27 May 2017

Karlsruhe is celebrating its son - the inventor of the first bike

Karl Freiherr von Drais - the inventor of the first bicycle, the very first
where men sat on a wheel but had to push themselves with their own feet
like the bikes of very small children today
named for his inventor: Draisine

This was in. the year 1817 - This gentleman lived from 29 Aprl 1785 - till 1851
in Karlsruhe but also in Mannheim where he worked,
a town ca. 60 km north of Karlsruhe. 

Karlsruhe is celebrating the 200 years of bicycles for a few days 
and installed two "Big Wheels"
(as I read in my dictionary also called Ferris wheels) representing a bike.

We did not ride it - it is a long and slow affair - stopping and going
good for young people in love.

We saw wonderful  bikes exposed in the park
This one - you see the petals on the front wheel

or this with two large wheels - it could have been for elderly ladies

Wooden wheels and spokes -  The owner posed the wheels himself as a replica
and he carved the seat from wood

He has a museum near Magdeburg (Germany).
and loved to pose for my photo

Another oldfashion-dressed lady

Many people were dressed in the fashion of old times 
It must have been difficult to ride with a long skirt on

Those dressed up people were nice to see

An expert explaining things - also men had old-timer cloths on them

They are on their "walking machines"

A group from France
(Three last photos from Karlsruhe Newspaper).

There was a parade through the town with many people watching

two bikers from Indonesia, Djakarta and Java
About 20 nations took part

People watching the start of the parade - we thought they were waiting 
for something - tickets or entrance - and we came a little late to watch

A bike as high as me ...

Are you biking? We are.....

25 May 2017

Making small things

I am preparing to sew hearts and dotee dolls
smalll things - to have something to give away

I was looking in my scrap basket and found enough to make
about a hundred dotee dolls and up to two hundred hearts
Probably i will stop long before....

The mess is growing when I am searching for embellishments
beads rings sequins threads ribbons felt quilting-thread

Karoline came to life leaning on a big pin pillow 

Then there are red-haired Jabuka (the name means apple in Croatian,
chosen because of the apple fabric)
and the blue-eyed Specky (named for her spectacles)

The peonies from the garden 
they lasted about one week -
now at the slightest bump they drop their petals

16 May 2017

Street sale also known as vide-grenier in France

I did not sell much - a few old silver bracelets
which I wore as a.girl
I decided to separate from those little quilts -
nobody was interested

I thought that people overlooked them and so I hang them up
on the gate - with the second cloudburst they got draining wet 
- and today they are still mine
Quite a disorder on the tables - but this is a fleamarket
A lady was interested in my fabric bundles - she returned once more 
and took another one - a bundle was for 2€ - very bon marché
But I admit I didn't like the fabrics anymore - 

DH is keeping me company - sitting under the sunshade
See the puddle near our table? The rain was so heavy  -  we ran with
plastic foils to cover things up
And used the parasol as an umbrella

Sun came up again  and we were happy to have the sunshade 
in its proper use

DH is playing the piano behind the fence - and what do you think
He earned 1€ - yes 1 Euro -
The potholder grew during those 8 hours in the street ---
and is finished now. - The tablecloth is from - who do I know???
Could be from an aunt - cousin of my mother

8 May 2017

Making a collage from scraps

I am not very happy with it - so I am showing now just part of it
I am adding bit and again cutting off scraps which I don't like
But more in another post.

Originally it was a little stitched picture which I made in Sharon Boggons class
"Studio Journal" several years ago. I like to use things again and change them.


The flamingo fabric was too strong in colour 
so it was cut into pieces - and like that the flamingo enjoys
the water, the lake and the pond

It is this motiv of Vincent Van Gogh which I used also for another embroidery
(below). I liked the swirls of the wind and suns - or are they stars 
and possibly a moon in the dark sky?

I used many stitches from Sharon's "Take a Stitch Tuesday" - which is still running

23 Apr 2017

Greenhouse news

There will be good "effects" in summer and autumn - I hope.

Border creating - my great-great-grandmother would have done that
But she couldn't load it into internet - Not anyone from USA, Japan, Australia
Canada, Germany, France or Spain had the chance to see it
It was kept in cupboards and drawers - and songbooks for the church
...and kept long enough so that some even came down to me together
with crocheting genes.
I am crocheting with perlé 8.

I made a walk alongside the camping ground of our village in France

on this river

 and turning more to the left ---
the bridge

I like the view through the bridge

Cows have a good life 

We have our house in the plane  - at the horizon is the range 
of the Vosges - altitude ca. 1200 m.

20 Apr 2017

Old blooming apple tree against the cloud-loaden sky

Imagine the blossoms slightly pink and you can understand my delight.

In another garden - in Switzerland - a greenhouse is being constructed
Bravo son!

Embroidery school is over but I am still "sitting in the class room"
making borders - I used a stitch from queeniepatch - the Q-stitch
the one in blue. - here is the link: http://queeniepatch.blogspot.fr/search/label/Q%20Stitch
And below in white with red beads - a stitch from Paperjennifer - she has an Instagram tutorial
It is a buttonhole and at the same time scallopping stitch.

I dyed with dandelions. I followed Jude Hill from her blog spiritcloth.
If you want to know more about it here is the link:

A very nice soft yellow

I went into the frontgarden and picked a potful of dandelion flowers.

And then I did what I read on spiritcloth - I cooked the flowers with water  
and put my fabric scrap and a little white thread into it. Jude put some allum
too. I have no experience with this and might try it some day - to see
if there is a difference.

Two days in a jar and out came this little yellow delight -