zondag 13 augustus 2017

and some more ...

When you start and the going is GOOD
why stop ?

So here are more felted shells.

(I'm not the only one :
lots of other participants of  
Corinna Nitschmann 's on-line course
did exactly the same and felted several shells !)

For this one I used black (Bergschaf ?? but not very good)
mixed with glittering "Angelina" fibers
and little bits if green and yellow
(that my dear friend Birgit dyed and gave me)

The black fibers were very short,
made lousy felt and kept coming off in the process.

(we have some more ... but it will be difficult where to use it !)

Some stitches, with linen thread, to secure the folded top.

It shrunk very good    ....    and the next spiral one. 

(I secured the top of the spiral ones with invisible thread)

And this wonderful shell was done by Nature

and a talented person !!!

(NO, not me ... daughter brought it home for me
from some Festival !)

Ahhhh, and I totally forgot
to show the wonderful little bum bag daughter made
out of an old leather shirt !

(also a talented person !)


Last but not least : some visitors in the garden

Small, but beautiful !

vrijdag 11 augustus 2017

complicated ...

Veins in an oak leaf

nature did a good job creating this intricate "road map"
for every single leaf in the little oak tree
that's still, for now, in our garden.
(a jay planted it ...)

It had fallen off and had been in puddle of water
dissolving the chlorophyll, leaving only the veins.

Why do droplets stay on these leaves ?
(I think it's because of the way the surface of these leaves is made
with many many tiny hairs)

So many different forms in flowers

looking simple, but in fact complicated

Nature is a great artist !

The last felted objects I made,
the wrist warmers, were not very complicated
A simple straight form, with just a hole for the thumb.
Just fun to make ...

... and fun to stitch on.


when I saw something really complicated
on the blog that was made for the on-line felting course
I HAD to try it !

NOT easy ...
but worth the effort !!!

and NATURE did it first !!!
(and what a lovely house to live in ...)

donderdag 3 augustus 2017

tell me a dragon ...

That is the title of a wonderfully illustrated
someone I admire a lot !

These last few days I SEWED a dragon

A dragon costume
for the youngest grandson !
(they're going to "Castle Fest" again)
Daughter had been working on the costume of the eldest
so I was the "aid group" for the youngest
(the middle one already had something he wants to wear)

We took the "knight" outfit I once made,
looked up a lot on Pinterest,
and daughter made a little sketch
to show how she liked it

Her idea for the head was to use a cap inside,
(the "Minions" cap that grandson loves to wear)
I also had the "old" knight's helmet pattern.

On the Saturday-market in Rotterdam I bought some green cotton
and some glittery fabric.
But I went again to buy some more green
(because the glitter wasn't the right colour ...)
but they didn't have that with them that day
so I bought something else :
really WILD soft tricot : with black and yellow drops on green background,
BUT the backside was quite nice !!! 

Ears, part of the mouth, points for the head and the back ...
(thick fiberfill : stash from the old "quilting-days")

I decided to make the head without the his cap,
in fact making a new "cap", the sturdy bit will be the mouth
(it's got plastic inside !)

HA ... a bit like "Darth Vader" (uhhhhm Green Vader !)
(you can see the "wild" inside here ...)

points for the back  .....  and my clever tool to turn it !
(got the tool from a friend : these surgical pliers are thrown away !!! 
because buying new is cheaper than sterilize them .... ???)

Attaching the points on the back of the (still) open shirt :
half with the machine, half by hand.

Diner-time ...
but still wings to make

But then daughter arrived
to tell they're not going to the party tomorrow ...
but on Sunday !

Ahhhhh ... BIG time for a show !!!


(the pants are at home : daughter made them,
just like his favorite sweatpants !)

(LOL he was a lot louder, after this first picture was taken  ;-) ...!)

They went home (with the head)
and I finished the wings and sewed them on the back of the shirt.
Done !

zondag 30 juli 2017

new felt

Some of the hand dyed wool
we bought in Hoorn
is now used to make something new :
wrist warmers
(like the ones I made some time ago)

(wool with silk)

(these were the ones I made at Katia Mokeyeva's workshop)

And because it is such fun
(and because there is more hand dyed wool in our stash)
there came another pair


Luckily creativity runs in the family !

Granddaughter bought some simple black shoes ...

Now they're not simple anymore, but 

With the use of a white Posca pen, a lot of time and her skills
she changed them into these !!!

(she's got talent !)

I the garden things keep changing
lots of pinks again.

Though the heavy rains of the last few days
aren't very nice to the phlox
and they all hang their heads,  heavy with raindrops

In our "green" water next to the garden
the coots are having their nth bunch of youngsters ...

(four on the day before yesterday ...
today I saw only three !)

woensdag 26 juli 2017

playing with colour

Ohhhh, I've been planning to do this for soooo long
and never came to it ...
(until now)

Perhaps all the wonderful stuff
gave me the last push

I know :
I love all the natural dying stuff I see and hear about
(surely after that indigo workshop)
I don't have enough room ( and pans, electric hob)
nor do I have the skills (and recipes)
to do so successfully.
So I stuck to the "good old" Procion dye
(I did that with a good friend some years ago)

Preparing the dye (with mouth cap and gloves)

Strands of cotton and silk waiting on cling film.

First one . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . then a lot more
waiting for 24 hours.

First harvest of the wonderful silk
(looks like normal cotton embroidery floss :
only 8 strands instead of 6,
and thinner !)


Started with the second batch today !