Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dutch Mug Rug going on Tour

Last week I was introduced to Laura of Quokka Quilts. She is organizing a ‘Mug Rugs of the World Tour’. The idea is to make a mug rug with a theme from your country or even the place you are. You don’t have to send it anywhere, so it’s not a swap or anything. Just make a mug rug to ‘represent’ your own country.

Of course, I couldn’t resist. To make this mug rug, I had immediately so many ideas. Should I use typically Dutch fabrics?

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But what theme to use? There are so many typical Dutch themes, like windmills, wooden shoes, tulips. Those are the obvious ones. But there is also something like ‘gezelligheid’. A Dutch word which is hard to translate, but it means something like cozy, sociable, homy. It refers to the comfort of a warm house where you can snuggle under a warm blanket with good company and a mug of hot chocolat. This made me think of all the beautiful houses in Holland; they look (at least to me!) quite inviting and I love the different facades and rooftops. So that was my theme!

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I made a little sketch and used it as a template for the houses.

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For the house in the middle I used a piece of lace, because I really didn’t know how else I could make the white sides with all the curls.

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It was a lot of fun making this little mug rug, and because I still have so many ideas to make more of them, I think I will do just that someday. For now this will be my contribution to the Mug Rug World Tour.

If you would like to make your own Mug Rug representing your country, in my sidebar you can find the button.

Groetjes, Dorien

7 comments:

Monique said...

Dorien wat fantastisch leuk gemaakt!
Echt nederlands met die kleuren en huisjes.

Handmade by Mai said...

Dat heb je geweldig gemaakt. Idd echt Nederlands.

Teje said...

Hello Dorien! You made something really special for your country! Your mug rug is just so adorable, cosy and sweet! Great idea and I love the houses, the materials and the colours you have used!
I would love to see your other ideas, too!
xxx Teje

M-R said...

Dorien, I love your mug rug! What a great idea to use the lace. I think you captured gezelligheid perfectly. I've been to Amsterdam and loved the houses! Great job!

Corina said...

Leuk zeg, heel goed geslaagde Nederlandse mugrug!

Laura said...

This is beautiful! I love the lace. In real life, is that lace like wrought iron? We have like that here - they call it sydney lace - see http://www.flickr.com/photos/34094515@N00/2229770555/

Simone de Klerk said...

Wat leuk!!! Niet alleen het patroon, maar ook de stofjes die je hebt gebruikt.