Babyblanket

With the due-date fast approaching (as in: tomorrow) it was time to make at least one thing especially for Baby #2. Otherwise I’ll have to hear the rest of our life how un-special number 2 must be to us because mummy didn’t make anything especially for him/her, and we wouldn’t want that!

So I made him/her a blanket from four linnen tea-towels illustrated by Femke Veltkamp. I bought these a while ago and added some very soft green fleece to it. I hope it’ll keep him/her warm for many years to come!

(And no, I couldn’t be bothered to do some proper ironing for the photo…)

Handmade bag

Remember the workshop where I learned the Sashiko technique? I continued working on that fabric I started during the workshop and turned it into a bag. A very unique bag if you don’t mind me saying so, there definitely isn’t a second one like this! I love the technique, it’s so addictive perhaps because it’s such a meditative thing to do. I can sit still and do Sashiko for hours, no kidding!

Alice in Wonderland

Moleskine has a new limited edition journal out, with a lovely Alice in Wonderland theme. Adorable! What I like about the Moleskine community is that they occasionally host creativity challenges, which are fun to participate in. I just submitted my work for this new challenge about your own Wonderland. It was a mixed media diorama I made a while ago, but fit this theme perfectly. If you like, you can vote for my work here, and if I win, I get some lovely Moleskine goodies. Which would be pretty nice of course…

Alice in Wonderland diorama

Sashiko stitching

A friend suggested we spend some time together away from the kids, to do something relaxing. Since we’re both very creative and love anything to do with yarn and fabric we ended up spending that time doing a workshop Sashiko stitching. It’s a traditional Japanese form of embroidery, used as a way to fix clothing. Nowaways, apparently, it’s all about funky geometric patterns, but as it turned out, I like the traditional style more, doing freehand embroidery.

Sashiko stitching

As I started the workshop I thought ‘how much fun can this be, learning to repair my clothes?’ but as I left and as I’m sitting at home now, all I can think is ‘wow, this is so cool and so addictive, I absolutely love this technique, I want to do more more more!’. Because the awesome part about it is that you don’t actually need to repair anything. Its origin is functional, but you can make all sorts of cool ‘new’ fabrics with old bits and pieces and the freehand embroidery. And it’s such a relaxing activity to do, a perfect way to clear your mind.

I know I have too many hobbies already, but I’m afraid I think I just got myself a new one…

Teaching

It’s been a bit quiet on this blog. I try to spend more time offline and in my offline world there’s enough to keep me busy! I’ve been writing again (if you understand Dutch, you can read my stuff here) and I’m teaching some creative workshops at my favorite local yarn store, Ja Wol. The first one that’s coming up is weaving, on March 14th. I’ll show you how to make a little something you can put up on your wall, it’s so much fun! Other workshops I teach there are embroidery, needlebinding and woolspinning. There’s also plenty of other awesome workshops in the knitting department for you to take, if you fancy learning some new skills. I hope to see you there sometime soon!

Weaving