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Thursday, September 03, 2015

fabric patches: rusted, stamped and stitched

i always love the way you can combine various Tools and media in the artistic world.
currently i love to stamp on fabric (here: cloth i rusted this summer) with acrylic paint...

... and then stitching around the pattern.

here i took a running stitch in red between the pods;
i noticed the needle wouldn´t run smoothly through the rust parts, so i left them out.
all stamps i used here are from red Castle/ judi kauffman
the next one is a fabric patch with ironed on (wonder-under) rusted glasses-cleaning-paper,
also stitched on in red.
i suppose These patches will become part of wrapping covers of journals, ring binders etc.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

the heck cattle

what the heck... (sorry, couldn´t resist) -
well, the heck cattle (english info/ german info) is a breed that should come as close to the extinct aurochs as possible in its characteristic appearance.
retired friends (both of the couple were biology teachers) found a great Passion in raising them and meanwhile they have a herd of 22 cattle. they rented 20 hectare (about 50 Acres) of peatland, for whose conservation these animals should be helpful. they are hardy and not too big as they should not sink into the sometimes wet ground.
last wednesday i visited them with some of my colleagues and we had a marvellous day there.
if interested in more, they also have a Website (german only). 
i made lots of photos...


... but:
i only recognized at home (at the pc) that the sun had been too sharp and showed every single fly the cattle were plagued with... argh!! the upper ones i edited with photoshop to eliminate most of these little beasts, but on the last ones you see the full swarm.
now, as it is with breeding, some of them turn out not with the characteristics that are wanted.
so what to do with them?
one or two each year are slaughtered...

... and have the most delicious and tender meat you can imagine.
(on These days it is good not to be a vegetarian!)
Gerlinde is an excellent cook and she prepared this wonderful meal with tomatoes and Gnocchi.
together with a glass of good wine...

... and as dessert Espresso and mousse au chocolate (cooked with lavender, soooo yummy!)
well, bellies full we visited the cattle, got lots of Information from günther (it is so nice to see him burning for this Passion!) - and afterwards we were spoilt again with tasty cake

(so i can also link it to elizabeth´s challenge this week)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

stitching graphics

this is a graphic i showed you in this previous post (recent Album of Robert plant)...
i thought i would choose one of my walnut dyes as Background.
size of the patch is about 15x15cm

Friday, August 21, 2015


another Jeans Piece is ready
(well, except filling some of the circles/spaces with fabric, later...)
it is the one with the moose:

and after the ravens, the bears and the moose will come:
the wolves
already stenciled and started stitching...

Thursday, August 20, 2015

robert plant celebrating his 67th birthday today.
but his stage acts show everything but a man in advanced years.
i only can relate to the write-ups of music journalists - i had not the fortune to visit his live Performances personally... but they all write in the same Tenor: he still has incredible energy, is not stuck to the old times when he started at led Zeppelin (though These Songs still Play an important role in his acts), still has a wonderful voice and is very charismatic. he is one of my favorite singers and one of the best in the rolling Stone Magazine best-of-alltime leadsingers´ list.
in led zep times he created his Symbol, the encircled feather:
"Robert Plant's symbol uses the feather of Ma'at, the Egyptian goddess of justice and fairness. It is the emblem of a writer. In the past Plant has said that it comes from the ancient Mu civilization."
(info from here)
i stitched this Symbol onto one of my rusted cotton patches (do no ask what i will use it for ... time will show...)
one of plant´s Advantages is that he doesn´t like standstill. he is always looking for new musical experiences and has an incredible flexibility. i totally loved his collaboration with alison krauss "raising sand", which is in my cd-player frequently (and visiting friends often ask: what do we hear now?)
and his newest cd "lullaby and... the ceaseless roar" (with the band sensational space shifters) is the one i got from my sons for my birthday - and i really like it, too.
and hey, just look at the phantastic graphics of this cd, swooning...

now i wish you a happy birthday, Robert Plant, so young at heart! 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

3 in a row

the three rows were made by brayering leftover acrylic paints on a Piece of Cotton.
then i started stitching to my hearts desire.
i thought i might make it a wall hanging and include some photos of my children.
so far you see only placeholders (old ebay photos), as i want to turn some old ones from my sons into black and White and add them here with buttonhole stitches.

some closer Details of the stitches:

i think about hanging the fabric from a twig cut off our apple tree.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

audrey hepburn

our "leader of the gang" (i.e. our stamping Group) is a big fan of Audrey Hepburn.
for her round birthday i made her two flags. the stencils (about a5 size) are from the stencil Studio.
ATC: sitting Audrey_the stampsmith, compass rose_stempelmine
and what the current heatwave is good for:
dyed things dry very fast outside, so i rusted some glasses-cleaning-papers and i took some walnut Shells (the dryed outer Shell, to be exact - the one that was green before)... boiled them with a Little water and let White Cotton soak it up:

the rusted papers were ironed in the laminator.

the walnut Cloth becomes lighter with every Charge, but i like the dark toned first ones as well as the lighter ones... each will find its Destination...