Category Archives: Embroidery

Indian silk, notebooks and poppies


The other week my husband should have gone to India for work, but because he hurt his back he had to stay at home. Of course I had asked him to look for some gorgeous indian fabrics, maybe sarees. And he passed this question on to his colleagues. So this is what I got:

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Beautiful silk fabric in wonderful colors. Both pieces are about 6 meters long, so that really is a lot of fabric. I’m going to look at both of them for a long time, before I’ll decide what to do with them.
Naturally I wanted to thank both ladies who took the effort to pick these. And of course there had to be a link to India.So I made these two notebooks with an embroidered design on the front which was inspired by Mehndi, one with a lotus and the other with a peacock.




Since a couple of years I have been making these flower scarves, usually with tulips, bluebells, oxeye daisies, or with roses. Now someone asked me to make a scarf with lots of red flowers, including poppies. I never made poppies before, so I had to find a pattern. But there wasn’t a pattern I liked for a poppy with a stem, neccessary for a scarf like the ones I make. So I made my own.



The poppy is crocheted with a limegreen center, it has red petals with a few black stripes. The stem is also limegreen. 



The lady who ordered it was very happy with the scarf, and actually, so am I. So I guess I’ll be making more scarves with poppies; not yet sure in combination with which flowers.

Groetjes, Dorien

Posh produce bags

Back in January I told you about the little produce bags I made to use for vegetables, fruits, nuts and so on. You can find this post here. They are great to use, and ever since I didn’t use any plastic bags anymore.

But, I don’t have to buy all my veggies myself, since my neighbour started a little kitchen garden and especially in the summer she comes over with her hands full of the most wonderfull vegetables. Of course I thank her every time, but now I wanted to make her something special. So I thought of the little produce bags (she has to do some shopping in the winter, doesn’t she?).  But not the plain bags as I use them.

I made three bags with a blackwork embroidery. This because the fabric is very light and doesn’t hold a heavier design, but also to keep the weight of the bags as little as possible.


Every bag has its own design: ‘homegrown vegetables’, tomatoes and carrots.


My neighbour was very happy with the bags; she even didn’t want to use them because they might get dirty!

Because I liked the bags so much, I decided to make more of them. A couple for myself, and a set for the shop. In the next couple of days I’ll make more of them and list them as soon as they are finished.



The bags measure 25 x 31 cm (10 x 12 inch) and have emboidery designs of tomatoes, bell pepper and lettuce.

Groetjes, Dorien

Covering notebooks


Earlier this year I already made a bookcover like this, and I because all my men use these notebooks, I wanted to make each one of them a personalised book.

It starts with finding a quote which is perfect and not too long. Then the fun starts. Using my embroidery software, I start with the quote as it is, and then play with fonts, lettersizes and layout until I’m satisfied.

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The last step of designing is to add something extra, in this case a swirl and a banner. Then it should look like this.

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After making all three quotes into designs, they were embroidered on felt and then the covers were glued on to the books.




Groetjes, Dorien

Chaos on my table


Usually I’m working on one or two projects at the same time. This time however, I’m really not counting anymore.  Maybe it is a lack of focus, or, if I’m kind to myself I would say it’s more a excess of creativity.

For the shop I’m making a few more Rose Scarves, So that is why the tray above is filled with these little flowers; it’s  a bit of an assembly line that I’ve set up.

But there’s a lot more on the needles.


December is on its way, so a lot of gifts have to be made. This is actually kind of alittle joke for one of my family members; I’ll show the finished items after they have been given away.


And since a couple of months I’ve been working on a new cardigan. I’m not sure what I was thinking to make a straight black cardigan; this is so boring, that it seems to take forever.

On the side, there are these letters:


The idea of another Scrabble Pillow but even though I’ve made the tiles already, I’m not too sure about the words I want on the pillow. So for now it is put aside.

Something else which is put aside for now is the idea of making a cover for the sewing machine. My workspace is in the living room, and often the machine is standing on the table. Not a very nice sight, so I thought of making a cover for it. The idea is to use patterns and designs which have a direct relation to the machine. So I think I’m going to make a piece with a lot of the stitches which the machine can make, an embroidered piece, and  so on. 

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The design is from Embroidery Library, but I’ve changed almost all colors.

While making this post, I realize these are not the only wip’s. Fabric is waiting to be turned into blouses; there is a pile of fabric I bought to make special gifts for December; ……Maybe I need a to-do-list to make sure everything will turn out right.

Groetjes, Dorien

For a boy with a hammer



Time flies; not only has it been a long time since the last post on this little blog, but it seems such a short time ago that my sons were born. And now I made this notebook for one of them, for quit a special occasion. As of this week, he will be the chairman of his tennis club. Barely 19 years old, he takes on this responsibility.  He’s looking forward to this a lot and because this mom uses every reason possible to give presents, I made him this.

Since a couple of months I’m the proud owner of new embroidery software.


Absolutely awesome, but it has so many features and possibilities, it needs a lot of study and practise to use it well. So that is exactly what I did for this cover. I found this phrase which I wanted to use and started playing with the words. Different fonts and sizes until I was satisfied, added a hammer and of course a couple of tennis rackets. Et voila:


A book, some bookbinding glue and the embroidered fabric, a little magic and the book was covered.


Groetjes, Dorien

Lange Jan


This embroidery has been made by my grandfather. He lived a great part of his life in the town of Middelburg and he was a special man. Not only did he embroider, which was quite odd for a man of his generation, he also painted and made some beautiful ink drawings. Unfortunately, most of his work has been gone.  After his death in 1980 this little piece hang in my grandmothers living room, and it shows that she smoked a lot. I’ve tried to clean it, but this is as good as it gets. It only needed a new frame.


And its own place in my little gallery,


It is a bit difficult to make a decent photo because my hallway is only 90 cm (35 inch) wide.

The other pieces on the wall have all been made by me; different samplers with Dutch symbols and a little piece which tells a little bit more about something else I love to do.

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Groetjes, Dorien

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

It is about half past 4 in the afternoon, and already it is as good as dark outside. This time of year the days are just too short. Good thing that Mr Edison once thought of lamps! The little lights in the Christmas Tree are giving the room a glow all day and inside it is cosy and warm.

A little while ago I made a Christmas Stocking for a friend (haven’t shown it; I’m sorry), and my boys really liked it so I promised to make a few for our own bunch. And of course I forgot all about it!

Until this week. One of the boys asked me about it, and that was just 6 days before Christmas. And if I wanted to do it, I had to make 6 Stockings…….

So I bought some beautiful red flannel, and started to embroider the parts. They are not finished (at all!), but…. it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!



Groetjes, Dorien

New Bag!

Hello! How lovely of you to stop by. It has yet again been a crazy weekend. Because she was having some trouble in her current host family, we decided to invite another exchange student. Not for a whole year, but just for the two months she has left of her stay in Holland. This meant a lot of rearranging inside our home, so that she can have her own room. Next Wednesday she will come, and then we will be with 6! I’m really looking forward to having her around; she is a very nice and bright young lady, and it will be great, to be not the only  female in the house for a change.

And still there had been a little bit of time to craft. And I really felt like making another bag. As usual I started with collecting a bunch of fabrics and the first thing I did was to embroider a panel for the front of the bag.

As I went on, I kept changing the fabrics I was using, so I can’t show you the pictures I made at the start, because I ended up with a complete different bag as I originally started to make. For those who have been reading my little blog before, that won’t be a huge surprise.


This is the front panel. The center is embroidered and I tried to match the colours in the fabric surrounding the panel. I think now it looks quite nice.

The fabrics I used for the bag itself, are mainly woolen fabrics, a bit of tweed, a piece of loden.



The bag is lined with Sari Fabrics in different shades of red and it has a pocket with a zipper.


Maybe not the best possible picture!


Two extra pockets in the front of the bag.

Again it was a challenge to mix and match all the different fabrics and colours; but then again that is what I really love about working with fabrics.


Groetjes, Dorien

Jeans and Roses

When a boy reaches a certain age, he doesn’t want to wear the pants his mother made anymore. Now he is fashionable. This means preferably designer jeans and and empty purse for his mom. But have you ever seen the kind of jeans these boys want to wear these days? Not one seam is straight, the waistband is somewhere halfway their behind and they look as if they have been lying in the garbage for a long, long time. The name for this kind of jeans says it all: twisted!

But son is in his own way conscious, and when he has outgrown a pair of jeans, or when his jeans is torn and can’t be repaired, he likes them to be used in a different way: a sleeve for his tablet.


A sleeve is just a rectangle, so even when it has to be lined, it isn’t that difficult. BUT NOT WHEN YOU HAVE TO MADE IT WITH THIS KIND OF JEANS!!!!!!.

No matter how you try to fold it, cut it, it won’t stay flat and it is not to be made into a rectangular shape. Because son wanted to keep the ‘identity’ of the jeans intact, it wasn’t an option to use the seam ripper.

In the end, I’ve managed to make something ‘almost’ rectangular and the tablet fits in.



The other project I finished was the embroidery I showed in my last post. As I already mentioned, I used the tutorial of Hugs from Helen. To go with the embroidery, I used colours which I usually don’t; romantic roses in creme, pink and green. But they matched perfectly.


The pocket on the other side, I made using the stitchery in the tutorial.


The only thing I didn’t think of, is that the armrest of my sofa, is quite wide.


So maybe I should make another one, but a lot bigger?

Groetjes, Dorien

New Embroidery Book

Hello from a very sunny Holland! Last week we have been spoiled with quite nice weather, so I spend a lot of time outside.

Indoors I’ve been looking at this amazing book I  bought at a craft fair last week.


It is written in French,  but all the charts are so clear that that is not a problem at all. In this book the embroidery is all about haberdashery and the pictures are beautiful.



Of course I had to try a little embroidery myself. So I assembled a collection of designs from the book into this.


This little piece measures only 14×9 cm (5.5×3.5 inch) and was a lot of fun to do. I’m not completely sure, but I think I’m going to use this for an armchair caddy, using the tutorial by Hugs from Helen.

Groetjes, Dorien