dinsdag 17 februari 2015

Handwerkbeurs Zwolle

Last weekend I visited the Handwerkbeurs in Zwolle and this is what I bought :)

And again I also made some progress on my cross-stitching this week.

zondag 8 februari 2015

In de nijvere conste

'In de nijvere conste' is a beautiful little needlework shop, located in the Hamburgerstraat in Utrecht. This is where (several years ago) I bought the linen to make the cross-stitched Christmas presents out of that I finally finished last December. Unfortunately this unique shop will be closing after February. The lady who owns the shop is 88 years old, so in a way this comes as no surprise, but the shop will be greatly missed by many needlework lovers, I'm sure. If you enter this shop, it's like you enter a world from a different age. You won't find anything like a PC or laptop here, just beautiful needlework projects displayed everywhere.
This month 'In de nijvere conste' will be open on Saturdays only, from 11 a.m. till 4.30 p.m., and as of March 2015 the shop will be closed.
I went there yesterday, and after much deliberation I bought some kits (2 large ones and 2 small ones) and two types of linen for some future projects.

And here you see the progress on my current cross-stitch project. This was what it looked like last week,

and this is what it looks like now.

zondag 1 februari 2015

Some Knitting and more Cross-Stitch

As you can see, my knitted cardigan is very nearly finished.It only needs to have a zipper put in, but I have been procrastinating...

Instead of putting in the zipper in my cardigan, I have been knitting on a new sweater. 

And of course I have been cross-stitching! I am now working on a present for my eldest daughter's 18th birthday. And since Jessica is already 18 years and 2 months old now, I'd better start making some progress. Here you see what it looked like last week, and what it looks like now. It's a fun project, I really enjoy it.

woensdag 21 januari 2015

Started, Finished and Framed

This cross stitch project is from a kit by Lanarte  (it's 'Squirrel' by designer Marjolein Bastin). The kit was a present from my friend Carolien, who bought it a while ago in a craft shop in Barneveld. I stitched this project up in a little over a week, and framed it in a frame that I bought at HEMA. I love cross stitching and squirrels, so I intend to stitch some more squirrels later this year. But first I'll work on some other projects, I'll show pictures of that soon.

dinsdag 13 januari 2015

Finished and Framed

Last week I finished this cross stitch project, and today I framed it (in a frame that I bought at HEMA). I love this design, it somehow reminds me of my favourite children's books by Astrid Lindgren ('Bolderburen' and 'Samen op het eiland Zeekraai').

Canvas: Zweigart Floba (color: sand/53)
Floss: DMC 817 (red) and B5200 (white), stitched 2 over 2
Pattern source: Mango Pratique/DMC agenda 2009
Designer: Perrette Samouiloff

zondag 4 januari 2015

Winter WIPs

Two great stress-relieving projects (another cardigan in progress, and a wintery cross-stitch project).

zondag 28 december 2014

Recent Finishes

These are some things that I finished recently:
  • In December 1983 my aunt Els sent us (my mother, my 2 sisters, and me) a Christmas card with a small cross-stitch image on it. Now, 31 years later, I stitched the pattern up for each of us  as a Christmas present. My aunt is no longer with us, but we're sure that she would have been so pleased.
  • I finished reading the beautiful  'Alice in wonderland & Alice in spiegelland' book that I recently bought at boekhandel Stevens and that was signed by illustrator Floor Rieder herself during a book signing session there.
  • And finally I finished this pair of mittens (knitted out of blue Cascade 220 yarn) that my youngest daughter had asked for.