Benjamin the donkey

I made this little guy many years ago for my sister. It was supposed to be a pony but she called him Benjamin the donkey after a book we loved when we were children. I found him a couple of days ago sitting next to some corals – borrowed him for some pictures which never got taken and then forgot to return him. Today he will meet his mum again.


Linien & Punkte (Lines & Dots) – UL 18

Next ticket drawn from the UFO Lottery is a panel I had made years ago from an idea based on a graffiti design. I called this panel Linien & Punkte (Lines & Dots). Some of my old cushion covers are no longer looking as good as they used to do and are ready for replacement. Perfect.

Well, almost. The piece was rectangular and not square. So I added some soft cotton/polyester blue jean fabric (which is almost the same colour as the sofa it’s sitting on, not the bright blue as in the pictures). As I have currently misplaced my collection of zippers I made a hotel closure. Finished size 48 x 48 cms.


Approved by Dave the Muse (it was his idea, after all)

And it seems it has instantly become Alfred Kowalski’s new favorite spot 😉

Beyond The Garden Gate – UL 12

It’s washed and ironed and ready to post – Beyond The Garden Gate. 

I bought this kit many years ago together with a second one called Garden Gate.  The kit from The Craft Collection Ltd (75948) came with 14 ct white Aida and ample supplies of embroidery floss. The leftovers as well as what may be left from the second kit will go into a new project.

The UFO Lottery – First half done

I have just finished Beyond The Garden Gate – now it’s going to get washed and ironed. Here’s a little teaser –

I’m now almost halfway through the first round of my UFO Lottery with 15 finishes, 2 projects abandoned and 18 projects left to complete. The next ones are already drawn, I’m waiting for some inspiration.

Tree Frog

After finishing almost half of the WIPs and UFOs in the first round of my UFO Lottery, I thought I had earned myself a little reward. When I bought new embroidery needles recently I found a kit on sale and added it to my order to make good use of the postage. 😉

I’m stitching a Dimensions kit – Tree Frog Among Leaves (35251) and have made some progress so far. I love to stitch with all the fresh green colours, I think it will be finished quickly.

Moose & Flechten – UL 17

This piece called Moose & Flechten (Moss & Lichen) is the next finish from the UFO Lottery. I started it around 2012 and left it unfinished with only little work still to be done. It took  me only two more afternoons to complete.

I used a lot of different fancy knitting yarns from my stash and a simple eyelet stitch on jute canvas (Hessian). This was just a little test panel, I’m planning to use this stitch in future projects.

Inspired by an article by Julia Caprara in Quilting Arts, #19 (Fall 2005), finished size 43 x 31 cms.

Vintage Glassware – UL 15

It’s finished! (click image for full size)

Stitched on black 16 ct Aida with Anchor and DMC threads, with added backstiching (not part of the original chart), reflections stitched in one strand of variegated thread and one in white
Design by Marie Barber from the April 2017 issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine

Moving sands

Something I had been waiting for – the annual Potters’ Market. Last year I had been spending quite a while at the booth with the moving sand sculptures – or whatever their English name is. In German they’re simply called Sandbilder (sand pictures). These things with different kinds of sand between two panes of glass, some water and a few air bubbles. Turn them like an hourglass and get the most fantastic landscapes. – I didn’t buy one last year and regretted it deeply so I waited impatiently for this year’s market. 😉

The same landscape from the front –

and from the back –

I could watch the forming of the landscapes for hours, it’s so soothing.

Sonnets – UL 16

While I’m still working (more or less) on Vintage Glassware and Beyond The Garden Gate I have already drawn the next two projects from the UFO Lottery box.

The first one is Sonnets. I had machine embroidered Mr. Shakespeare’s sonnets 27 (Weary with toil, I haste to my bed) and 61 (Is it thy will thy image should keep open) onto two pieces of decorators fabric. I got the fabric for free from an upholstery workshop some years ago, they were giving away some of their old sample books. It was a shame I could only carry one of them home because of their massive weight.

After a couple of days pondering on a possible project (a cushion cover?) I decided that the two panels are not going to be made into something now. They have found a place in the textile art materials box for some future project(s).

Any colour will do

My sister recently mentioned that she wouldn’t mind me to make another pair of bed socks for her, any colour would do. Luckily, the craft shop had ‘any colour’, so I bought two different balls and knit two pairs for her. I also made a custom label which I need to have printed yet.