Friday, May 22, 2015

A little bit of everything

 

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Quite a pile of books, isn’t it? These are the books I read since my last post, and I didn’t read any more than usual. It just has been so long ago.

Nothing really happened, just life; work, study, family, dog,  holiday, books, museums/exhibitions and a bit of crochet every day.

So I guess I’ll just kind of randomly show bits and pieces of these last few months, hoping I can get back to a normal number of 1 or 2 posts a week.

The first exhibition was ‘The Oasis of Matisse’

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The special thing about Matisse was the diversity of techniques he used. Started as a painter he tried a variety of styles and slowly he worked towards his cuttings. But even the themes and shapes he used there, were also present in a lot of other works:

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Stained Glass

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A Woven Wallhanging

The other exhibition I’ve visited was the wonderful ‘Late Rembrandt

Although rather crowded, it was absolutely amazing. Of course I’d seen pictures of this painter before, but never so many of his works together, and that was phenomenal.

Just 2 of my favorites:

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The Conspiracy of Claudius Civilis

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Reading Old Lady – detail

Both museums are on a large square in Amsterdam, and only last week something very odd but beautiful was shown there: Waterlicht by Studio Rosegaarde. I was very lucky to be there and although not as beautiful as the real thing, maybe this picture can give you an idea.

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Then, I travelled; together with my son I made went to a beautiful city. I think you can guess where….?!

Triomf van Sint Ignatius van Loyola - detail (America en Europa) - Andrea Pozzo

Spaanse Trappen

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I made over 400 pictures in just 4 days. I think it is best to leave it at these four.

Last but not least a little preview of what I working on. It’s almost finished, and I think I like it that much that I will write a pattern for it.

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Groetjes, Dorien

 

PS: 2 jaar geleden heb ik een vertaling gemaakt van Jam Mades patroon van een olifantje. Helaas heeft zij plotseling haar toestemming hiervoor ingetrokken en mij gevraagd het patroon te verwijderen. Om jullie de kans te geven het patroon toch af te maken als je ermee bezig bent, heb ik besloten het nog 2 weken te laten staan, maar vanaf 5 juni zal het echt weg zijn. Mocht je dus een olifantje aan het haken zijn, of ken je iemand die ermee bezig is, zorg dan dat je niet voor verrassingen komt te staan!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Boho Crochet Book


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Finally I can tell you about a little secret I’ve had since last Summer. Back in August I received an email from a lovely woman called Hazel, who asked me if I was interested in having my blankets featured in a crochet book she was making. Of course I was! I never dreamed of something like this.

The book is finally published and has 30 lovely colourful projects, from very small and easy to quite large and a little bit more complicated. Nothing too difficult.

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There is a book for the US market and one for the UK. The covers are slightly different, but the content is not, except for the crochet terms, which differ in both countries.

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The book contains 2 projects from my hand. The Colourwheel Hexagon Blanket, and of course The Happy Colours Blanket.

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Besides these, you can find a range of beautiful designs and projects in the book, all made by different designers.

Edit: The book for the UK is released by Apple Press, the book for US by Martingale.

Groetjes, Dorien

Monday, March 9, 2015

A fun week


And again it has taken me much longer than I wanted, before this post is written. These days have been filled with so many different activities that I just don’t know where to begin. I think I just write about a few of them, the ones that stand out.

It began with the birthday of our son, and the next day when I organized a family gathering. My family lives on the other side of the country, so we don’t see each other that often, especially now that the next generation is of to college and doesn’t live at home anymore. So everyone came here, and except for my parents who stayed at a hotel, my sisters and their families (including boyfriend and – girl), stayed at our house. We had such a great time. So now I’m thinking of a new occasion to do this over, maybe next year.

Then last Wednesday again a day at the Museum. This time the Mauritshuis in The Hague, where an exhibition is with items from the Frick Collection from New York. It is a rather small exhibition, but the works are fabulous. Unfortunately it wasn’t allowed to make pictures; I’m sorry, but you can read more about it here.

Of course I spent a lot of time studying, and in between I managed to make a new dress. Remember the fabric I showed in my previous post?

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Very simple, a dress with a box pleat, a square neck line and long sleeves. It is very airy.

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And because there was enough fabric left, I made a cowl too. Perfect to wear with the dress, but also mixed with another garment.

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Groetjes, Dorien

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fabric, Ballet, Portraits and a Project Bag


When I wrote my previous blog post, I had in mind to blog at least once a week. So 9 days isn’t what I should be. I’m sorry!

It has been a strange 9 days, and I think for once I’m going backwards in time.

Today I finished the birthday gift for my oldest son, who is going to be 19 years old tomorrow.

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This is just the kind of sweater he loves and wears almost all the time.

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Can you see the inside of the hood? It isn’t lining, it is just the back of the fabric; so soft and warm. And to keep this softness and warmth, it didn’t seem right to make the seams the usual way, so I decided to make ‘French seams’.

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All seams are double stitched, so no I guess Mr. Sensitive won’t have itching-issues with this sweater.

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Where the hood is sewn onto the sweater, I’ve used a ribbon to cover the seams, because a French seam would become to thick.

That was today, and of course I have been working on it for a couple of days; since Sunday that is. Sunday I went to a huge fabric market. Twice a year this is organized in a town nearby, and it is huge. And because fabric shops are very rare these days, a market like this the perfect place to go to.

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These are the fabrics I brought home with me (plus of course the fabric for the hoodie). 3 Linen fabrics and some flowers.

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This fabric especially I like a lot. It has wonderful colours and I can’t wait to make a tunica with it. Nothing complicated, a very simple dress it is going to be.

The flower-fabric is going to be the lining of my new bathrobe; the outside fabric will be purple terry.

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Saturday was special too. Before we had children, we used to go to the ballet, a couple of times a year. We haven’t been ever since we got our first child; indeed far too long! Saturday though, we went again and it was wonderful.

The National Ballet danced George Balanchines “Jewels”, a ballet in three pieces, with emeralds, rubies and diamonds as inspiration. All three pieces were quite different, one very classic, the other a bit more modern. But all were real gems!

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This was such a succes, that I brought home the program for next season and looking at it, I’m almost sure it won’t take another 19 years before I go back.

The days before Saturday (well, actually including Saturday), I paid a visit to Flew-ville, and I don’t think you are desperate to hear all about that…..

Wednesday was great. My husband took the day of from work, and we went to Groningen, the museum there is having a wonderful exhibition with paintings from the ‘Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister’ in Dresden.

Don’t be afraid; I won’t bore you with all the paintings, just a few.

These portrets were painted by Pietro Rotari, and August III, who founded the Gemäldegalerie, had appr. 62 of these paintings. All the same size, and all from the same distance. That seems a lot, but it happens that Catharina II from Russia, had almost 370 of these portraits. And these 16 are already so beautiful to look at.

Finally, something craftrelated.

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See the knitting-project-bag in the background?

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Even in the 18th century they knew, knitting, wine and pastry are a womans best friends!

Groetjes, Dorien

Monday, February 16, 2015

A New Start


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For me crocuses are little messengers of new beginnings; it won’t take too long before everything starts growing again, before Spring arrives.

And that is kind of what this post is: a new beginning.

I can’t imagine why it has taken so long since my last post, almost 2 months!  The only reason I can come up with for this, is that I must have been hibernating in a way. At least it feels that way.

Not that I haven’t done anything, but just not as much and certainly not too much I could blog about.

2 Years ago, I was very happy to have gotten a kit of a Christel Seyfarth Jacket, and finally, I’ve finished the body of this wonderful jacket.

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The pattern is a bit of a challenge, but not too difficult. The real challenge is of course the steek. In the center you can see the part which I have to cut open. Also for the sleeves I need to do this. And I’ve never done this before, so I’m watching quite a few youtube tutorials about this, and I think I’m going to practise before I’ll do the real job. But so far, I’m totally in love with this jacket.

Something else I’ve started is this:

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After making yet another pillow for Fleur using the disappearing 9Patch as a pattern, I thought it would be possible to use this pattern for crochet. I’ve changed a little bit, otherwise there would have been 4 little squares instead of the large white square. I like it so far, and of course I’ll show more as soon as I can.

So far for now; at least it is a start!

Groetjes, Dorien

Friday, December 19, 2014

Gift for Big Boy


Every year it seems the days in December have less hours then the days in any other month. Don’t you agree? So much to do and somehow it all has to be done this month. Including special celebrations and occasions at school or work. And then there are the holidays! So not much time for needles and yarn, but I still have to show you the present I made for my husband.

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He had  been asking for a bag like this for years. This kind of fabric, a sturdy bag with enough pockets and matching the size of his laptop. There were 2 problems with this list of demands. First the fabric. You can find a lot of fabric with this logo, but then the stripes are printed onto the fabric and he didn’t like that. They had to be woven into it. But finally this summer I found this fabric. Problem #1 solved. Then the sturdiness. My husband actually wanted the bag to be able to stand on its own when empty. I didn’t have a clue. Then I saw a piece of not too thick, but very sturdy felt. That was the solution. I made a bag with pockets on  both sides, a piping around and lots of zippers and clips.

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Then I made a lining, also with a few pockets.

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The lining was made half an inch smaller than the outer bag. I cut pieces from the felt which fitted exactly between the piping, and hand sewed them with a few stitches to keep them in place. Then finally the lining was put in and I sewed it by hand.

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What I really love about this bag is of course first of all that it matches all of my husbands wishes, but also the way it turned out. The look of the piping and the brass coloured zippers and closures, give it a robust look.

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This was the last gift I made this year for the December month. And I think this is probably the last post on this little blog of mine this year. So I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, a wonderful New Year, and I hope to see you again sometime next year.

Groetjes, Dorien

Monday, December 8, 2014

Gift for Son #2


Hello! How was your weekend? We had a wonderful time. On Friday evening we celebrated ‘Sinterklaas’, with lots of laughs and a lot of presents. Everyone has been spoiled with the most wonderful gifts.

The bag for his tripod I showed last Friday, was appreciated very much by my son. For son #2 I made something completely different. He has a kind of daybed in his room, where he spends a lot of time, either gaming or reading, or just lying there, with all his pillows around him. And he doesn’t only like computer games, but also old-fashioned board games. So how about a game of Scrabble?

Lots of tiles and of course a board:

Made into a pillow!

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The ‘tiles’ were stitched onto the ‘board’.

Maybe it seems odd that the letter- and word worth tiles are in Dutch, and the words put on the ‘board’ are in English, but that is how we play the game lately; for practicing English vocabulary, it is a great game to play and we both find it very hard to do.

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The words used are either describing my son, or encouring words we all need to hear sometimes.

Son was very happy with his pillow, the only thing he would have liked more, was if the tiles weren’t stitched on, so that he could actually play Scrabble!

Groetjes, Dorien