the learning goes on and on

This afternoon I have been practising some embroidery stitches. There are so many stitches in embroidery it is hardly ever possible to learn (and remember) them all. I find it very interesting to see how differently the basic stitches are used in different cultures. Especially India has such a rich tradition in embroidery and achieves amazing effects with simple stitches. stiche1 I wrote some of the names of the stitches on the sampler to remember myself how these are called. With so many embroidery stitches it's sometimes hard to keep them all in your head. The first thing I tried was the ribbon embroidery. I wanted to try this for very long now - I mean it's the same stitches like "normal" embroidery only with ribbons. I shyed away from it mainly because I don't own thin ribbons and did not intend......

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Geometric unicorn + horse pattern

I have just released a new pattern in the geometric animals series. It's the Unicorn + Horse! I can't believe I have not made a horse earlier, since it's one of the animals most talked about in this family. So last but not least - the unicorn and horse for all you horselovers out there. unipferd Geometric Unicorn+Horse Embroidery skills: - running stitch, threaded running stitch Finished measurements: unicorn 15x14cm/5.9x5.5inch horse 15x10,5cm/ 5.9x4.13inch Buy here: craftsy dawanda etsy makerist kollabora unicorn3 unicorn2 unipferd Continue Reading

Adventures in crossing stitches - a mother-daughter-collaboration

Recently I have been working on a project with my mother. She is a gifted embroiderer and has made some beautiful motifs in cross stitch over the last years to make gifts from. Around christmas we got the idea, that it would be a shame to let these gorgeous patterns sit in storage for years to come and decided to make digital patterns out of them. fische1 My mother has a different style than me, but we share our love for bold colors and playful motifs. We also love adventures and travel so I picked the name "Adventures in crossing stitches". For me exploring the textile world is like an adventure and for my mother it is very adventurous to publish her ideas. So the first series in our collaboration are these colorful underwater world creatures. fische2 The first......

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Hello again

December absorbed me and did not let go of me. I just realized, that I have not posted in a whole month! Lots of stuff was going on, like everywhere else around christmas and the beginning of the new year I suppose. During the last weeks I really had no urge to post and so I didn't. What's the point of meaningless posts, just to fill the statistics? Here are some pictures from last weekend. The christmas tree survived 3 weeks past christmas (we put the tree up on the 24th and decorate it all together). Today I put alle the ornaments away and then it's time to say good bye. On Sunday the light was extraordonarily bright. It was freezingly cold and we had snow for the first time this winter. The kids were sliding on the frozen puddles outside on their bellies (that's when you are glad you have......

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Inbetween the years

The new year is approaching in daily steps. This year has been a year like no other for me in all it's glory and it's fails. I'm equally sad that it's passing and happy to see how the next year unfolds and shows it's hidden surprises. During the last week of 2015 and the first 2 weeks of 2016 all of my patterns are 20% off if you purchase 2 or more.

A Happy New Year to you!

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Christmas Crafting List

Over the last years I have made a couple of winter and christmas related things. Here they are all in one place, so that you can find it easily. The list contains DIYs from tutorials/patterns made by me and some other sites, some free, some for purchase. I don't receive anything in return for listing something, these projects are all made with the excitement of trying something out. I will continue to add current christmas related projects to this list to keep this page updated. christmaspapier1

1. Paper ball. Blogged herePattern. 2. Paper stripe star. Blogged herePattern. 3. Folded Paper star. Blogged herePattern.

christmaskerzen 4. Geometric Candles. Blogged herePattern. 5. & 6. Beeswax candles. Blogged here.  
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chilies and indigo weaving

chili4 My chili embroidery is going quite well. I've not yet decided how many chilies I want to put on the bag, but I think I'll add one or two on the top section and then sew it into a bag to hold my dried chilies. Working chain stitch is very relaxing and it goes quite fast! indigo1 The next project I have started is weaving with this beautiful indigo cotton yarn. It's frogged from another project I did not have any use for and it always screamed for being woven, instead of knitted up. So I had this vision of indigo placemats when I frogged the yarn since placemats are just the size I can weave with the small handloom I have. My weaving experience is limited to start weaving until 3 or 5cm and then let......

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Chili embroidery

My chili plants thiw year went crazy and produced a fair amount of nice red chillies. Now that they are almost dried completely I want to make a beautiful, yet practical bag, to storage them. The chilies are stitched on firey red of course, on a lime green fabric. The pictures don't show the real color - it's a bright yellowish green. I think because of the dark clouded weather lately my camera has a hard time getting the greens right. In the middle and last picture the green in the shadows cast by the folds - that's the right green of this fabric. chili2 chili3 chili1...

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