Friday, October 20, 2017

Cushions for the kitchen

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About 3½ years ago I made a pair of cushions for the kitchen bench. But I wasn’t really smart, because I made them with beautiful cotton whicht was meant to be used for clothes. So after sitting on these practically every day, you can imaging how they are looking now. Time for new ones.

This time I bought fabric which is much sturdier so hopefully they will last a bit longer.

First I finished off the edges with the serger. This fabric is woven so it ravels terribly.

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Next step was to cover cord to make a piping. I cut strips of 1.5 inch (4 cm) and stitched the fabric folded over the cord. I used a zipper foot to stitch as closely to the cord as possible.

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Then everything was ready to put the covers together.

I made a blind zipper on the back.

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The cushions are finished and I’m very happy with them. But the bench does need something extra. So I guess one of my next projects will be to make matching pillows.

Groetjes, Dorien


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

What to say…..

It has been such a long time that I think it is better to describe my summer with a couple of pictures instead of a long, boring text.

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A little idea of our travels this summer. We’’ve been to France, Spain and a weekend to the lovely city of Mechelen in Belgium.

And of course; my hands have been busy too.

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I hope it won’’t take this long before my next post. I’’ve lot of ideas and quite some time on my hands, so it should be possible to get at least a few of them started.  For now, I just leave you with this funny picture I made just around the corner; it is an abandoned bike I pass every day, and I just love watching it. It is almost as if the longer it stands there, the more beautiful it gets.

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Groetjes, Dorien

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

For a boy with a hammer

 

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Time flies; not only has it been a long time since the last post on this little blog, but it seems such a short time ago that my sons were born. And now I made this notebook for one of them, for quit a special occasion. As of this week, he will be the chairman of his tennis club. Barely 19 years old, he takes on this responsibility.  He’s looking forward to this a lot and because this mom uses every reason possible to give presents, I made him this.

Since a couple of months I’m the proud owner of new embroidery software.

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Absolutely awesome, but it has so many features and possibilities, it needs a lot of study and practise to use it well. So that is exactly what I did for this cover. I found this phrase which I wanted to use and started playing with the words. Different fonts and sizes until I was satisfied, added a hammer and of course a couple of tennis rackets. Et voila:

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A book, some bookbinding glue and the embroidered fabric, a little magic and the book was covered.

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Groetjes, Dorien

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Blues II


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Here it is! All those blue hexagons have been sewn into a lovely soft baby blanket.

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In this picture you can already see how I’ve arranged the hexagons. On the bottom of the blanket, they are very dark, and then going to the other side, they become lighter and lighter.

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I love the idea that there are only 4 shades of blue used for this blanket. Most hexagons have only been made twice. To play with colours like this is what I really like.

 

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Upside down it gives a completely different look.

 

Groetjes, Dorien

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Because Winter is over…..


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No blue hexagons this time, but something I worked on the last couple of weeks. I love to wear self-made socks and I was running out of them. Because I had some sockyarn in my stash, it was quickly decided what to do.

So I started with these.

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Pretty simple pattern. As all sock patterns this one has a smaller foot and a wider leg. But my ankles are much smaller than my feet. So a pattern needs to be adjusted, I just didn’t know how because it had been a very long time since I knitted some socks for me.

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This was an easy way to do it; just knit the back of the leg in rib. I made these a bit longer, only to see if I like that.

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Last attempt is with a pattern. It looks very intricate, but is quite simple. As you can see I made the leg not as long as in the second pair, but longer than the first. These fit perfectly and as soon as I’m in town, I’ll buy some more sock yarn.

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Groetjes, Dorien

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Blues


Hello! And again time passed so quickly. I hope you are enjoying the beginning of Spring too. It has been marvelous weather up here and since we have solar panels on the roof, we appreciate the sun even more.

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This is what is keeping me busy. Only 4 shades of blue and a bit of cream makes a lot of different hexagons.

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I have a vague idea about how to lay out these hexagons, but it’s not definite yet.

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For now, lots of work to do so I turned on a nice playlist, poured myself a cup of tea and say goodbye to you!

Groetjes, Dorien

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Something I’m not really happy with


It has been a while since the last time I made Fleur a new dog bed, but it was very much needed. She has this hobby to kind of dig into her pillow, which is not too good for the fabric. It usually doesn’t take too long before a cover is transformed into a rug that looks as if it is made of rags.

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This time I tried something completely different from what I usually make for her. Especially because I wanted to try new techniques. To make a border like this was the challenge this time. It is like a tube filled with fiberfill and to get the corners right was harder than I thought it might be. I’m not happy with it at all.

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For now it will do, but I’m already planning to make something new. Fleur doesn’t mind; she’s happy with it.

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Groetjes, Dorien