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Monday, March 20, 2017

11th blog anniversary

have you had your caffeine today ;) ?
not so much to Show here this week...
i started going through old photos in boxes on the attic (oh my!! some back from Student times... and i really want to get them sorted well, after years of only planning this). i didn´t think this would become such a big affair...
but now i´m into it and want to make it through,
 then i realized i had my Blogging anniversary on sunday:
11 years of making wonderful Connections and
friendships all over the planet!
and though i always say i would write here even it was for me only
 (as kind of an artistic diary),
i truly appreciate all the comments of you,
my valued Readers!! ♥♥♥
until today i think a Connection via Blogging is another one like via Facebook etc.
  time for Little prizes ...
so i made three collages ca 5,5 Inch square = 14 cm):
(in real the Background is a bit more into orange,
onion Skin dyed glass wipes,
which i stabilized with freezer paper for stamping and stitching)

if you would like to win one of them,
just leave a comment (you can specify your favorite,
but i can´t give you a guarantee, of course...)
i will draw the winner on sunday, march 26th.
(international welcome!)
good luck!
on thursday we had a fabulous spring day,
and as in the evening our monthly stampers´ Meeting was scheduled
i took the Train to munich a few hours earlier.
i spent 3 hours in the eastern cemetery of munich.
it is the largest one in munich and holds almost 35 thousand graves.
 so i only visited a part of it.
due to lack of time i won´t Show pics of the Stones and statues in this post, hopefully next week.

among the graves oodles of crocuses,
and i always enjoy the squirrels there.
this one seemed to teach me: "life is fleeting";)
i couldn´t catch it...
... until a man sat down on a bench and offered him a peanut;)
later i visited MUCA, the first Museum of urban and contemporary art in Germany.
more about this in another post, too.
just a Little teaser for now:

Monday, March 13, 2017

spring has sprung

with the exception of one rainy day (last tuesday)
we had wonderful spring weather.

so time to spend outside
(and no time found for the muster-mittwoch challenge...)
it was chilly in the Mornings, but then lots of sun
and we even could sit on the terrace to have cappuccino and cake.
here a yummy Lemon tarte one of my friends had baked:
the birds are in full Action,
so my medieval embroideries are influenced by this:

obviously the cats also have their scuffles, as sunday morning timmy came home refusing to strain one of his paws. he only hobbled on three legs and we were afraid one could be broken.
so we went to the emergency consultation hour at our vet on sunday afternoon.
but the vet calmed us. she found bite traces (we had not seen) at his shoulder, so obviously he only took a relieving posture to avoid pain. antibiotics and a painkiller injection will hopefully do their work.

the sun already put me in the mood for sun dyeing, but that definitely is too early and too cold.
but i can hardly wait for the day i can start again. 
so instead i prepared some tea bags and onion Skin dyed some glasses-cleaning papers for further use.
no fear to run out of stuff in this house:)))

Monday, March 06, 2017

tip toe through the tulips

please take your Cup of coffee (tea, or whatever)
and follow me through the last week.
at first i still have to deliver the second photo in the series "12tel blick" -
which means to make a Picture from the same Position each month.
mein 12tel blick - photo vom 30. Februar muss ich noch nachtragen;)
ich muss mich bei dieser challenge mehr in die mitte des monats bewegen,
sonst kommen mir wetter oder andere Sachen in die quere...
below my Patchwork for a german challenge, so a short summery for my english Readers:
i fixed all parts on the fabric Collage of last week (taking the "invisible baste" stitch from jude hill: short at the front, Long on the backside).
the tulips on the Patches were drawn with a fine pencil-like line. i decided to stitch on this with a dark Grey yarn to accentuate, and that gave it a Hand quilted feeling,too.
i had leftovers of the tulips and thought i might make a nine-patch...
on the green squares (old Shirt;)) i stamped (Alpha from teesha moore/zetti) the song line with gumdrop green ink from my favorite things (heat set with iron).
zum mustermittwoch:
letzte Woche hatte ich ja schon mal begonnen mit einer tulpigen stoffcollage, bei der inzwischen alle lagen fixiert sind.
aufgenäht wurden alle stoff-Stückchen mit dem "unsichtbaren" steppstich (vorne ganz kurz, hinten lang), den ich mir bei jude hill mal abgeschaut habe und seither immer verwende.
ein paar hellblaue stiche fixieren die "wolken" mit den vögeln zusätzlich am himmel.

(den oberen teil habe ich noch mit weißem Stoff hinterlegt, weil er sehr dünn/verwaschen ist).
die Tulpen hatten eine leichte Skizzierung, fast bleistiftartig,
die habe ich nachgestickt mit dunkelgrauem garn.
gibt quasi einen quilteffekt.
man könnte jetzt da noch mehr herumspielen (vielleicht sticke ich in die grüne wiese noch ein paar stängel...) - mal sehen.
zum Thema Tulpen schaltet mein hirn auch immer sofort auf die verszeile "tiptoe through the tulips"...
und da ich noch genügend vom Bettzeug übrig habe... sollte noch ein nine-patch drin sein.
auch grün war noch da (altes Hemd).
suchen musste ich allerdings mein zetti-Alpha (nicht dass ich nicht gefühlte Millionen anderer Alphas habe... ich hab mir DIESES eingebildet;))
hab dann die liedzeile aufgestempelt mit dem gumdrop green kissen von my favorite things - wird durch bügeln fixiert (hoffentlich!)
[dachte noch kurz daran, die textquadrate mit ministichen in rot und gelb zu verzieren, mags aber nicht versauen. fällt mir oft schwer zu entscheiden, wann schluss sein soll...]
das 9patch auch wieder mit weißem Stoff hinterlegt und die Linien der Tulpen nachgequiltet.
und fertig für diese Woche.

Monday, February 27, 2017

carnival/mardi gras & muster-mittwoch

again i liked playing digitally with a mug quote;)
we had it all this week: glorious sunshine... and storm...

... heavy enough for carnival parades to be cancelled.
well, not a Problem for me (i´m not an Enthusiast when it comes to carnival),
but from my selection of templates i decided to go with the jesters,
a recurrent motif in medieval book art.
on the next one you can see my printed pattern
(as the Printer does not work well, parts of it come out in red) -
i think i will Keep the Background here as is
(or stitch it in a lighter Grey maybe),
as otherwise the Piece might become "too busy" looking.

in march the challenge of muster-mittwoch (design Patterns on wednesday)  will be
spring flowers /early bloomers.
short summary in english: hesitating what to do (whether i should Play at all...)
i thought of this old duved cover (early Ikea;)) and i think i will make a "patched work" on an old dish towel...
still in the planning stages...
nun also noch zum mustermittwoch:
erst hab ich überlegt, ob mich dieses Thema überhaupt genug reizt...
dann hab ich die Schneeglöckchen und Krokusse aufblühen sehen...
hatte aber keine lust, welche zu schnitzen...
dann fiel mir diese uralt Bettdecke (frühes Ikea) in die Hände,
schon angeschnitten, weil ich da mal vor jaaaahren eine Kissenhülle damit gemacht habe...
mit Tulpen... also Frühblüher!!
und schön kastenförmige bilder, kann man prima damit patchen!
gut, dass ich das Geschirrtuch vom Dezember mit der gestickten sonne drauf noch nicht zerschnitten hatte!
mehr löcher als tuch *g*
aber löcher lassen sich zupatchen;)
Grünzeug gesucht...
(das muss natürlich heißen: der Fotoapparat...)
und aus dem Bettbezug ein paar Tulpen ausgeschnitten...

soweit mal probehalber gesteckt.
aus diesen vorarbeiten wird dann hoffentlich im laufe des märz eine frühblühercollage:)

Monday, February 20, 2017

medieval book art

recently i visited an Exhibition about medieval book art at the bavarian state library in munich.
whenever i am in munich and have an hour to spare i go there.
the entry is free and they often have old books on Display...

i have always been fascinated by the elaborateness of medieval books...
the Colors they used and which endured all those centuries...

exhibited were old bibles and other books from the 15th century.
i especially considered the next one to be very funny:
doesn´t it look like the man is Holding a mobile phone??

i also love the flowers and animals framing the texts,
real treasures!

and because you can find Inspiration everywhere,
i thought i might stitch a medieval Fantasy creature
onto slightly dyed fabric
(actually i think THIS could become VERY addictive;))

now to a quite contrarian style of writing
(i wish i were versed in the art of calligraphy,
but i´m afraid that this is a challenge for another life...)
i had bought quite a variety of Fonts over the last months (at design cuts)
(and i would not say i have an overview of my virtual storage, sigh...)
so for this week i decided to create a mug with some of my newer Fonts...
Fonts used here: twilight script - fontbox jeronimo bouncy - fontbox gojiberries + twilight swashes - brush up too  (the whole text with a slight warp)
coffee bean: selfmade brush

Saturday, February 18, 2017

such a mournful week

i lost one of my very best friends on thursday.
she suffered from a malign lymphoma and we knew for quite some time she would pass away, though we hoped until a few days before her death. in the end death came as a release for her.
she died peacefully with her Family around.
but i feel very sad and completely exhausted.
i knew her for over 33 years.
1985/86 i was on backpack trips in egypt with her.
we had our children (and time-off-work) at the same time, spent Family travels together when the kids were little.
the last six years she was part of our 4-women-friendship Group, which made a City trip every year (Prag, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Dresden, Kopenhagen).
she was only Age 54 (but was diagnosed about 10 years before - with quite some ups and downs, chemo etc).
the last years she always became angry if People would complain about getting older.
her credo was: be grateful for each year you have!
but it is so hard for the ones who are left back here.
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Monday, February 13, 2017

exhibition and diamond variation of fabric weaving

last thursday i spent in munich and went to a small Exhibition in a fabric store (quilt&textilkunst).
4 swiss women Chose the theme of the 4 elements -
all of them made pieces of fire, water, earth and air
and one piece which combines all these elements.
it was nice to be allowed to take photographs
and here are Details of samples i liked very much:

i took more photos, but often Organza was involved,
so these samples do not turn out well on photos.
afterwards i had a break at the Café i visit frequently when i´m in munich:
it is near the viktualienmarkt (and Close to the shop above mentioned).
variations of fresh cruller, mmmmmh....
last week i saw a Diamond-woven paper sample, which gave me the idea to try this with fabric, too.
i had made some woven fabrics with sun prints last summer, but now i thought i might as well do this aslope variation with my Cloth, which actually already had gotten a pattern in Diamond shape by lying on my garden chair. so all i had to do is cut it diagonally and sew the woven stripes together. embroidery might follow...
nun also zum muster-mittwoch
(liste aller Teilnehmer hier)
letzte Woche hatte ich bei Christine schräg gewebte papierrauten gesehen,
und sofort hat es bei mir im kopf klick gemacht...
ich hatte letzten sommer viel Stoff sonnengeprintet,
und siehe da, sogar welchen in RAUTENmuster:
das war ganz simpel dadurch entstanden, dass ich den farbgetränkten Stoff einfach auf meinen Gartenstühlen habe trocknen lassen...

und einige stücke wurden, in streifen gerissen,
zu stoffquadraten verwoben.
(anschließend frei bestickt)
das sollte sich doch auch diagonal machen lassen,
so dass rauten entstehen...
material zurechtgelegt (gefärbten baumwollvoilé als unterlage,
ebenfalls im sommer fleckig gefärbte streifen)...
dann angefangen zu schneiden.
die "Steilheit" der rauten war in diesem fall vorgegeben,
denn es war sinnvoll, sich am vorgegebenen muster zu orientieren.

dann nicht mitgedacht und die gefleckten streifen in der gleichen Richtung gelegt
(manchmal frag ich mich...)
aber es ging sich dann nach dem drehen doch noch einigermaßen aus, die ränder werden irgendwann sowieso gesäumt, da lässt sich dann manches noch vertuschen.

diese webetechnik hab ich mir bei jude hill abgeschaut,

nach deren Methode ich dann auch die gesteckten felder mit dem "unsichtbaren Heftstich" zusammengenäht habe.

und dann war ich eigentlich ganz zufrieden.

evtl kommt auch hier noch freie Stickerei drauf. wird sich zeigen.