The Treasures Of The Boudoir

Hi! Dave the Muse here again.

As my assistant was busy putting things from cardboard boxes into plastic bins (not very successfully, I have to say) I thought I might write a little post about what is stored in all those boxes.

I’m getting very excited about all that stuff. There a loads of great things like ribbons and lace of all kind – old and new, handmade and by machine, narrow and wide. Glass and plastic beads, big and small. Various craft supplies. Samples of decorator’s fabrics, delicate sheers with glitter prints and rough burlap. Buttons and more buttons. Fancy knitting yarns and sock wool. Sequins, small semi-precious stones. Pieces of cheap jewelry, earrings. Embroidery floss, perle cotton. Found objects.

Box after box opens, spilling new stuff onto the carpet, making my head dizzy with ideas.

Hey, what about introducing some of the stuff to you while we’re waiting for my assistant to finish? I’ll pop over to The Boudoir again and try to get my hands on some of the treasures for a little series. (Edit: Sorry, never had a chance.)

See you,


It’s done!

I’ve finished the ‘Cocktail’ scarf!

Oh, eh, sorry. – Hi, Dave the Muse here.

Finally, I managed to finish the scarf project I told you about.

I only had to weave in the ends with a crochet hook.

It’s ready to be given to Ms J – I even found a leftover piece of gift wrap. Then I made a little label and wrapped the present.

I think I’ll give the knitting needles to her, too. If I should need them again, I could always borrow them.

Now I’m going to surprise Ms J.



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Oh! Hi! It’s you. How long have you been watching me?

Sorry, I didn’t notice you because I was too busy knitting.

I’ve already told you about this kit I found underneath the living room table. You can knit a fancy scarf from this one. Two meters long, garter stitch. Now there was an opportunity to get my hands on it and start making the scarf. My assistant is really busy at the moment and she won’t notice that the kit is no longer where she put it.

I’ll then give her the finished scarf as a surprise present. That’s the reason why I’m sitting here knitting.

Um, I’m sorry, but I’ve got to go on now. There’s still a little work to be done.

See you


Dave’s Design Disasters – Continued

Hi! Dave here. Dave the Muse.

This is my first guest post on my assistant’s blog. As she is really busy trying to finish this and that, I have dug into the archives and pulled out another Design Disaster. This one’s called

Flower Garden

1995 – 2000, 882 pieces, 88 x 80 cms, English paper piecing, beading


My assistant bought a kit of pre-cut strips on one of her holidays. She made as much pieces from each strip as possible, then I began to play around. Nothing really would fit. This was the best layout I could do. In a moment of madness – I have no other explanation – the orange binding was added. This piece has got no batting, but in the center of each flower a glass bead is tied down with some perle cotton.

I can imagine that using decent colours would make a real beauty.


Dave’s Design Disasters – 2

Not all of my countless ideas are really brilliant, I have to admit that. Here’s another one that didn’t turn out too well.

Sorting slides

A couple of years ago my assistant was part of a group who met in a local fabric store once a month. Someone had suggested they could put together some stuff in bags and hold a raffle. Do I need to mention that everyone always puts in their uglies?

My assistant got some green and red fabrics and a flower print. Also in that bag was a little metal box filled with some buttons, beads, a lace motif, a little bell from an Easter bunny and a white fur brooch (which we saved for a future project). The task was to make a quilt from this gift, adding some of your own fabrics was optional.

It took me a while to decide what to make. Finally I went for an old idea: picture slides. There was some grey fabric in Ms J’s stash which was perfect for the frames. She made a cardboard template from a borrowed frame. The finished slides were appliquéd to a white base fabric and some of them decorated with beads, buttons, sequins and pieces from a shell bracelet.

The idea behind it was to make it look like someone was sorting slides. Which also became the title of this piece.

See you


A cheerful and fizzy knitting pleasure

Hi, it’s Dave again!

Look what I found underneath the living room table. I gave this strange thing a closer examination. As it turned out, it was a kit for making a scarf.

According to the label, it’s a ‘cheerful and fizzy knitting pleasure’. You only need to cast on 18 stitches, then knit 2 meters of scarf using garter stitch. Easy-peasy.

So I thought, what if I hijacked this and knit the scarf myself? I’m sure my assistant won’t notice the missing kit, she’s always too busy with all the other things I make her do. Gotta help her a wee bit.

See you