Postcards from The Boudoir #3

A new one from a sample. The technique is called Korak – in short, you fold squares of fabric and sew them onto a gridded base fabric. I’d love to take this further.

Search for Swiss artist Ruth Tschudy online or maybe you’re lucky to find a copy of her book Korak (bilingual German/English), Bergtor Verlag, ISBN 3-9806815-7-2.

Palimpsest (UL 1)

And the first winner is – Palimpsest*

The background was made back in 2008 and 2009, using my then new sewing machine and a variety of machine embroidery threads, mostly Madeira Rayon. The idea behind it was to create a parchment-like piece like a page from an old book, with an illuminated letter and decorative painting. The letter is cross stitched (U is for Unicorn) and appliquéd in place. I used a giant zigzag stitch to couch down the red lace after testing different possibilities in hand and machine stitching. Finished size is 40 x 46 cms.

detail, showing cross stitched letter, couching and machine embroidery

some of the threads used in machine embroidery

*a piece of parchment that has the original writing removed for re-use, with some of the old letters sometimes still slightly visible


Men At Work

A couple of years ago I made this pillow cover for one of my nephews. Everything related to construction sites was pure fascination for this little guy. I had to search the shops a little to find the fabric with the big machinery. Then I added a pile of sand, some rocks and planks, all safely surrounded by a red and white barrier.

I had totally forgotten I made this when recently my sister-in-law asked me if I wanted it back. Sad that she didn’t make my nephew keep it but still better than stuffing it into a charity bag.

Fixed! Friday Special Issue – Small Formats #2

Welcome to the sixth and last special issue of Fixed! Friday.

Seems I’m one of the few people who has to ‘work’ today (apart from the brave sales persons who are facing quite some customers today). It’s very quiet in the office, no phone calls or clients so far. That’s why I’ve decided to post this from my workplace so I won’t be falling asleep at my desk. 😉

I’m currently working on the ‘Blue Tiles’ top which I probably will manage to finish within 2013. Yes! After that, look forward to the UFO Lottery. Finally, I’ve got a surprise for you. But all in good time. 🙂

Here are some more smaller pieces from my collection.

Januar 2000 (January 2000)

Nachtgewitter (Night Lightning)

Tie Dye

Fixed! Friday Special Issue – Small Formats #1

Welcome to the fifth special issue of Fixed! Friday.

Some smaller pieces today.

Verwandlung (Transformation)

Made from an abandoned project by my friend Silke – I took it apart, cut the big diamonds into four smaller pieces, reassembled them and appliquéd the four ‘blocks’ onto a background. I used her exact layout, but had to replace one fabric – the blue one with the little white flowers.

Rechtecke (Oblongs)

Made from some sample swatches

Quadrate (Squares)

Amerika (America)

Fixed! Friday Special Issue – Appliqué

Welcome to the third special issue of Fixed! Friday.

As you might know, we’re experiencing a bit of a hurricane since yesterday. It had calmed down a little during the night, but this morning the wind has gotten heavier again with added snow and sleet. Yesterday, my boss generously told me to stay at home today, so I’m having a day off. 🙂 So far, no damages around the house as I can see. I cross my fingers that everyone else is OK, too.

For today’s issue I have chosen some of my appliqué pieces for you.

Monde und Planeten (Moons and planets), cushion cover

Tie One On, cushion cover

Bärchen (Teddies), toddler quilt

Mandala-Blumen (Mandala Flowers)

Nordlicht (Northern Lights)

Oles Bunte Biester (Ole’s Colourful Beasts)