautiful things and seam treatments.
Unfortunately, three other ladies of this group got so many health problems, they couldn't do their work.
No big problem, I shall make a few seam treatments and add some items and it will also become a very nice wall-hanging for my granddaughter who loves this story.
Below, the block how it looked when it left my house in January.

Fairy tale blocks home

Here you see the block that came home yesterday. It is the story of the movie: 101 Dalmatians.
All the ladies in this RR have done their best, it is a lovely block.
I have to add a border on it and than it becomes a wall-hanging for my grandson, who likes this story so much.
Below you can see the block how it looked when it left my house in January.

11 November 2007

For my Dutch friends and family:

Sinte Maarten 't is zo koud,
geef me een turfje en wat hout,
geef me een half centje,
ben je m'n beste vrendje
geef me een appel of een peer,
zie je me 't hele jaar niet meer.

oud Sint Maarten liedje.