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Monday, December 26, 2016


rummaging in my stuff i recently came across this big (19cm / 7,5 Inch) stamp
and as i had good results with the White setacolor fabric paint i played around
(and found this old red opaque fabric paint in the cellar)...

for my first pieces i cut out "Windows" and laid the contrasting fabrics behind them,
basted and then stitched
(thus i could use the leftover cutouts for another Piece...)
but then i thought this is too much work and simply started to sew on the stamped pieces...
of course all Hand sewn... "slow stitching";)
(did i ever mention my sewing machine died in spring? short circuit, stinky smoke... that was it...) 

now i think, this could become a Project of 2017.
alternating with "empty" patches...
sometimes i consider to revitalize my
maybe not necessarily as a strong daily Project, no pressure.
but i think it could be fun again ...
too many scraps  and too many stamps laying around here.
i´m thinking about that.
as this is my last post for 2016, let´s raise our glasses to a 
happy new year.
may it be a healthy one...
and hopefully we will be protected from catastrophies of all kind.
thinking brexit and trump 2016 was a tough one, politically
 (and we don´t even know the consequences yet...)
let us be grateful and humble...
most of us (art-bloggers) are fortunate to live quite a good life so far.
and heaven must be full of good musicians meanwhile,
it would be good to keep some on earth:)


  1. I love your slow stitching. I adore the way you used numbers for this new piece you are looking to 2017 to finish.

    I agree with you about Brexit and Trump, even though only one will ultimately affect me. As I watch Trump call for an increase in nuclear power (and not the energy kind), I worry what the world will look like in 2018.

    Thanks for sharing your art, your wonderful thoughts, and your raised glasses with us for T this Tuesday.

  2. As an aside, if you dye with grape juice, be prepared to wash the piece and lose a lot of the color after you do. It's a sticky mess when it comes out of the dye bath, so it must be washed in soap and water to remove all that sweet grape juice. I plan to use alum with it the next time I dye using it.

  3. I'll raise a glass with you and toast to a better new year ahead. This one as been rough, but we can hold out hope for the next one. Happy T Tuesday!

  4. Wundervoll sieht das aus soweit mit der Jeans Druck Kunst Recycling Stickerei ! Oh ja.. Deine Scrapsquares wären fabelhaft- ich war immer eine große Verehrering von ihnen , wie Du sicher weisst!
    Oje... das tut mir leid mit Deiner Nähmaschine, aber vielleicht legst Du Dir ja doch wieder eine zu, macht schon auch viel Spaß so ein Ding und kann recht nützlich sein.
    Prosit 2017 Johanna!
    Alles Gute für Dich!

  5. Oh liebe Johanna, das tut mir sehr leid mit Deiner Nähmaschine. Meine hat auch schon einige Macken, aber zum Glück hat sie sich noch nicht in Rauch aufgelöst. Dein Zahlenprojekt gefällt mir sehr gut.
    Ich wüsnche Dir Gesundheit, Glück und weiterhin so viel Kreativität für 2017.
    Herzliche Grüße

  6. You seem to have fun, playing with numbers. Hey, I didn't know your sewing machine died. Oh no! So it's all 'slow sewing' until you can afford a new one.
    It certainly has been an awful year. So many musicians died, and with terrible political decisions in UK and US, 2018 might be awful too, who knows. But lets stay positive. I count my blessings.
    Happy T-Day and also a happy new Year,

  7. You must have endless patience with all the beautiful neat hand sewing you do while making your projects. This piece will look awesome.
    I send you Happy New Year Wishes, we have all to be positive these day, with so much unrest in the world.
    Happy T Day.
    Yvonne xx

  8. Genau diese Gedanken hatte ich gestern Früh auch, als ich hörte, dass uns ein weiterer großer Musiker verlassen hat ...
    Ja, was wird uns das neue Jahr wohl bringen, ich finde, es wird immer schwerer, zuversichtlich zu bleiben.
    Deine Zahlensquares werden klasse, rot-blau ist gut. Überhaupt, eine tolle Idee, diesen großen, alten Stempel dafür einzusetzen, so ein dickes Ding hab ich ja auch noch und mag die Zahlen.
    ... und wie gut, dass deine Nähmaschine den Geist aufgegeben hat, denn sonst wären wohl viele deiner wunderbaren Handarbeiten in diesem Jahr nicht entstanden!
    Ganz liebe Grüße von Ulrike

  9. That stamp does look pretty amazing ... :-). Your stamping and hand stitching is beautiful, I love the design and the patchwork pieces joined together look fantastic! Happy T Day and all the best for 2017, may it bring joy, peace, love, and light! Wishing you the very best today and all year long. J :-) x

  10. I love your number stamps and stamping. They have a vintage European look. Your idea of making 2017 a scrap-using year sounds fun. I should do that with my paper scraps. I save the scraps because I can't throw them out. Then they take up space and nag me to use them - lol.

    Happy New Year and Happy T Day, Johanna! May the world be a saner place in 2017.

  11. Your 2017 stamped in red is a good luck color. Let's hope for the best in 2017 and also a creative year. Looks like you got a good head start on creativity. Happy New Year and T Day to you

  12. I love these stamped fabric pieces! They are really cool! Happy T day and enjoy the rest of 2016! I look forward to sharing T with you next year. Hugs-Erika

  13. Thank you for your beautiful and thoughtful wishes Johanna ♥ praying for the next four years and what they might bring in our topsy turvy world.
    Your number fun really speaks to me...great stamping and hand stitching is so relaxing. Happy T Day and Happy New Year...I have missed you oxo

  14. I love the way you are inserting/or stitching the stamped numbers down.......such a clever idea.
    Yes, I raise my glass to toast the new year with you! It was a tough year, but we all made it through it, and what will be...will be.....
    Happy T-day

  15. I love your sewing! A good way to relax with all that is going on in the World! 2016 was a pretty rough journey but here's hoping for a Happier New Year! Hugs, Chrisx

  16. I like your numbers idea very much. It would be very unique as a small quilt. I appreciated your New Year's wish. Let us hope the fallout from the president elect of the US is not catastrophic. And about those musicians. I feel very affected by the passing of George Michael. So young.

  17. Love your stitching and creativity. Happy T day...a day late!

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  19. Love your stamps and squares and stitched bits. Sounds like a great project for 2017. See you then. xox

  20. Immer so kreativ...das wünsche ich Dir auch für das neue Jahr.Und natürlich nur Gutes.

  21. Hello Joanna, a bit late for no reason at all.
    I'm always fascinated by the way you cut, stamp, dye and sew, it looks fun and you obviously enjoy it too, what could be better.
    Oh, a big yes for starting up your Scrap Squares again (if you want to). Every time I look at them I love them and think I want to do squares like that but of course never could (they would be different).
    Happy New Year!

  22. What a fabulous idea. The 'window' patches look so good alternated with the 'empty' patches and the numbers are such a good alternative to an image.
    I completely agree about Brexit & Trump etc. The world seems to be going somewhat mad at the moment. Sadly, I think it's going to take a while to turn around, but we just have to do the little we can and keep working for the good.


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