27 February 2008

Encrusted RR, step 3

This is a 12 "RR block, the block belongs to Emiko, Japan.
Emiko likes pastel colors. The stitching was done by two other ladies and my turn was to add items, sre and so on.
I painted lace items with Ozecraft in pastel colors to fit on this block.
And I have added all the sre and some little stitches with the lace and the sre.
Also the four pink sequin flowers.
No beads and buttons yet, that is work for the fourth lady in the group.
If you like to see it larger, just click on the photo.

26 February 2008

needlefelt postcard


" Vår foss". Spring-waterfall. Inspiration from Norwegian nature.
Needle-felt, hand embroidery, beads.
Made with the embellisher.

25 February 2008

grandchildren

A "fresh" photo of our grandchildren in the Netherlands.
They are 8 and 5 years old.

18 February 2008

Needlefelt atc's






In the past weekend I made a piece of needlefelt with the embellisher machine. Now it is cut op in two postcards and seven atc's.
Here are five of them.

14 February 2008

Swap block

Yesterday I sent away this swap block to Italy.
We do an one to one swap in a little group I am in.
Lorenza's theme is "under water".
Below the block she made for me which I received today.
My theme is "cottage garden". I like this block, it looks lovely.
The blocks are 6", 15 cm square.

10 February 2008

TIF February side b

Sharon asked: A. what are you old enough to remember? And B. what has changed in your lifetime?What I wrote in the first post about the TIF challenge: My oldest important memory.
It was on a beautiful sunny morning, probably the first week of May 1945, when my parents took me outside to look at the sky.
Many, many plains flew over the village were I used to live in the Netherlands.
The only thing that could fly in my little world were butterflies and flies.
This was totally different, those flies were huge and made a deafening noise.. .. The sky seamed to rumble.
You could see the people in the plains. My mother told me: they are Tommies.
Many, many years I believed the word for a plain was tommy.
Almost 10 years later I realized what I saw that beautiful morning in May: British bombers on their way back home after bombing German cities and industry to make an end on the terrible second world war.
I was almost 3 years old then.
But what has mankind learned from this war?
Not much I am afraid. After the WW 2, there have been wars.
Korea, Vietnam, Israel, Lebanon, Falkland Islands, Kuwait , Iraq, Afghanistan, etc, etc..
Today in many parts of the world they kill each other.
Why??? Power ? Oil? Gold? Diamonds?
Why can't we live all together on this planet in peace?
* My DH and I have visited Normandy ( France) in 1997. We have been on the beaches and all important places from D-day.
We have been in several museums in the Netherlands. Visit a German concentration camp near the Poland border.
Rows of white marble crosses on the cemeteries all over the world.
I shall never forget the emotions which came to me when I read the dates of birth and dead on those crosses.
So young they all died.
So, sadly enough : in this respect nothing has changed.


TIF february finished, side a


Here is my fabric page of the TIF challenge for the month February.
This side is made from fabric on the CQ style, the mop beads represent all the shells on the little beach from that lake we used to swim when we were kids.
It was called "de schelpenbocht", "the shell corner".
It was very safe for little ones because the bottom was shallow. Now that area of the lake is taken over by the surfers.
The size is 8" , 20 cm square.
As always you can click on the photo to enlarge.

09 February 2008

Cyber Fyber Mail



Today I received the fabric postcard and the atc from Susan Lenz, USA. Aren't they beautiful? So much to see on so few square inches. Speaking about encrusted!!
Don't forget to click on the photo to enlarge!
A few says ago I told you about the exhibition she is arranging in January 2009.
You can see the cards I have sent her when you scroll down a bit.

06 February 2008

Winter block swap

In today's mail came my winter block home. In one of the groups I am in 'CQforNewbies' we do a season swap. We send out a 8 "bock half done and our swap partner has to finish it.
My partner for this season was Norma Harris, USA, she did a lovely job.
She made two tatted pieces as snowflakes, beautiful!
Below the block how it looked when I sent it away. Thank you Norma!

05 February 2008

Fabric postcard and atc to exhibition :)



Today I sent away this fairy fabric postcard and this atc (with the shell fabric) to Susan Lenz, USA.

She is organizing a Cyber Fyber exhibition.

That will happen in January 2009 in SC, USA.

If you make fabric postcards or fabric atc's you can go to the site and trade one with her.
Any other fiber card is also OK, the 'rules' are on the atc and the postcard site.

04 February 2008

TIF ideas.


My oldest important memory.
It was on a beautiful sunny morning, probably the first week of May 1945, when my parents took me outside to look at the sky.
Many, many plains flew over the village were I used to live in the Netherlands.
The only thing that could fly in my little world were butterflies and flies. This was totally different, those flies were huge and made a deafening noise.. .. The sky seamed to rumble.
You could see the people in the plains.
My mother told me: they are Tommies. Many, many years I believed the word for a plain was tommy.
Almost 10 years later I realized what I have seen that beautiful morning in May:
British bombers on their way back home after bombing German cities and industry to make an end on the terrible second world war. I was almost 3 years old then.

The first thing what I remember as important in my childhood are very domestic things.

My mother spinning wool on the spinning-wheel and cooking on a wood-stove.

The milk which boiled over the stove and my mother angry and cleaning up that mess.

I remember the smell :(

The odour of sheep wool, hanging in that little kitchen day after day. I still like the odour of unwashed sheep wool.

After the WW 2, there was nothing left in the shops to make clothes of. So, all my clothes were made of homespun, knitted sheep wool. My underwear, socks, dresses, even my bathing-suit! When it became wet, it became twice as large as it was dry ;))

Below a photo of my little sister and me which I will use in a CQ block.

February challenge Fiber&Stitch

I know, I know, this has nothing to do with fabric. It is just playing around!
At the Fiber&Stitch group they have a challenge every month.
This months task: use at least 3 items from your kitchen to create something.
I used a tea dyed paper towel as background, empty tea pockets, a used tea bag, a silver teaspoon and a chocolate wrap. I have sewn in circles, because when you stir your tea the circles come in your cup.

fabric TIF february


Those fabrics are my choice for the February challenge. I think they are pretty good to the given colors. The little dot fabric is dark blue and not so black as it looks on the photo.

01 February 2008

TIF challenge February

Today Sharon announced the new Take it further challenge.
This months challenge is a question: some things we are old enough to remember, considering how many things has changed in our life time. What do you remember?
O my, since I read that question thousand things are swirling in my head.
So many memories from 60 years ago.

I will be difficult to focus on one and fit it in the color scheme for this month.