Three boys and a cooking and cake baking grandma
24 Sep 2017
11 Sep 2017
Lots of thinking and what came out?
which are drawn through a kind of crocheted eyelets and knotted loosely -
I could easily add more pages. There are six at the moment.
Detail of a page - I love the tunnel
.... and the bullion knots over a length of gimp.
It was a wonderful class.
10 Sep 2017
A class with Karen Ruane - Embroidery School - which started in January 2017
I am preparing to bind the six pages together. with the cover
Above the front cover
and below the backside - all sewn by hand -
embroidered and beaded - lace made by machine
painted paper fixed with French knots
A collage with paper and fabric strips, lace, hand and machine embroidery
embellished with my favorite stitches, French knots
Machine-sewn grid over a strip of fabric,
buttonhole stitches around cut-out lace flowers
Various embellishments with silk fabric, edge of a hanky, cutwork and
lace flower (clockwise)
Bumpy bits, gimp cord, scattered octagons, buttonholed machine sewn lace,
bullion knots, embellished grid of octagons
Cross stitched letter from an earlier project, padded scrim embellishment, gimp cords
cutwork, toggles - and all this on a piece of the baptism dress of DD (50 years ago)
Top right: little pocket, hexagon cutworks, beading
Now I will invent some binding of all this.
15 Aug 2017
11 Aug 2017
We are eating raclette - a Swiss meal with potatoes and excellent cheese
and many other things.
The cooked potatoes are covered with cheese and then put under the grill
to melt the cheese.
We are eating in the very original kitchen in an old farmhouse
in the Vosges
And grand-daughter made a quilt after her own idea with fabric scraps
which she found digging in a big bag - I don't through away any
fabric no matter how small.
evening it gifted us with this double rainbow
2 Aug 2017
I am more often posting on Instagram - it is easy and instant
English paper piecing EPP
but I don't forget my blog.
An old square block with the four edges folded in
a little embroidery on it and
in blue and green - water themed. - this is the basting
family is coming from Switzerland and the States
and my work must stand back
new shutters - wooden and painted to fit with the ones
which will stay in place - made of plastic.
English paper piecing EPP
I don't think I would ever place my coffee mug on it
less a ruin - interesting and of medieval times (12th century)
with an added farmhouse of the 19th century (no photo)
But look at this tower and how nature conquers it back
trees are growing on top and ivy is creeping up
The castle is surrounded by a ditch which was
never filled with water
The couple who undertook this enormous work is
living in a small part of the castle - the rest are just walls
And here I am now - in the Vosges and am having this lovely sight.
8 Jul 2017
Fleamarket in France - they call it vide-grenier (empty attic)
I couldn't go past those ties. -
actually DH discovered them - I go to such events
telling to myself: "I hope I won't buy anything"
(a saying which I adopted from old patchwork friend Ulla -
no more among us)
Table and garden chairs in the trailor - 811m altitude
Colours were just asorted wonderfully
light blue and one with black stripes for accent
but had to ask Deanna of http://eclectic-meanderings.blogspot.fr/ for the pattern
I made a bag of ties before but didn't store the pattern
And dear Deanna sent it to me instantly after asking her
The advantage of internet!
She made bags with three ties. I wanted a bit a bigger one
and tried it with four ties.
After pinning and tacking and undoing and again pinning
that is what came out
It is rather solid and sturdy for I used the ties as they were.
We are slowly moving our things from Haute-Saône to the
Vosges into our farmhouse - we want to give up the
"house of renovation" - We feel that it is to far to go to
It is about the fourth loading - we are driving 1 hour
from house to house.
So beautiful! We will spend soon some time here with our children
Same procedure as every year!
17 Jun 2017
A wonderful day - so we could celebrate it - a bit belated - in the garden
And now this rose and cinnia arrangement of friend Edith
The birthday rocket is burning (Edith and me)
There were also Watraud and Theresia with lovely gifts
Many roofs - barns for elephants (we made our jokes about it)
starting from left: Sister - brother - sister in law - me - sister in law
missing is the eldest brother because of very serious illness
and the husband of sister who sadly passed away last year
The empty chair - you know of course - its the photographer's one
DH is always present
here preparing 80 candles - who would get 80 candles ....
Last year he made it for himself - now for me
He is special!
One week earlier my patchwork friends were with us for my anniversary
We had so much fun and weather was as fine as the Sunday with the family
A wonderful stuffed bird - my friend Angelika made it
she is making the most wonderful things and offering
them to me
with a table rocket in the middle in pink - how lovely
so sorry no photos - maybe at a later date
And now in France:
I have again time - this UFO will be finished I swear it
- English paper piecing
It is nice to do in the garden - in our French garden
The colours are very strange - but they are as they are....finito!
It was probably in a special mood when I chose the fabrics -
one year ago.
I love everything in this French garden
We will give it up - and sell the house
While stitching in the afternoon I have such lovely sights
The farmhouse in France