Monday, July 31, 2017

ICAD 55-61

This year I participated in ICAD (Index Card A Day) again, it was my second time. There was a weekly theme with daily prompts. I shared them on my Facebook blog the day I created them and I wrote a weekly post with more info here. You can find the theme and prompts at Daisy Yellow.

I made a collage for day 55 and used my hand-carved stamp from day 51 again.
Day 55
A quote for day 56, it was just one of those days!
Day 56
I used Tammy's Rainbow Sherbet tutorial for day 57-60.

Acrylic paint for day 57. Lente is Dutch for spring.
Day 57
Coloured pencils, brush pens and embroidery floss for day 58. Zomer is Dutch for summer.
Day 58
And a detail of my backstitches.
Day 58 - detail
Watercolour pencils, brush pens and collage for day 59. Herfst is Dutch for autumn.
Day 59
Gouache, distress ink, a Dymo label and a white marker for day 60.
Day 60
And my complete Rainbow Sherbet.
Rainbow Sherbet
A collage for the last day of ICAD. You can take a closer look at my cards for this year’s ICAD here.
Day 61
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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Crested chain stitch

TAST stitch 93 is crested chain stitch. TAST stands for Take A Stitch Tuesday, an embroidery challenge at Pin Tangle. Today is World Embroidery Day, the perfect day to add this stitch to my pretty fabric sampler.
I stitched a circle in perle 5 and decorated it with French knots. To make a pretty circle I skipped the first tiny chain stitch.
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Monday, July 24, 2017

ICAD 48-54

This year I’m participating in ICAD (Index Card A Day) again, it’s my second time. There’s a weekly theme with daily prompts. I share them on my Facebook blog the day I create them and I’ll write a weekly post with more info here. You can find the theme and prompts at DaisyYellow.

I made a few of these collaged faces a few weeks ago when Tammy of Daisy Yellow shared her collaged faces. This one was perfect for the prompt of day 48.
Day 48
For day 49 I made a collage inspired by the charms on my old bracelet.
Day 49
A drawing for day 50 with doodle patterns.
Day 50
I carved a new stamp and used it on my card for day 51. The prompt was also a great excuse to use my mermaid stamp, which was in my stash for years.
Day 51
I used another handcarved stamp for day 52. I carved this stamp last december, but only shared it at my Facebook blog. I found the text at Pinterest.
Day 52
A blind contour drawing  for day 53. I used a mirror to draw a selfportrait. Kijk in de spiegel is Dutch for look in the mirror. It was my third blind contour drawing, we were challenged by Tammy of Daisy Yellow. You can take a look at my first 2 drawings here.
Day 53
And today I made a collage for day 54. I lived in Amsterdam for 38 years.
Day 54
Only one more week of ICAD!

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Zigzag stitch sampler

A few weeks ago Queeniepatch introduced us to zigzag stitch in her Sunday Stitch School. I made an Aida sampler to give it a try. Last Saturday I only shared the first rows, today I’m going to share the remaining experiments.

In these 2 rows I experimented with the size of the zigzag stitch. The threads are yellow cotton a broder #25 and 2 threads of stranded pink floss.
Here I alternated the size of the zigzag stitch. The thread is perle 12.
Of course I also had to stitch a normal zigzag stitch in perle 8, but . . .
. . . it also looks great if you shift every other row.
I did the same with my alternated experiment in perle 12. I like these rows of bowties, but . . .
 . . . when I shifted every other row it looks even better. Love this variation, it gives a very nice pattern.
And here’s my complete sampler. I enjoyed experimenting with zigzag stitch.
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Monday, July 17, 2017

ICAD 41-47

This year I’m participating in ICAD (Index Card A Day) again, it’s my second time. There’s a weekly theme with daily prompts. I share them on my Facebook blog the day I create them and I’ll write a weekly post with more info here. You can find the theme and prompts at DaisyYellow.

A quote for day 41, a good excuse to practise some hand lettering.
Day 41
A simple drawing for day 42. The lettering was inspired by an ICAD-card at Instagram.
Day 42
The lyrics of the gayatri mantra for day 43, another excuse to practise hand lettering. You can listen to this mantra here.
Day 43
Embroidery on denim scraps for day 44. It’s all stitched in 2 threads of stranded floss.
Day 44
Let's take a closer look at my stitches.
Running stitch circles in orange.
Tied herringbone stitch in yellow and blue.
Backstitched chain stitch and a star stitch in yellow and red.
Fly stitch and upright cross stitch in green and orange.
A woven and whipped wheel with detached chain stitches in blue and red. There’s a tutorial for a similar wheel on this blog here.
Star stitches in red.
And a buttonhole wheel in green.
Day 45 was inspired by the landscape tutorial  in Tammy’s Index Card Art Tutorials - Explore Pack.
Day 45
For day 46 I translated Tammy’s mandala tutorial to thread. I used fabric, embroidery floss and sequins.
Day 46
And today I made a collage. I used magazine clippings, stickers, acrylic paint and part of my old doodle cloth from 2009 with my experiments for laidwork foundation embroidery.  I wrote about them here.
Day 47
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Zigzag stitch

A few weeks ago Queeniepatch introduced us to zigzag stitch in her Sunday Stitch School. I made an Aida sampler to give it a try. Today I only share the first rows, while today’s card for ICAD is drying.
From top to bottom I used perle 12, perle 8 and Caron Wildflowers Fraise du Bois.
I hope to share my zigzag stitch experiments and the complete sampler next Tuesday.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

ICAD 34-40

This year I’m participating in ICAD (Index Card A Day) again, it’s my second time. There’s a weekly theme with daily prompts. I share them on my Facebook blog the day I create them and I’ll write a weekly post with more info here. You can find the theme and prompts at Daisy Yellow.

On day 34 we got new meters in our meter cupboard. I used the waiting time to make my card.

Day 34
I made a collage inspired by Cecil Touchon for day 35. I've already used this technique a few years ago, you can read about that here.
Day 35
 I used a photo of the painting Two Heads made by Karel Appel.
Two Heads by Karel Appel
My daughter got her diploma on day 36, so we had diner at a brasserie to celebrate this. I used a napkin to make a one staple collage to remember this day.
Day 36
This card was my response to the sad news about the 6 year old Dutch boy Tijn Kolsteren. I used my daughter’s nail polish.
Day 37
My first trials with charcoal for day 38. I secured it with adhesive plastic. Not sure if I will use this again!
Day 38
Doodling with markers for day 39, it was fun!
Day 39
And this morning I made a collage for day 40.
Day 40
I did some embroidery this week and hope to have time to write about it in the next few days. Life is busy these days!

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