When my great-grandfather passed away last year I received some embroidered tablecloths my great-grandmother made. Some are worn out and mended, some have broken stitches (like the red mushroom heads above), but all are so carefully stitched by hand.
Sadly I don't have a tablecloth of my mother's elaborate embroidery. I adored her blue stitches when I was a child and I still see her on that sunny bench in summer at my grandmothers house embroidering while we play around the garden.
This is a great example of what happens if you put a n old wool embroidery into a modern washing machine. The surface stitches felt and pull together the fabric underneath. I wonder if you can't use this effect on purpose...
We have been enjoying the Easter holidays over here. Visiting family and having fun. Until Friday the weather was nasty cold and wet with some snowy sprinkles. Luckily April gave us a rest and decided we have suffered enough - Saturday and Sunday were just right - cold but very sunny.
We visited a dairy sheep farm not far from here run by two women. There were lots and lots of lambs, many friendly people and lambchops and delicious cheese. They breed the rare sheep breed of Krainer Steinschaf also called Bovska from Slovenia and Ostfriesisches Milchschaf (East friesian Sheep).
The rare Bovska sheep have a long and sturdy wool which appears to felt very well and is often used for carpets and other sturdier things. The people on the farm make woven seat pads from......
My daughter stood still for a scribbled portrait some month ago. She was so excited that I could really do this, that she made me draw a portrait of her. Of course it is a very rough sketch. I know my little one. One second she is all sincere and tries to be patient, the next second she is gone playing more interesting stuff than sitting still for her Mama.
In the weeks before my birthday I begin to think about my life - family - work and everything more deeply every year. Sometimes it's just a recap of everything, sometimes it's more deeply. After so many changes last year it's not easy to do everyday what I have done repeatetly over the last years. I love my work, but I used to love it more and it kind of seems to be......
The last week my knitting was all baby knits. A friend of mine is expecting and it's her first baby so she will need some baby knits, right?
It started so harmless with the Wills sweater from Rowan Classic Babies, Book 4. I knitted this exact same sweater for my boy when he was 6 months or so and I loved the construction of the yoke and wanted to make this again.
Then I looked for a hat pattern and found the Garter Ear Flap Hat by the Purl Bee. It's such a clever and easy design because the ear flaps are not attached afterwards, but knitted on the go with shortrows. I like earflap hats for babies because on tiny heads, hats tend to slip over the forehead too much when you want to cover the ears.
Last week I received a huge pile of boxes from my great-grandfathers house who passed away recently. He was an artist, gardener and loved to make jokes.
We were not very close, but the art somehow connected us. He was a man of many trades in art useing aquarells, making cartoons and wood prints, but also painted small and huge oil paintings especially landscapes.
When I went through a basket full of art supplies, I discovered precious things. A receipt for his school money for art school. Sketches of sleeping beauty for a childrens book. Typography practice sheets. Glittering bronce powders wrapped in old papers. Lots and lots of pencils.
This weekend we made a short trip to the baltic sea to visit my sister. who is currently working on board of a cruising ship. We have only 2 or 3 opportunities to see her per year, so it was a highlight to finally see her work space. The kids were very excited and managed the long drive well. The weather was on our side: a beautiful fog laid over the landscape all the time and let the sun shine through. The ship was very impressive not only for the children. It's one thing to see something like this on photos and another to see it in person! Continue Reading