12.11.09

A fibre loot

Last week I visited the Knitting and Stitching Show at RDS in Dublin. I dedicated a day and a half to the show, the first day to see the exhibitions and browse the stalls and the second day to buy things. I thought it was a good way to avoid rushing through the shops and buying on impulse (and spending too much...) Looking at this picture and considering this is just a small part of the things I bought I am not completely sure that I succeded on my saving plan.But I couldn't resist buying this lovely shades of merino wool and silk... [Lire la suite]
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11.11.09

A taste of autumn in Dublin

I was back in the dirty old town for five days. I met my friends, went to my favorite places, visited the Knitting and Stitching Show, got dripping wet, then a sore throat and a cold, and ate some delicious carrot cake. I loved being there again.
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23.10.09

Etsy favourites: autumn in the kitchen

1. Retro Hornsea 'Bronte' Tureen by RummageInTheJumble. 2. Mr. B's Yellow Teapot by ModernNest. 3. Saffron Hornsea Teapot by Ladiesandgentlemen. 4. Large Footed Cup by ModishVintage.
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11.10.09

Etsy favourites: olive green

1. Wool Wrapped Bangles by mysticfibers; 2. Meadowgrass under Floodwater scarf by easternsky; 3. Green Meadow Pouch by oktak; 4. Olive Green Crocheted Earrings by FebystanDesigns.
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05.10.09

I was the lucky winner

This is probably the most gorgeous pincushion ever, and it was generously given to me by Mitch in a giveaway she organized on her blog in August to celebrate the summer. It's just perfectly made and smells of lovely lavender scent. If you want to make one for yourself check out this tutorial and for more beautiful stuff made by her don't miss mqsquare, the Etsy shop.Thanks again, Mitch!
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30.07.09

The little boat sails again

As I mentioned before, Elaine and I are doing a skill swap: gilding for stained glass work. In the past weeks we were working on the gilding of her royal bed, which is a nearly finished project (can't wait to see the final results!) and I had my 2 day stained glass workshop. Elaine was a fantastic teacher and she put a lot of effort and patience on teaching me all the necessary to complete my first project, this lightcatcher:Check all the process at the teacher's blog.The pattern for this project is my design too. It comes from the... [Lire la suite]
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26.07.09

Mum's magazine

While going through my little craft library I found a magazine I had 'borrowed' from my mother some time ago. It's a  collection of Yugoslavian embroidery patterns published in 1978 by the Spanish publisher Realce that specializes in needlecraft pattern books. Their magazines used to be the most popular source of motifs for home linen embroidery (tablecloths, bedlinen, towels)... in the  60s and 70s, and my mother, being a professional embroiderer, had quite a  lot of them. I have checked their website now and not only... [Lire la suite]
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18.07.09

A golden tag

Last week I was busy helping Elaine with the gilding of her very luxurious bed. We had a great time and she took advantage of it to TAG me :-)So... Five favorite songs- Se telefonando (Ennio Morricone, sung by Mina)- Insieme a te non ci stò più (Paolo Conte, in Franco Battiato's version)- Im Abendrot (from the Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss)- Erstarrung (from Winterreise by Franz Schubert)- Nie ma ciebie (a version of Ederlezi by Goran Bregovic and Kaja)Five favorite films- Fanny and Alexander by Ingmar Bergman- Bananas by... [Lire la suite]
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08.07.09

The Beaded Brooch is being featured by Etsy seller I Heart Crafts in her blog. Check the colorful Flickr Group too.
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29.06.09

On Kumihimo experiments and creativity

Every time I start learning a new craft technique I always have the intention of beginning with the basics and following the instructions step by step to increase the difficulty of the projects. But I never get too far doing this. As soon as I can produce something similar to what is proposed in 'lesson 1' I start dreaming the most ambitious projects and I walk away from the academic path and start exploring the technique on my own. The latest example of this are my kumihimo experiments: on day 1 I learnt how to cast on and make the... [Lire la suite]
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