Tag: sewing


I love linen

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......

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In the garden

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. tomate1 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! katze
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Ganders and felt stars

The gander socks are making progress. I'm working at the second sock now and left the grafting of the toe for later (because I love grafting so much, that I keep it for the last moment like the cherry on a cake - NOT). dreiecke4a dreiecke5 A while back I made this felt star from a pattern by the purl bee. Now it's waiting for the tree to arrive. We have not yet bought one, but since we have a higher ceiling now, this year's Christmas tree will be large. I regret not stuffing this a little bit. It get's kind of wonky and is not easily put in place again. If you want to make this felt star, too, I recommend a little bit of stuffing for the largest size. The smaller......

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Advent preparations

advent1 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. advent2 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......

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Fringed napkins

napkins1 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! napkins1b 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......

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Alabama Chanin corset

corset0 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......

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Embroidery hoop bag

hoopbag1 Don't you know where to put your stacks of embroidery hoops without them looking messy? I have a lot of different shapes and colors and used to simply hang them on a nail in the wall tangled together with a lanyard. With every new addition to the hoop family I hoped it will hold the weight and not fall down. hoopbag2 It was when I tried to put my hoop collection in place when I thought, there are knitter's bags, why not make one for embroidery hoops? So the first shape coming to my mind was obviously a circle. I mean when do you possibly have the chance to make a round bag for a practical purpose, right? A circle is also very easy to sew and there is nothing more to it than 3 strips,......

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