Tuesday, March 26, 2013

March SAL Ornament

I've already shown you a preview of my ornament but here it is fully stitched! I so enjoyed this one because of the lively colours and the funny design!

Happy Owl-O-Ween by Barbara Ana

In the meanwhile I'm stitching on another Halloween piece that I've started two weeks ago - right after Creativa Brussels because I purchased the linnen and it was already on my wish/stitch list for a long time. It's "Sleepy Hollow" from Cricket Collection. My only concern is that I will be able to finish it off in the panel form (I've never done lacing before).

I'm waiting for some special threads to stitch the roof of the Van Tassel farm and
the tree next to it so I started on the middle panel "The Hunt"

The next thing I would like to stitch would be "Ladie's Night" also from the Cricket Collection or "Bewitching Trio" from The Needle's Notion.

Hmmm ... it's always great to make plans (it looks like I'm in a Halloween mood - maybe because of all that snow and grey weather)! ;-)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Printers tray or "Casier d'Imprimeur"

Hello all,

I promised you recently to give you some more details about my plans for the printer trays I have.

I still need to do their cleaning and begin with the stitching but at least I've found some perfect designs to use for 1 tray (I have 2 "big ones" and 2 small ones). I think I can fill at least one third or even half of it.

So which ones did I chose? Well, I adore the charts from Isabelle Vautier and I've opted for her "Le Grand Marquoir des Arbres de Vie" which includes the entire alphabet and 28 other "trees" that I can use - of course in my own colour scheme :-).

Maybe I'll incorporate some of her other charts from her "Grand Marquoir" as well ... It was published as a freebie and you can still find all six parts here.

The rest of the designs is still to be determined but I think I'll use a mix of lovelies from Isabelle Vautier and Renato Parolin (books and others) which I'll be stitching over one on a 32-count

Tomorrow I'm heading off to a book fair and I'm curious if I'll be finding interesting things :-).

Have a nice weekend!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Harry Potter in Lego

Hi all,

It doesn't always has to be embroidery related things :-).

I discovered via an article in one of our newspapers a Harry Potter Hogwarth's Castle entirely made of LEGO ... A 38-year old school teacher named Alice Finch worked for almost a year on this project!

Welcome to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This version of Hogwarts is made of about 400,000 bricks and took 12 months to build. It is designed to be architecturally accurate and completely playable. It breaks into sections that pack into 40 large flat boxes or shelves.

All pictures to be found on Flickr or on YouTube



Wow! I can only imagine the time, effort and money that went into this!

See you all tomorrow ... where I'm going to explain a little bit more on my stitching plans for the "casier d'imprimeur" or "printer's tray" :-)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Créativa Bruxelles 2013

Hi all,

Each year I'm looking forward to the first big craft fair of the year in Belgium = Creativa.

This year I decided to do things slightly different and go to the "Nocturne edition" - which is on Friday evening - instead of Saturday and I wasn't disappointed ... no crowd, all the "shops" were easily accessible and lots of time to browse and look for the things I needed :-).

The only negative thing I can think of when comparing with last year was that there weren't many new shops to discover and that it was in another hall than usual (which gives it another feeling in my opinion).

Something I also discovered a couple of days before was the theme of the quilt exhibition to be held = a number of Dear Jane quilts (mostly from Belgium and a couple of the Netherlands and the USA) was on exhibition! As I'm planning on making one (not in a near future) this caught my interest as well!

Here's an impression:

Entrance and "Les Jardins de Nana" where I bought some linnen fabric

Ric rac and other trims (left) and Michael Powel cross stitch kits (right)
The Quiltmania booth with last years Mystery Quilt from Yoko Saito
Some other quilts on display in the hall:

I particularly liked this one because it's clear that much time and detail went into this one
(pitty that I didn't think of taking a picture of the creator's name).

I loved the left quilt -the border was quilted in a Sashiko pattern
("fiche technique" available from France Patchwork)
 A couple of Japanese quilts (the left one is from a Quiltmania issue)

The Dear Jane exhibit:

Just love the background fabrics used in these two ... instant antique look and feel!

Two opposites (the pink DJ was quilted in an interesting way.

Different but alike - or vice versa :-)?

Very colourfull and bold (the right one is from the USA)

Two of my favourites : the left one is heavily quilted and breathes spring just as the right one.

"Delft blue" ... really appealed to me! Only made in two colours but oh so strong!

Green = Ireland!
Christmas Janes!
Winter White ... I love that border!
So what did I buy ... Can you believe I forgot to take a picture of my treasures?!
Here's the online version:

Linnen for three designs that I want to embroider shortly:

Zweigart 32ct vintage green and a grey-purple

Just Nan Twilight Pearls Leaf Ball

Zweigart 32ct vintage ivory or cream for the Just Nan Hoppington Hill cube

Blue 12ct linnen from Texarmor = a French manufacturer (cheaper than Zweigart but same quality)
Border and background fabric for a small quilt I'm working on
Chart and book:
UB-Design "Spaziergang durch unser Dorf" and Isabelle Vautier "Kokeshi ..."
Stille in "afterglow" ;-)!