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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Monday, July 3, 2017

ICAD 27-33

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.

Day 27 was inspired by the corners collage in Tammy’s Index Card Art Tutorials -Explore Pack.
Day 27
For day 28 I only used the prompt. It was inspired by this collage for the horizon prompt of Wonder31.
Day 28
When I read the prompt for day 29, this song popped into my head. I used origami paper, a fineliner, ink, a stamp and spray ink with a stencil.
Day 29
Prompt 30 was a big challenge. But after looking for inspiration at Pinterest I knew I wanted to make a 3D version of the prompt.
Day 30
 I used a cheap watercolour set to paint my card.
Day 30 in progress
Prompt 31 was the start of the second month. I used wallpaper, painted book pages and a magazine clipping for my one staple collage.
Day 31
When I finished this card, I found a surprise in my mailbox. Sharon’s book finally arrived! Of course I flipped through the pages, but I’m looking forward to read it when ICAD is finished.
Another collage for day 32. Toetje in de woestijn is Dutch for dessert in the desert.
Day 32
And this morning I made another collage for day 33. I used painted book pages, origami paper, a paper flower, stickers, staples, a bracelet from my husband’s yoga-weekend and an old glue resist inchie with French knots. You can read more about this inchie here.
Day 33
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Randje 65, 67, 68 & 83

I’m still working on my borders for Randje per week 2015. More info about this SAL at Randje per week.
These are the first borders on page 11.
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Monday, June 26, 2017

ICAD 20-26

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 another mandala for day 20. This one is inspired by Tammy’s mandalas and a few zendoodle drawings I found at Pinterest.
Day 20
For day 21 I recycled an old mandala from my colouring book and added a quote. It’s Dutch for simplicity is not simple.
Day 21
I had a shopping trip with my youngest daughter on day 22. So I only had time to make a one staple collage to remember this day. It's the first time this year I didn't use theme and prompt.
Day 22
For day 23 I used the block quote tutorial from Tammy’s Index Card Art Tutorials -Explore Pack. Cindy is just pretending to be the Cheshire Cat.
Day 23
 A simple collage for day 24.
Day 24
A collage decorated with some doodles for day 25. I like making these silly faces.
Day 25
And this morning I made another collage for day 26.
Day 26
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Saturday, June 24, 2017

It’s a Teesha Rainbow - YELLOW

I’m participating in a series of swaps for Teesha Moore inspired patches with a rainbow colour. Yellow is the third swap and we made 2 patches for our partners.
On my first patch I used TAST stitch 82: interlaced up and down stitch in perle 5. I attached a button with straight stitches and added some French knots in DMC special dentelles #80. The edge is secured with running stitches in perle 5.
My second patch is decorated with herringbone stitch and French knots in 2 threads of stranded floss. For the edge I used upright cross stitch, one of the Sunday Stitch School stitches at Queenie’s Needlework. The thread is perle 5.
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