Thursday, March 31, 2016

A throw for spring

It is already some weeks ago that I showed you this blue cloth. The progress is very slowly because my paperwork is absorbing a lot of my time and focus. Therefore I thought it would be a good idea to take it to the Netherlands with me since I wouldn't be able to do paperwork there. And although I didn't do a massive amount of work on it I was very happy that I took it with me. Why? Because it gave me an opportunity to focus on something positive, an antidote for all the horrible news that was on the TV and radio. I hadn't planned to "write" words on this cloth but I'm happy with the result.

What do you do when you get bombarded by horrible news?

Have a day filled with love and sunshine.


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Textile museum Tilburg

Yesterday I wrote already about the Sheila Hicks exhibition but there is lots more to see at the Textile museum in Tilburg. In the living heritage part they make woolen blankets and I couldn't resist taking a picture of them.

These two pictures I made at the Textile lab.

And the last picture I took at the top floor where there were Dutch Design projects on display. If you want to see/learn more about this museum, click here. And if your visual appetite isn't forfilled yet than click here to see more pictures of the museum. 

Enjoy your wednesday.


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Sheila Hicks

My week in the Netherlands went by very fast. One of the highlights was definitely visiting the exhibition of Sheila Hicks.

It was absolutely wonderful to see her work up close after spending so much time watching documentaries and looking at pictures of her work. 

And it is always a pleasure to walk around again in the Textile museum in Tilburg and leave totally inspired. If you want to see more pictures of the work of Sheila Hicks, click here.

Have a great tuesday!


Monday, March 28, 2016

Monday's music

Make this week to last forever!


Friday, March 25, 2016

Bullion knot edge

The other day Karen wrote a comment on the post A new stack of samples which gave me the idea to try the series of bullion knots on cloth. Although the outcome looks the same it does take some practice to do it on cloth because the stiffness of the paper isn't there. The first one looks a bit wobbly but slowly I made progress.

When I showed the first sample to my son he asked: "Why don't you connect them?" So later in the evening I managed to give that idea a go and the result you can see in the picture above. They transformed in heart-like shapes. 

Since this series of bullion knots is the most elaborated one of them, so far, I know all the other variations can be done as well which means that all of the stitches on plates can be used on cloth well and with some practice they will become more neat and precise.

Time to think of something new

Have a lovely day.


Thursday, March 24, 2016


The other day I wanted to work with shell shapes and decided to pinprick them. In the end I made a piece that reminded me of the three leafs of Margaret Kilgallen.

Enjoy your thursday.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Blue cups

After all the paperplates I embroidered I couldn't resist making a few cups too. This is the result, don't worry this isn't gonna be a series! 

Have yourself a playful day.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Another way of keeping

Last week I showed you a couple of pieces in the Blue/Green-series and today I made a different way of presenting. Everything is pinpricked, the shapes are the same and the blue/green cord I made with my lucet. 

Just trying out a different option of presenting and storing. What do you think?

Enjoy your day!


Monday, March 21, 2016

Monday's music

Have a wonderful time this week!


Friday, March 18, 2016

Mark my words

Elizabeth Parker

The other day I read an article about women who wrote their words with thread. It was an interesting article and therefore I want to share it with you. I tried to find the words of these women on Flickr and although not totally succesful I made a lovely little collection which you can find here.

Hope you will enjoy it all as much as I did.

Have a lovely day and enjoy the start of your weekend!


Thursday, March 17, 2016


Blue/green question of this piece was: What are the building blocks to make a connection between human beings happen? This time the blue and green are very pale and on them I scattered some seeds of hope in white, unfortunately they are hardly visible. This is the last one of my blue/green-week. Time to ponder a little bit more.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Yesterday I told you about the blue/green project and today I show you my next step. I used a chainstitch to link the blocks with the jug of giving. A small step but hopefully in some direction ..

Enjoy yourself today!


Tuesday, March 15, 2016


This week is dedicated to the Blue/Green collection. I work on this project every now and than, therefore I give you a few links to earlier posts so you can re-acquaint your with this project. There were painted blocks, doodles inspired by helleristninger and two towels.
At the moment my thoughts seem to be focusing on building blocks. Lots of questions swirl around in my head and this is a way of finding some answers for me.

The blocks are pinpricked out and so is the jug. The blocks are embroidered on paper while the jug is kept in its place by double-sided tape.

Let me know what you think.


Monday, March 14, 2016

Monday's music

Have a great start of your week!


Friday, March 11, 2016

A celtic R

Last weekend I had a fabulous idea or so I thought ... First a little sample ..

Liked it a lot and so I thought: "Let's make a bigger sample" ... 

And while working on it I loved the details, couldn't stop making pictures of them.

Than after many hours of intense stitching, the end result. And you know what? I don't like the end result. As much as a loved and love the details I can't seem to like the end result. The R is from a template which I used in my project about Richard Plantagenet. Did you ever experience something similar?

Anyway, have a great weekend and I'll see you on monday again.


Thursday, March 10, 2016


This plate could be the start of a new serie or simply an excercise, haven't decided. It doesn't fit in the Focus serie because I added blue on the plate and all the Focus plates are made in off-white. The subject is a conversation between two people and how they influence each other. Again I used the new technique of the bullion knots and some of the things I learned in the class of Karen.

I really like this combination of colours and it opens new possibilities. So happy days have arrived again!

Enjoy your thursday.


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

A new stack of samples

Last week I showed you the samples I made in bed and I decided to remake them for my Focus ledger. The reason is that I feel it is a shame that the result of that one sample plate would be lost. Since there is still enough empty pages in my ledger I decided to add them. This way I can practice the technique and make a small archive. Still have to come up with a background and a way to display them but I know that will come to me.  

Have a wonderful wednesday.


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Childhood dreams, just one more

Last week I already told you that another idea for a hankie dress was hanging around and this is the idea. This time there are two sheets of paper, on the front page a grandmothers flowergarden of 7 hexagons is sewed on. On the second piece of paper the same hexagons are used as building blocks and although they are the same shape, it feels like something completely different. The two sheets are bound together with three bullion knots.

What I really like in this piece is the different use of the hexagon and the technique of the bullion knot used like this which I learned from my paperplates. And what do you like?

Have a lovely tuesday.


Monday, March 7, 2016

Monday's music

This monday I want to start with a song that makes me want to dance. 

Enjoy this piece of sunshine.


Friday, March 4, 2016

Two plates

At the moment I'm very busy doing all kinds of spring cleaning chores. One of them is getting the cupboards reorganized. While doing that I found these two plates. I don't think I showed them to you yet so, here they are. The one above has paper loops and while playing with them I made some sort of skyline which is amplified by the way the french knots are place. 

This was the plate that inspired me to make the hankie dress series. A paper dress with lots of seeds of hope.

Hope you like my "new" plates. Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the time you create!


Thursday, March 3, 2016

Another book

One big advantage of being in an embroidery class is the sharing of information, especially about books. The book I'm reading at the moment is The book of Fine Linen, written by Francoise de Bonneville. It is absolutely a stunning book and the text transports one to another time. 

So if you need some historical reading material I can recommand this book. 

Enjoy your thursday.


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Bullion knot mania

A few weeks ago I had to spend a few days in bed unfortunately since walking and sitting were too painful for my back. At some point I got bored and took a paperplate and some thread and started experimenting with bullion knots. The result you can see in the picture above.

A few days later I figure out how to connect two plates together, bottom right. I was so proud of myself and therefore I showed it to my big boy at the breakfast table. He asked if it was possible to do bullion knots in two colours. Intrigued by the question I tried it. The first one was with two threads wrapped around.
Than he wanted to have a blue loop, a mixed one and a white one ... and it worked.

His final request was: Now you need to add red because than you have the Dutch flag colours. Gave it a go and it worked with a lot of fiddling but nevertheless it worked.
Than he said: Now you can also make Funky plates and went to school. This was a lot of fun trying although I seriously doubt that I will start making Funky plates ... :-)) 

For me this is a great story with some interesting results which I can use in the future.

Have a fabulous wednesday.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Childhood dreams

Another edition in the serie Childhood dreams. This time a green hankie plays the main role. 

The text is a part of the song Making memories of us by Keith Urban

Buttons are containers of memories for me and therefore I made a trail of seven, seven represents the seven generation principle. 

Hope you enjoyed this last hankie-dress but maybe I will make another one since there is still an idea floating around in my head.

Have a wonderful tuesday.