Last week I had this crazy idea. A fresh load of shiny new fabric arrived on my front door and I guess the patchwork virus got me. Patchwork is not my strong suit. I ALWAYS manage to confuse something and end up cutting seams that should not hold together the pieces I just attached to one another. But - just take a moment and imagine a quilt or patchwork thing you have, shrink it in size and put it in a mini hoop - just for a moment - isn't it adorable? Yeah, that's what I thought, too. Also, tiny things always look good even if you screw up something (which I did - it's me and patchwork, but we did fine this time, I did not scream ... as loud). So the idea of a patchwork mini hoop was born!
On Instagram, I asked if you would enjoy......
I can't say that enough. I love linen. I love linen. I love linen. It's the fabric I'm the most drawn to and that says a lot, because I have worked with ALOT of different fabrics over the years. But when it comes down to sewing or embroidery linen is my best friend. So it may not surprise, that when I went fabric shopping with a friend last Monday, 3 out of four pieces were linen. It's just because the linen cupboard usually has a lot less variety than the other fabrics, that there was a printed cotton involved in my shopping cart.
I'm happy though, that the linen departement has grown a little bit in the years I did not shop in the biggest fabric shop of Berlin. The shop itself (I would compare it as the Berlin equivalent to Mood fabrics in NY, because all students of any fabric......
The cranes are back and singing - for that's the sound of spring. Everything this year is a little bit early. Unlike other parts of the worls we have a still chilly but light springtime. No snow for this early Easter!
On my windowsill are tomatoes, paprika and salad seedlings. We sowed carrots, radish and salad in the raised bed outside. I always wanted to pull a carrot out of the soil! It looks so fun in the garden films, so this year we finally made it. I'm looking forward to see them grow.
In the workshop my cats are curious as always about things that do not use to be there normally. This freshly decluttered project box is now the favorite spot for sleeping (quite uncomfortably). My cats are my favorite coworkers but also my biggest distraction!
My little niece celebrated her birthday this weekend.Looking for handmade gifts in Pinterest I found this incredibly cute mouse in bed in a tin box, that I wanted to make quite a long time. Luckily I had one, which had a not-so-much-childfriendly quote with gummibaers on it. I sanded the print and painted it with 2 layers of white acrylic paint. In the 2nd layer I sprinkled some iridescent very small paillettes.
My niece is into "Frozen" like many girls nowadays (and I can't blame her for that) and at first I wanted to make an Elsa doll (and maybe a 2nd as Anna), but it turns out if you don't have the right felt tone for skin, everything looks weird. And I failed at the face and hair and then I decided to go with Olaf, because nobody can ruin a snowman.
When I was a teenage girl I loved what most girls love during that time: horses! That feeling of the fur against your hand, this giant animal following you from the pastures so calm and majestic. And of course riding along the fields and in the forests. It is magical!
Since then, horses have only been in the back of my head until my little girl wanted to learn horseback riding, too. It all came back when I walked into the saddle room - the smell of leather and horse hair. Isn't it crazy how deep memories go when you remember a certain smell or hear a particular sound? For example, hearing a sawmill in the morning always reminds me of summer vacation at my grandma :D
The Running Horse embroidery pattern brings the wonderful spirit of horses back into......
A while ago I have showed you a cabled red sweater and a red corset handsewn after an Alabama Chanin pattern. I've finished and worn both but never got around photographing it. So here they are:
The Alyn sweater is very comfortable to wear and I guess I will have to make a second for me (that's the third Alyn then if you include the one I knit for my dearest)
I just loved to sew this by hand. I can use my sewing machine and for larger projects with straight lines I prefer to use it, but sewing by hand is my favorite. Especially with stretchy velvet I would have had problems using my sewing machine, but by hand - no problem. I will definetly try......
My kids and I made an advent calendar last year out of self-made small paperbags. This year I wanted to do something more durable so we we didn't have to make new bags every year - and save some waste, too. So some month ago I began cutting up rectangles out of leftover fabric from an old linen curtain. Then it layed until last Saturday to be sewn up.
On Saturday I sewed the bags up in one go and let the kids scribe the numbers on their own bags with a glittery-green iron-on fabric pen.
Then they filled most of the bags themseves and I tied them up with ribbon. Instead of hanging the bags on a line like last year, we put them into flat baskets this time. Some bags are filled by me......
As a kid I loved fringes. My grandmother had a tubular pillow on her sofa with 2 large tassels at each end. I spend hours braiding and combing these tassels. During TV, tea time, whenever we sat on that couch, I had my hands on that thing. So if you need something to occupy your little grandchildren or children - buy something with long fringes or tassels!
When I stumbled over this instructions to fringed chambray napkins at the Purl Bee, I knew I had to make some. Chambray is a special fabric with the thread used for the weft is different than the warp so you get a fabric with mixed colors so to say. I'm always impressed how strong the original colors of the threads look and how they blend so......
This is my current knitting project: a cable pattern hat in Drops Lima (an alpaca - wool blend)
I kept my knitting needles in a shabby red plastic bag for some years. When I looked at it yesterday - for the hundredst time regretting the old thing is still there - I decided to make a real fabric bag. It is made from the same fabric as my embroidery hoop bag. I can close it with drawstrings I kept from a christmas paper bag.
I think I'll make some for my knitting projects, too!
When I watched a video 2 or 3 years ago where Natalie Chanin made a presentation about the development of her company Alabama Chanin and her way to approach things, I was highly inspired. I have never heard of her before that and had to take a closer look at what clothes she was making.
As a passionate embroiderer the idea to sew clothes completely by hand doesn't sound crazy at all. When staying in Japan I had no sewing machine most of the time and made everything by hand. Natalie adds her unique style of applique and beading to everything she makes. The textures that come out of her workshop are beyond gorgeous and I HAD to make something like that.
So I tried some embellishing, but the jersey-less person that I am (I seldomly buy new fabrics anymore, I have had a......