Monday, October 23, 2017

CatchPhrase V - Z

CatchPhrase is a journaling challenge at Daisy Yellow. Tammy gave us 26 prompts to work in our own pace. Read all about this challenge at Daisy Yellow.

I finished CatchPhrase in the beginning of the month, but there was no time to take photos of the finished journal and blog about them. So here are the last pages and the finished book.
CatchPhrase V: concentric
CatchPhrase W: stripes
CatchPhrase X: Lemon/Lime
CatchPhrase Y: postcard
I found this postcard a few months ago in an old book at my parents’ house.
It was sent to me in 1967!
CatchPhrase Z: stretched
Buiten spelen is Dutch for play outside.
On the last page I added an index with the prompts.
I’m happy with my first handbound book filled with pretty spreads!
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Alphabet sampler

It’s been a long time since I wrote a blogpost, life is throwing me some curveballs. Luckily I remembered this unfinished alphabet sampler. It was just what I needed: mindless stitching and not thinking what to stitch next.
And here’s how it looks now, it’s almost finished.
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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Randje 96 & 99

I finished the last borders for Randje per week 2015. Of course there were more borders to stitch, but I didn’t like them all. Now I have one page left for the borders I found in books/magazines and the ones I drew myself.
randje 96 & 99
Page 11
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Randje 99

I’m almost finished with the last border for Randje per week 2015! More info about this SAL at Randje per week.
Randje 99
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Zigzag coral stitch

TAST stitch 95 is zigzag coral stitch. TAST stands for Take A Stitch Tuesday, an embroidery challenge at Pin Tangle. Another great stitch to add to my pretty fabric sampler. I used perle 5 for the zigzag coral stitch and DMC precious metal effects for the French knots.
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Monday, September 18, 2017

CatchPhrase T & U

CatchPhrase is the new challenge at Daisy Yellow, perfect to keep the journaling-flow going after ICAD! Tammy gave us 26 prompts to work in your own pace. I planned to do a prompt every other day, so I have time to do some stitching on the other days. Read all about this challenge at Daisy Yellow.

It was a busy week, so I only had time for 2 promts. Prompt T is  space age. I made this collage on the day Cassini ended his mission.
Prompt U is synonyms. I used Dutch synonyms for see/look to practise my hand lettering.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Embroidery on leaves

Last week I experimented with embroidery on fresh leaves. After the first photo I put them ‘back’ on their original place. I used 2 threads of stranded floss for my stitches.
Chevron stitch on an Eucalyptus leaf.
Whipped wheels on the leaves of our Helleborus.
Straight stitch, running stitch and pistil stitch on a Mahonia Media leaf.

My leaves after 5 days. It was a fun experiment, maybe I try it on dried leaves next time.
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Monday, September 11, 2017

CatchPhrase R & S

CatchPhrase is the new challenge at Daisy Yellow, perfect to keep the journaling-flow going after ICAD! Tammy gave us 26 prompts to work in your own pace. I planned to do a prompt every other day, so I have time to do some stitching on the other days. Read all about this challenge at Daisy Yellow.

Prompt R is layers. I used a piece of handmade paper, 3 cards, a playing card, postage stamps and an ATC background. I received them in swaps over the years. There’s a video of this spread here.
the first layer
the second layer
the third layer
the fourth layer
the last layer
Prompt S is library/book. The quote is Dutch for: People are like books. The outside is usually different from the story inside.
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Randje 80 & 89

I’m still working on my borders for Randje per week 2015. More info about this SAL at Randje per week.
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

CatchPhrase N-Q

CatchPhrase is the new challenge at Daisy Yellow, perfect to keep the journaling-flow going after ICAD! Tammy gave us 26 prompts to work in your own pace. I planned to do a prompt every other day, so I have time to do some stitching on the other days. Read all about this challenge at Daisy Yellow.

I made a collage for prompt N: arrow.
Prompt O is postage, a great excuse to use some of the stamps I got from my DH.
Prompt P is mix tape. I made a collage with magazine clippings, stickers and music tape.
Prompt Q is tropical. I made another collage and used my hand carved fish stamp again.
 And a detail of prompt Q. I like making these faces!
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

It’s a Teesha Rainbow – patches from Naomi and Sher

I’m participating in a series of swaps for Teesha Moore inspired patches with a rainbow colour. These are the pretty patches I received for the yellow, green and blue swap.
Patches made by Naomi and Sher
These yellow patches are made by Naomi, our swap host. I like the ‘redwork’ rose and machine made crazy patch.
Yellow patches made by Naomi.
The green and blue patches are made by Sher, who told me she’s a very beginner embroidery.
Green patches made by Sher.
Sher made a few neat French knots and woven wheels on the blue patches.
Blue patches made by Sher.
My blue patches are still travelling to Paula in the USA. I hope they arrive soon, so I can share them.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

CatchPhrase j-m

CatchPhrase is the new challenge at Daisy Yellow, perfect to keep the journaling-flow going after ICAD! Tammy gave us 26 prompts to work in your own pace. I planned to do a prompt every other day, so I have time to do some stitching on the other days. Read all about this challenge at Daisy Yellow.

Repeat/repeat/repeat is prompt J. I just repeated my interpretation of the repeat prompt from ICAD. It was fun to use the Universe tutorial again!
Bold is prompt K. I made this spread to remember a special day.
Symbols (or code) is prompt L. I made a yoga inspired collage.
Three words is prompt M. Houdt het simpel is Dutch for keep it simple.
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Friday, August 25, 2017

Randje 78 & 79

I’m still working on my borders for Randje per week 2015. More info about this SAL at Randje per week.
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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Socks for my daughter

This photo has the correct colours.
I finally finished my first pair of socks. I knitted them  for my oldest daughter. It took me more than a year!
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Monday, August 21, 2017

CatchPhrase g-i

CatchPhrase is the new challenge at Daisy Yellow, perfect to keep the journaling-flow going after ICAD! Tammy gave us 26 prompts to work in your own pace. I planned to do a prompt every other day, so I have time to do some stitching on the other days. Read all about this challenge at Daisy Yellow.

Colorful is prompt G. I made a collage with magazine clippings. Groen, blauw and oranje are Dutch for green, blue and orange.
House is prompt H. I made a collage with painted book pages, magazine clippings, embroidery and stickers.
Definition is prompt i. I used a quote to practise my hand lettering. This page is inspired by my journal page Als ik uit het raam kijk.
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Saturday, August 19, 2017

It’s a Teesha Rainbow - GREEN

I’m participating in a series of swaps for Teesha Moore inspired patches with a rainbow colour. Green is the 4th swap and we made 2 patches for our partners.
On my first patch I used Sorbello stitch (TAST stitch 88) and French knots. I secured the edge with running stitch. The thread is DMC perle 5 color variations.
My second patch is made of different green strips. I couched knitting yarn at the seams in stranded floss and added a glass bead. The edge is secured with cross stitches in stranded floss.
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