Saturday, November 21, 2009

Small sewing case

This Thursday I will be leaving for Bangor/Wales and I want to tell you something before that.

I am feeling better and lost my vertigo this week. Thank you so much all of you who sent me best wishes for recovering. You really helped me out of it!

I will be back on the middle of January 2010 and intend to have a good holiday from work and stress.

I will enjoy sketching and getting inspired. I always do when I'm abroad.

This is a small piece I did in my last workshop for demonstration purposes. I just want to have a photo to this post.





Sunday, November 8, 2009

Fish Pillow


































This is a fish pillow I did with a face I made some time ago and was lying around in my studio.

At the moment I have a kind of dizziness and doctors cannot tell what it is. It isn't anything bad because I made all kind of tests and they were all negative but I cannot work on my things like before.

I will wait till I come back from Wales mid January to try to update my blog and begin once more to work with a system...

Please excuse my disappearance for a while.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Link

I would like to link you to a wonderful video Susan Lenz did from my studio.

It is much better than all my photos to get an idea of the place! Thanks, Susan!


















There is also a very nice story about her stay at my place, our visit to Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic and our trip to the awesome fabric shop near my farm.

If you don't recognize what I have in the hand on the photo, that's my cellphone's case.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Flu...

I am very sorry about neglecting my blog for a while.

I had work to do and after that I got the flu (not the swine one I suppose but a dizzy one...).

I will be back...

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sheep-in-Sheeps-Clothing

This little sheep is not a pattern from me but you can find it in Ravelry.

It was so cute I couldn't resist and knitted this one for my grand daughter.














Now in its clothes...

 
 
It is a free pattern from Frankie Brown, who does wonderful things.

KIVA

I just made a loan to someone in Togo using a wonderful  website called Kiva.





I discovered the site in the blog of a fellow blogger.

In Kiva's website you can lend to someone across the globe who needs a loan for their business - like raising goats, selling vegetables at market or making bricks.  Each loan has a picture of the entrepreneur, a description of their business and how they plan to use the loan so you know exactly how your money is being spent - and you get updates letting you know how the entrepreneur is going.
       
The best part is, when the entrepreneur pays back their loan you get your money back or use it for another loan (I like this idea because you can give a small loan once and use the same amount over and over)- and Kiva's loans are managed by microfinance institutions on the ground who have a lot of experience doing this, so I suppose you can trust that your money is being handled responsibly.

I made a loan to Adjo Solomé in Togo.  I liked her immediately because she's working with a sewing machine!















I love the internet because you can do things like this directly now.

I checked the site for its credibility as much as I could and you should do this too before giving some loan so that you feel good about it!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Dragon shawl

Anneli and me are are totally into sock wool knitting! After she created the African Impression shawl I took the idea further and did some changes in the pattern getting as a result a Dragon Shawl that has some scales in the middle. I loved this because it helps to give structure to the piece. I also did some points at the end of the piece.

 
  


Bird Bag

 
This is a rather strange piece I did for carrying my cell phone and some tools with me while working.

 
 It was actually an exercise on bonding wool/felt/knitting with the embellisher and I must admit I was very happy with the result and possibilities.
  
 The idea came from a book I have with South American indian bags. They used to knit this kind of bags with small pockets for carrying amulets (I suppose a cell phone is a modern amulet...)

 
 I made some pockets and took some pictures of the layers of knitting.
I specially like the last one (the one for the cell phone) for the way the knitting turns into felt.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Sophies gift

My daughter Sophie made this gift for her friend. She always likes to give gifts made by herself.

I loved the idea and wanted to share it with you.




























Monday, September 7, 2009

Anneli's African Short Rows Shawl

My friend Anneli from Bockfilz had this terrific idea. She's experimenting with sock yarn and using it in very interesting ways.

I had to try this too because it is such an inventive idea!

It looks quite different depending on the yarn you use. I used an Opal Hundertwasser one and she used a Colori from Italian Style.























I hope she's going to write the pattern.

Spinning Spools Holder



















 
My husband made this spinning spools holder for my spinning wheel. 
I wanted to share it with you because it's such a good idea!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

And now back to the embellisher

This is also the second step of the cord I spun and knitted.

I added some medaillons made with the embellisher. My favourite birds...























I made the birds the way I make all my pieces but I added an extra padding to the back and sewed them to the cord:






















I did the same thing with the medaillon. Here I added a button I bought in England. Love it!






















Here you can see a close up of the scary bird! :-) I used a silk fabric for the body and also some silk fibers for the background.

Some more spinning...

This is to show how far I'm with my spinning and knitting with the pastel coloured wool.
 
It looks like an octopus, growing in all directions.



















I like the way the colours form a pattern. I'm just spinning a wool piece after the other. What I mean is that I'm not carding the colours all together. This creates a kind of variegated wool.

The true Emma

I was talking about my Emma crochet piece and I just come back from visiting my daughter and I found an Emma throw at her house I had forgotten about.

Now I can show you a photo of a finished piece. Mine is going to take long to be finished because I'm working on many different projects...


 
You can see the way it works if you do the grids in coloured stripes and after that weave the wool also "stripe wise" but in the other direction:
 

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Continuing...

Now you can see more of the pullover I'm knitting.

Today I did the stitching and embellishing on it:
















Emma - free pattern - Ultimative recycling throw! KAL

I am working on a throw I learned to do as I was five. Of course at that point I did it for a doll. Emma, the Swiss lady who taught me the technique was known for these pieces that were made for everybody, for baby beds or for king size ones. For the babies she used a band of satin to cover the edges and I can remember the feeling of it in my fingers when I laid down to sleep. I cuddled in the throw and wrapped my fingers in the satin border.

I did a small piece for you to see the result. I notices, that while Emma used just wool strands to weave in the holes, I could use all my old fabrics I want to recycle for this task!




















And here is the way you do it: free pattern

You make a grid of double crochet.
1st Row: you make a chain of a multiple of 2 + 1. Each time you turn you make 4 chains (counts as dc, ch1) 2nd Row and all other rows: *1dc, 1ch* ending with 1 dc.

The idea is that you make rows in different colors the way I'm doing in this throw:
























e.g. I began with 3 rows in brown, dann 1R in brown/white, 4R in red, 3R in white, you get it...
using all those wool rests you have in your stash.

When the moment comes to weave in the fabric stripes (about 1"/2,5cm wide) or the wool strands (about 7 strands of wool cut in the length of the throw + about 10-15cm), you will weave in 3 rows of brown fabric or wool, 1 row of a brown/white print or brown/white wool, 4 rows of red fabric or wool, 3 rows of white fabric or wool, etc. You can of course use printed fabrics that have an overall brown, white, red or whatever appeal.

At the end you will have a check throw!!

The outcome of my combination of materials will be seen in the photo I'll take when I'm finished.

I will keep you informed of the progress!

Does somebody want to join? It would be a nice KAL!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

When you begin to spin you can't stop...

...and because of that I saw a bunch of wool in pastel colours I bought in Italy during my workshop there.

They used a natural dye for it.

Here is the wool and the result.






















...nearer...

 
I love knitting squares. I spun the wool mixing colours all the time while spinning. I didn't card them. The result was similar to the one using sock wool.
I don't know yet what this will be.
I casted on 29 stitches and used a needle 4 (metric) / US 6.

The beginning of a necklace

This is the beginning of a necklace I planned yesterday.

I saw an film where King Lear had a metal one that inspired me to try it in textile.




















 As I want to do something done by me from the beginning, I took some wool in light and dark purple. I will also use a purple yarn to spin together with the wool.




I spun the light purple first...


 
...and after that the dark purple. I wound them on cones.



I put the three cones in a box and used knitting needles to fix them there.























I began to knit the yarn...









...and as I was finished I had something like this:















To be continued... (I will combine all this with the embellisher and stitching)

Friday, August 28, 2009

Request

 

I was asked to show once more my wool storage and I thought it could be a nice color spot on this new blog.
I used conserve glasses for 1lt I bought some years ago. At that time I filled them with fruits and vegetables but now I don't seem to have time enough to do this... I am happy they had a revival!

Reading...





I'm reading the book "Die Kunst des stilvollen Verarmens" from Alexander von Schönburg. It is a real pity they don't have it in English. Translated the title is "The art of sinking into poverty with style". The author is a member of the European nobility, a brother to Gloria von Thurn und Taxis.
I love the way he depicts the contemporary situation in the world and what is absolutely necessary in life... or not.

It is exactly the way I think. We are told we need so many dispensable things and we just lose time and money.

I think we only need time to do all the wonderful things we'd like to do. And we already have all the material we need to make them!! This is really good news! We just need to open the eyes and dive in the world of creative discovery.


If you have 12 minutes...

liked this...

Mimi Kirchner's dolls

I love this video!

It is so interesting to see the life and work of an artist.

The internet offers such wonderful possibilities!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Small "Urchfont" piece










I was at Urchfont last month with the ladies of my internet group. I did this small piece combining all bits and pieces I had taken with me. My luggage had to be light and this doesn't allow to transport my studio with me!

This is perhaps a good example of the way I want to see my work in the future. In the theory. I want to use what I have at home and I don't want to buy anything more. I already have lots.

There is going to be a shift in the philosophy and in the pace.
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