Category Archives: Flowers

Finished quilttop (almost)

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the quilt I was making. A landscape quilt with a little river, some mountains, a house, a tree and a sun. The top is now almost finished. The only thing left to do is embroider names and a date, and because I can’t show those, this is the last moment I can make pictures to show.

The first thing added since last time was a little bird.


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The cows moved to the left bank of the river and I decided that the little pigs and lambs had to be left out of the quilt. Then the flowers and leaves were drawn, cut and put on.

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Every flower and leave has been sewn and there is a little embroidery too.

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(You can click on the image to enlarge to see more detail.) Everything is stitched now, including the mountains and the sun.


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And then one last picture, of the complete quilttop.

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This is an order from one of my neighbours. His daughter is getting married and this is going to be his gift to her.  All elements are what he asked for. Now he wants me to embroider both names and the date of the wedding and after that I can make a proper quilt out of it with a back and some batting. I’m not going to quilt a lot, just a few lines.

Groetjes, Dorien



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



Flowers everywhere

 

Looks a bit like flowers, doesn’t it? Lots and lots of circles, but put together like this, I think they even would be lovely as a corsage. Just add a few leaves!

I’m not going to make flowers of them, and as soon as I can, I’ll show you what it’s going to be. The only clue I can give right now, is that I’m using one of my own patterns…..

This beauty is in my front yard. And since a couple of years I had the idea to ‘watch’ the blossom grow. This year finally I thought of it in time, and for a period of almost 2 weeks I made a picture every day.

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I hope the flowers will be this gorgeous for a couple of days, because it’s over far too soon every year. The smell is wonderful too.

The path under the tree is the one we have to use when we go out on our bikes; every day several times. And the branches of the tree are now so heavy, that we all have to bend over pretty deep to get through. But I’m not going to cut them as one of the boys suggested.

If you haven’t done it yet, there’s still a bit time to join the little give away!

Groetjes, Dorien

This time I did it right!

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This week I finished another flower scarf. I guess I always have one on the needles, but it is just so much fun to make one of these, that I just keep going on making them.

Last week I told you about the fiasco of the knitting needle organizer. I also said I would try again; so I did, and this time it all worked out fine.

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Indeed a little pile of three! The one in the middle you know is my own, and the one on the bottom is the new organizer made with the red Tartan.

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For the inside this time no flowers, but a different fabric:

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And because I like making these so much, I made another one in a totally different kind of style.

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Next week I’m going on a holiday, and after I come back, one of these organizers will be in the shop, as will the flower scarf.

Groetjes, Dorien

Spring Flowers and Autumn Acorns

This time I have an update on two finished projects. Both were put on hold because of the Flowers and Swirls Scarf. But now that that one is finished, I could work on these two.

The first one is another Flowers Scarf. This time I used pink/red tulips, oxeyed daisies and bluebells.

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These are always so much fun to make. Of course it is in the shop.

The next project to be finished, only needed less than an hour. All I had to do was to make the strap for the Green Acorn Bag.

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I had a few acorns left from one of the scarves I made, so I added them as a little extra on the front, to give it even more an Autumn look.

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The back with the homemade ribbon.

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Inside a pocket with a zipper.

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And two pockets on the front of the bag.

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Again it was a challenge to mix and match the fabrics, but I’m quite happy with the result.

Both the scarf and the bag are in my shop.

Groetjes, Dorien

Purple Tulips

 

The tulips I showed you last post, made me think of another flower scarf.

I used the same idea as last year, so oxeye daisies, bluebells and tulips, but instead of pink, I used purple shades for the tulips.

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These scarves always make me so happy!’

Now available in the shop

Groetjes, Dorien

Spring, tulips and colour circles

Hello! Thank you for all your nice comments on Bubbles! I made it for a swap, so I had to send it away and that was hard because I like the quilt so much. But, that’s part of the game, isn’t it?

We are enjoying some lovely spring weather. The sun is shining abundantly, and the world really looks so much happier that way. There’s only one thing not so nice about it; it shows that I really have to clean my windows!

Last Thursday was International Womensday, and because of that my host-son surprised me with a huge bouquet of tulips. How great is that?

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It is even after 6 months every day a joy to have him around.

The colour-circle quilts are finished. I quilted them in the ditch.

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The binding is dark blue (thank you for the advice!); again a batik, but with dotted circles in different shades of blue.

They are hanging on our freshly painted white walls, and I’m really very happy with them.

Groetjes, Dorien

A Fresh Start

 

Every year I am wondering if I should make some new resolutions for the coming year. If I do, I’m usually far too optimistic. So this year, I’m not making resolutions, but I wrote down a few plans and ideas. No goals!! Just something to look at when I’m not having any inspiration.

One of the first ideas I wrote down, is to make new patterns. I really love to do that; the idea in my head, trying to figure out how to make something out of yarn or fabric, the errors which have to be taken care of, the surprises which happen when trying out something, trying to put the whole idea/pattern into something comprehensible, the testing.

So that is what I’m doing this week. Again I had an idea with flowers and variegated yarn.

First I had to make a chart for the flowers.

Not the best possible picture, but I guess you get the idea.

I’m using the variegated yarn as the main colour, and an off-white solid as contrasting colour.

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So far it is working out perfectly.
To be continued!

Groetjes, Dorien

Flowers wrapping around my neck

Somehow this hasn’t been the best of summers this year. So no wonder I’m already in the mood to make scarves and cowls. Remember the cowl I was working on a few weeks ago. It is finished and I’ve written the pattern.

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I really love the way all the different colours blend and make a harmonious piece. I called this pattern “Sissinghurst Garden”. Why? Because Vita Sackville-West was the first woman, to create gardens based on colour. She did that on her estate “Sissinghurst” and they are still open to visit. Because the outcome of this pattern is completely determined by the colours used, and because of all the flowers in the pattern, I thought this would be a great name.

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Right now I’m testing the pattern I’ve written, and this time I’m using green shades. Only green shades, so it is becoming a completely different kind of cowl. I hope to finish it this week, and to have the pattern in the shop in time to be able to finish a cowl before fall starts and it gets colder.

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Groetjes, Dorien

Transitions

 

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Hello! I’m squeezing in a bit of time to make a blog post. Since I started making a cowl, I’m knitting almost all day. It is so much fun to see how it is growing into something I really like. But first I want to show you something else, but a bit the same too.

The picture above is a detail of a scarf I made last month. The pattern is based on an old 18th century embroidery pattern, which I found in the library. I changed it a little bit, in order to make it longer, a bit like a garland. That way it would be perfect for a scarf.

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The squares I added, because the scarf would otherwise become very sweet and romantic, also because of the colours I used. With the triangles with squares on both ends of the scarf, I had the idea it became a bit more contemporary.

The whole scarf is knitted with only two colours of Drops Delight (06 and 14). Because of the colour transitions it looks as if a lot more colours are used.

The same happens with the cowl I’m making. I started with the same embroidery pattern, but since it is for a cowl, which is knitted in the round, a lot more adjustments had to be made. Basically, I had to redesign the whole pattern. Again I’m using two colours of Drops delight(12 and 09).

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It’s obviously not blocked yet, but the way it is turning out is so great. I just can’t put it aside to do whatever else I should do. Now the big challenge comes. The bottom is quite wide, and to make it warm and cosy around the neck, I have to decrease the number of stitches. To do this in pattern, is not too easy, but I want this so much to work out, that I keep sketching and counting and drawing and erasing everything and starting over, just until I get it right.

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Groetjes, Dorien