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Indian silk, notebooks and poppies


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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.


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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.

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

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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



Fabric, Ballet, Portraits and a Project Bag

When I wrote my previous blog post, I had in mind to blog at least once a week. So 9 days isn’t what I should be. I’m sorry!

It has been a strange 9 days, and I think for once I’m going backwards in time.

Today I finished the birthday gift for my oldest son, who is going to be 19 years old tomorrow.

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This is just the kind of sweater he loves and wears almost all the time.

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Can you see the inside of the hood? It isn’t lining, it is just the back of the fabric; so soft and warm. And to keep this softness and warmth, it didn’t seem right to make the seams the usual way, so I decided to make ‘French seams’.

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All seams are double stitched, so no I guess Mr. Sensitive won’t have itching-issues with this sweater.

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Where the hood is sewn onto the sweater, I’ve used a ribbon to cover the seams, because a French seam would become to thick.

That was today, and of course I have been working on it for a couple of days; since Sunday that is. Sunday I went to a huge fabric market. Twice a year this is organized in a town nearby, and it is huge. And because fabric shops are very rare these days, a market like this the perfect place to go to.

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These are the fabrics I brought home with me (plus of course the fabric for the hoodie). 3 Linen fabrics and some flowers.

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This fabric especially I like a lot. It has wonderful colours and I can’t wait to make a tunica with it. Nothing complicated, a very simple dress it is going to be.

The flower-fabric is going to be the lining of my new bathrobe; the outside fabric will be purple terry.

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Saturday was special too. Before we had children, we used to go to the ballet, a couple of times a year. We haven’t been ever since we got our first child; indeed far too long! Saturday though, we went again and it was wonderful.

The National Ballet danced George Balanchines “Jewels”, a ballet in three pieces, with emeralds, rubies and diamonds as inspiration. All three pieces were quite different, one very classic, the other a bit more modern. But all were real gems!

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This was such a succes, that I brought home the program for next season and looking at it, I’m almost sure it won’t take another 19 years before I go back.

The days before Saturday (well, actually including Saturday), I paid a visit to Flew-ville, and I don’t think you are desperate to hear all about that…..

Wednesday was great. My husband took the day of from work, and we went to Groningen, the museum there is having a wonderful exhibition with paintings from the ‘Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister’ in Dresden.

Don’t be afraid; I won’t bore you with all the paintings, just a few.

These portrets were painted by Pietro Rotari, and August III, who founded the Gemäldegalerie, had appr. 62 of these paintings. All the same size, and all from the same distance. That seems a lot, but it happens that Catharina II from Russia, had almost 370 of these portraits. And these 16 are already so beautiful to look at.

Finally, something craftrelated.

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See the knitting-project-bag in the background?

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Even in the 18th century they knew, knitting, wine and pastry are a womans best friends!

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……… Wednesday

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Isn’t this a wonderful splash of colour?  I found these fabrics at a huge market last week, and I simply couldn’t resist.

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One of the colours which I don’t have much of is purple, so I’m always happy when I can find it. The other fabrics I just liked a lot, and it is nice when you can use the same fabric in different colours in one project, so that is why a few of these were chosen.

Now I know, you were expecting another Washcloth pattern, but unfortunately this week life really took over, and I just don’t have one for you today. Hopefully next week is going to be a bit more quiet.

Something I did finish is another dress/tunica.

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If you look at this photo you would expect the fabric to be a beautiful linen. Nothing of the kind.

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It’s fabric used for sweaters. Very warm and it’s wonderful to wear.

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The fabric was made of panels of ca. 110 cm, going from light turquoise via purple flowers on green background, to a dark green colour. The length of the panels was perfect for the pattern.

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The neckline is very simple; a bit square.

All in all a simple dress to make in 1 evening, although it took me almost 3 days.

Now, the rest of the day I’ll be reading about Erasmus, a very interesting man, whom I should know about because of my study. It is amazing what he has written, both the amount as the content. And I know I usually don’t say anything about more current events in the world, but with everything going on, I think the ideas of this man of 5 centuries ago are very wise and applicable, as one of his ideas was about tolerance.

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Ordinary days

 

Sometimes life happens and that is the only reason I’ve been absent for these last weeks. Nothing big, nothing special, just simply day to day life.

Today the  boys went to school again after their Spring break, and although a lot is waiting for me in and around the house, I’m also starting to make new plans for different projects.

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In the evenings I’ve made circles into squares; not all of them, so I’ll be doing that for a while.

In front you see some lovely fabrics I bought at Room Seven. A lovely (outlet) store from the daughter of the founders of Oilily. She also sells lots of wonderful items and it is always fun to walk by for inspiration.

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The fabrics have been washed, and now they are ready on my table, together with 2 pieces of foam, a large piece of batting, a turquoise piece of fabric from my stash with piping cord and 2 zippers.

Hopefully until soon!

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More samples and a surprise

When is enough enough? Making up these patterns inspired by South American motives is so much fun to do. But I guess I have enough now.

Two more sets of motives I made: in the middle you see all these triangle shaped motives.  Some of them a bit nicer than the others; but all of them usable. In fact the brown one almost on the bottom, I think is suitable for a Tudor inspired knitting project as well.

On the left of the picture above, you find a couple of animals, which you can find a lot in especially the textiles from Peru.

When you look at the pictures of original Peruvian textiles, you see that the proportions of the animals are always a bit off. It was hard to figure this out, but I think the idea is okay like this.

So now, all I have to do is to think of a way of combining some or maybe even all of these motives into one pattern. A scarf would be the easiest thing to do, so I guess I’ll just start with that.

Today I went to a textiles market. Lots and lots of fabrics, and I even bought a few, for PJ’s for my son, shirts for me and jeans for my husband. I’ll show when I use them.

Something I found too was a big surprise, considering what I’m working on:

Might I need some more patterns for my knitting project, I only have to look at this gorgeous fabric.

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Going on a trip to Central and South America

Before I’ll tell you about anything happening over here, I want to apologize for not responding to your lovely comments on my last post. I’ve read all of them with pleasure, and it is so nice to see that I’m not at all the last person reading paper books. In fact, telling me you have ordered a book case of 3.5 meters makes me a little bit envious!

But back to now. Since my last post we’ve had a very stubborn and obstinate guest. He (of course it’s a HE) took over our home and family, and didn’t want to leave. Mr. Flu! What a nasty guest he has been. But, with leaving a little bit of rubbish behind, he finally has left the house.

I’ve used this opportunity to go through a few of my most beautiful books.

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Both are by Catherine Legrand, who has an eye for textiles and costumes from over the world. The pictures are wonderful with lots of detail.

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Looking at these pictures, my eye was drawn to especially the fabrics and colours from Central and South America. And on pinterest I found a lot more.

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Looking at all of this, I wondered if I could do something with it. Weaving is not something I do; I like a bit of embroidery, but not too much. But, I do love knitting, so I thought it might be an idea to translate the colours and motifs into something knitted.

I’ve come up with a few  small patterns so far.

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Lots of ideas, which take a lot of time for computerwork; not really my forte. So I’m going to start with making samples, to see how the colours work, and to get a final idea of what I want to make with it.  To do this, I need yarn. Of course.

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Beautiful Shetland Wool in the most wonderful colours. I’ve tried to find at least 4 shades of every colour.

I’ll keep you posted!

Groetjes, Dorien

On my sewing table

 

When you don’t only crochet or knit, but also sew clothes and make quilts/patchwork, there is never a moment to get bored. But I do notice that it all comes in waves; there is a period with mostly knitting, followed by a lot of patchwork, etc. This time there seems to be a lot of sewing to be done.

Last week I finished my second blouse.

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Again the same pattern, but this time made with a very soft but warm cotton babyrib.

Because there were some wishes in my family for clothes to be made, I went to a fabric market last week.

On top a denim for a pair of trousers for my husband, second a beautiful woolen fabric, also for a pair of trousers for him, but then a more fancier pattern.

In the middle the biggest challenge; a couple of meters black woolen fabric for our youngest son. He wants a tuxedo! The dresscode for the parties at school is changing, so he needs one by now. It has been years since I last made my husband a complete suit, so it will take some time to do this again.

The yellow fabric is a waxed denim  which I’m not yet sure of what to make with, and on the bottom a very colourful fabric for a new wintercoat for me.

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Haven’t yet decided on model or pattern, and I guess I’m going to use some black fabric too.

First up is the tuxedo. The pattern has been bought; there was very little choice. Only 2 possibilities. Obviously not so much is sewn for men.

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Catching up

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So it has been 2 weeks since my last post, and I only found out about that this morning. In my mind it wasn’t that long at all.  I haven’t used my computer that much anyway these weeks. After deciding to make some changes in my life, I find it hard to find my own rythm, and apparantly I have to find a way to make time for blogging. I really want to keep doing this; it is so nice to share what I’m doing, and to read your comments.

In my previous post I’ve shown these fabrics too, but then with 2 skeins of yarn; so now you can see what I made with them.

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A pair of socks for my mom. She is originally from the province of Zeeland, and the design on these socks is inspired by the fabrics used for the costumes in this province. My mom is having a hard time right now, so I thought it would be a nice idea to make her these. She always has cold feet; unfortunately a quality she has passed on to me.

The pattern and wool can be found here, (but only in Dutch)

Last time I also showed fabrics I was going to make blouses from. Bad luck for one of them. Mr. Murphy was sitting right next to me when I was making the first blouse (with the light fabric), and after undoing seam after the seam, the fabric became so damaged, I didn’t have any other choice than to stop with that blouse. I’ll keep the fabric to see if I can use it for smaller projects, but it will never become a blouse.

Better luck with the red one.

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I’m really happy with how it turned out.The fabric is woven in a beautiful soft way, and I’m guessing this will be one of my favourite garments this fall. On it I’ve use quite large pinkish buttons.

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And last but not least: today is ‘Lappendag’, a large market held every year. I’ve posted about this before, but that was a long time ago. Today I found samples for curtains. Not that I’m going to make new curtains, but I’m having lots of ideas for these.

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The fabric on the left is going to be used for a new pillow for Fleur, who has already destroyed the las pillow I made her.

P.S. Usually I answer your comments, and I’m really sorry I didn’t do that this time. I appreciate it so much, when you leave a comment! I’ll try to behave better this time.

Groetjes, Dorien

Little Update

Today was really the best day this year; for the first time we were able to go out without socks, warm coat and big scarf. The first time in year this is possible is always so great. So this morning I jumped on my bike, to go and watch my son playing a tennis match. And I saw this typical Dutch phenomenon: everywhere were people on their bike, going for a ride, enjoying the warmth and the sun.

Because I was longing for this day last week, I thought it might help to bring some sunny happiness into my stash:

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There is this idea in my mind to make a toiletry bag out of these, but I’m not sure about the pattern yet. It will need to have a lot of pockets, and a large compartment for full size bottles. Any ideas??

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Something I’ve been working on:

Hexagons:

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Don’t think this is going to be another afghan, but you never know.

I want to thank everyone who visited this little corner in blog-land; a lot of you have become follower and that is really great. Thank you!!

Groetjes, Dorien

Fabric Candy

Let me start with saying “Thank You” to all you lovely ladies who left a comment on my last post. This time I just didn’t have the time to respond to you personally. Some people in my extended family are quite ill, and that means a lot of worries and travelling.

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Last Sunday, my husband and I took some time off, and we went to a market with only fabrics. More than 150 booths with all kinds of fabric, very cheap, to more expensive, upholstery, fashion fabrics, patchwork fabrics; you name it!

The little owls you see above, are on a piece of cotton I just couldn’t resist…. nor could I a few other cottons:

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Doesn’t this make you happy?!

But that wasn’t the only fabric I bought.

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These fabrics I’m going to use for some new clothes for myself;

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The fabric on the left is from Missoni, an Italian firm with really fabulous designs. This zigzag pattern is one of their signature designs, and I really love it. I’m going to mix it with the limegreen woolen fabric on the right.

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This fabric is just so beautiful; this picture doesn’t do it justice at all! It is a blend of wool and silk, and it feels so soft and luxurious. So when I asked the man who was helping in the booth, if I could see this fabric (it was on a shelf quite high!), he didn’t just get it, but he gave me a look, asked if I was sure, and only after that he gave me the fabric. Now I was even more sure I wanted it. When I asked how much it costs, he wanted me first to say what I wanted to make with it. ‘A short, straight skirt’ I answered. Now that was okay. If I had said I wanted to make a coat with it, he wouldn’t have sold the fabric to me. Why?? Because it costs 80 euros, ($104.00) per meter.  I’ve never bought fabric this expensive before, and I must admit it is a bit intimidating. I guess I just have to test a pattern, before using it on this fabric.

Groetjes, Dorien