Swatching

slipstitch1 my son brought me this beautiful flower when he came from school - so sweet :)

I tried some slipped stitch patterns yesterday and they are great! Why did I struggle with intarsia, stranded knitting and double knitting first instead of learning the easy mode color work first? I did actually even "invented" a method to work stranded knitting forward and backwards so I can knit it in rows all on the right side (yes I hate working stranded knitting on the purl side THAT much, and working in the round was no option for that project).

So I made a lot of photos and there will be tutorials on how to work slipped stitch and knit-in-the-row-below patterns. I also made comparisons between these very similar techniques and they work out very differently in the endresult - I......

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Inside - Outside

There is something we want to hide most of the time - the reverse side or inside of our works! Many an hour we spend on the surface, we want it to look pretty and neat. What does the inside of our work say about us? Every craftsperson has their own way of finishing off their work. Isn't the reverse side of an embroidery piece an artists signature, too? Some make knots, some are not, some do draw huge lines by jumping from one end to the other, some finish off their thread every time, some just leave their threads hanging, some knot them together. The back of a handcrafted piece can be as interesting as the front and differs so much from person to person. back2 the reverse side of the HORIZONT is not less messy than the front.......

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lion1 Whenever I feel a little bit stuck with my work (the I-don't-know-where-to-start-so-I-look-at-it-from-every-angle-everytime-of-the-day-and-wonder-what-to-do-first kind of stuck) I get back into the saddle easier by starting something new. Something that was lingering in my mind for months. I have to admit, that I was scared off by this geometric animal thing. I don't know why, but some nasty voice in my heard always told me I wasn't good enough at drawing to pull that kind of thing off. After reading a nice essay yesterday, I decided to take the (actually small) leap and give it a try. I absolutely love the look of animals looking straight in your eyes, so that was settled and the lion as a motif was sort of a courage thing, if you know what I mean ;)...

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Connection

ringe

“It's one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it's another to think yours is the only path.” ― Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

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I was searching for a fitting quote for this piece I name "connection" in my mind. The rings are attached to the fabric 3 facing each other in the same thread color. This is the quality of the number 3 I like very much because of it's dynamic and yet stable characteristics. When I finished attaching the rings I realized, that there was missing something. The dynamic element, the red thread - the connection. The one thing that breathes life into the perfect order. When I began this project in my mind the......

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color blocking scarves

I'm totally into color blocking at the moment. My two latest scarves are both an assembly of colors I love put side by side. The first one is the crescent scarf I started in march. I still don't have a name yet, probably "Red Moon" or something, there will come a name to me eventually. It has an I-cord edge on all sides, which I got very fond of because the edges get a great grip to them and don't roll. 001 008 022 The second is the Monstera scarf. It's a garter stitch scarf, too, and way narrower than the red scarf. It has an I-cord edge and wears a lot like a normal square shape scarf. So off to patternwriting I go! I......

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The Hoop Talk: What to look for when you buy a new embroidery hoop

Embroidery hoops in any form recently are THE tool for everything according to my Pinterest feed and many websites I frequently visit. Usage covers framing, towel holders, bag closures and whatnot. It's great to see this versatile thing which impersonated the oldfashioned housewife somehow for a long while receiving modern attention. There are some examples below in this post! All the embroidery hoops I have are either vintage GDR hoops or those I bought at a local store. All of these hoops are of very good quality and mostly manufactured in Germany. When sadly my local store shut down last month I was looking for a new source and looked over at ebay. I never would have thought that there would be THIS badly made embroidery hoops out there, because I never saw some in my life. Now I did. I bought a bunch......

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the (yet) unnamed shawl

prep I'm into shawl-making these days. The narrow shape got my attention because I like shawls but don't like the bulk in my chest or neck like you have with regular triangle or circular shapes. Do the crescent shap it is! prep1cresc1 Making progress. in the back you can see my humble attempts on growing plants from seeds for the balcony. Simple stuff like peas, basil, tomatoes, salad... the kids love to pluck the peas, my small one measures the width of each peapod every morning when they grow bigger, so cute! Joining in with Ginny from Small Things ...

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The history of a handpuppet

When I wrote my first knitting pattern back in 2010 I had no idea that this one puppet would change my life. It took me 2 years to actually write this pattern! The very first handpuppets I made for my 3 year old son were the pig and a mouse. Forgive the bad photographs, but 2008 was not the year of great shots ;) schweinI named it Mr. Pigginson, but clearly it was more of a joke for me, than for my son. My daughter was born in that same year and the handpuppets got their fair share of usage. Since I loved anything animal related back then (and still do!) as it is often when you have small kids and are surrounded by cartoon animals all the time, I wanted to make more handpuppets. The fox was born! I changed the thumb/mouth......

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the mane

lion1 You might guess by the small dark brown spots looking like eyes, that there is a new handpuppet in progress. This is the first of my handpuppet which gets a real mane! There are certain animals which simply can't be knitted without a big fuzzy mess of hair all around. I'm wondering now if a hedgehogs piky appearance could be the next, hmmmm. Which maned animals whould you love to make as a handpuppet?   Joining in with Keep Calm Craft On today....

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7 days of stitches: french knots

UPDATE: Originally I wrote this post in February 2014 as a tutorial series. However, I recently felt that it would be great to vamp this series up and add some new insights of my own, picture examples and a pinterest board to get in the mood to start stitching! So if you are reading this in 2016 and later: Hello! You just read the better and improved version :D

French knots are part of the knotted stitches family and often used to accentuate parts of embroidery. They form a very textured surface if clouded together but look great scattered around, too.

Here is how it works:

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french2 Wrap your thread around the needle twice.   french3
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