Monday, January 18, 2016

On the first day of Christmas........


On the first day of Christmas I made myself a new bag. For me this was more than playing with fabric to make a bag, it was a kind of sentimental journey!

The fabric I used for the bag came from Capsicum, a shop in Amsterdam which sells and creates fabulous handmade fabric, interior and fashion accessories.
Their products are hand-woven in  India.
“we strive to pay the worker a fair wage for his/her work and stimulate our producers to improve working conditions and develop environmentally friendly production processes”
 They also have a project to help street children of Delhi. 

 While I was at university in Amsterdam in ‘de Oude Manhuispoort’ which was almost next to the Capsicumshop, I visited them often. I still remember the opening of there shop in 1980. 
I was a ‘second chance’ student, already worked 13 years as a teacher before going to university. I got a bourse from the government so I needed to count my money often and I only bought at Capsicum when the fabric was on Sale. 

 I still have some tablecloths, a beautiful silk scarf and some Ikat fabric hanging on the wall in my sewing room.
I also still receive their newsletter the ‘Capsicum krant’, always a pleasure to read.
When I read that there was a small bag with 40 squares of fabric inside from the Capsicum collection from the past 40 years. I absolutely wanted them. 

 So this bag is made with 37 squares of fabric of 15 x 15 cm, i had some tiny scraps left and 3 whole squares.
There are lots and lots of seems, but I LOVE the result.  

Sunday, January 10, 2016

I made myself a Sophie Digard scarf

The scarfs designed by Sophie digard are so elegant so precious, so many beautiful colors. On Pinterest you can find lots of pictures.  But they are expensive......  and for me they are a challenge.  why not try to make one myself?
i bought some colors of silk & wool cones in Felletin at the yarn festival and i ordered some more at Bart en Francis in Belgium.
And I started to experiment with form and color.
I made 368 small squares of 3 cm in three colors. I sewed them together and here is the scarf. it was very difficult to show the real colors, i think photo two is better than number one...

even the backside is beautiful

Proud with my handmade scarf. Weather changed here in France , it is cold and rainy.
I also made myself a new bag, very colorful..... SO be continued. 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

For you

I wish you all a peaceful and healthy 2016.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

May I present you........

May i present you the mice family. When I saw Finnegan on Sandra's blog i was in love and i wanted to make him.
But as usual when i make something i want to make more than one......
So i made a whole family, here they are.

As you can see father has put on his new scarf and is almost leaving for the pub.....

Mother asks him to stay.... why do you always go to the pub on saturday.....

But father is a very macho mouse, he wants to drink something with his mouse friends....
So even on saturday evening mother is alone at home...
The little one does not like his parents arguing again, he also feels alone....

They were, all three, sold at the Christmas market, seperately.
Maybe not too bad, there family life was not happy at all......

Friday, December 18, 2015

When we were in Pélussin

When we were in Pélussin we , of course, visited the beautiful region  of the Parc du Pilat.

IN Pélussin there was an old sequioa tree covered with craft creations. 

Weather was not so good, rainy and windy, but we had a fabulous trip.

And a big thanks to all your best wishes for the Christmas market. They really were helpful, weather was beautiful, there were lots of visitors and we (me also) sold a lot! 

Saturday, December 12, 2015

What I made for the Christmas market

Warning....... lots of pictures!

Several different eco printed pouches

Three sloughy hats

Some dolls, the pattern is from While she naps.

Different bags, i only show you two, i made ten....

Bags for children, I made 15

I knitted two lefties, a blue one and a purple one

I made three free form crochet brooches, another one in red/purple and one in teal

And i made lots of more things, in all 150.
The market is tomorrow, wish me luck!!!!!!!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Our visit to Bernard Oriol , the weaver

Berard Oriol lives in Pélussin, a village in the regional parc of Pilat. 
This region  between St Etienne and Lyon was famous for the silk production. The twining mills in Pélussin were known by the high quality of their work. IN 1850 there were more than 16000 mulberry-trees in the village and more than 2000 people worked in the twining mills. 
The parents of Bernard Oriol, started their own mill about 50 years ago, they bought second hand machines and started weaving. Bernard grew up in this work room, which is next to his house. 
At the moment his mill is the last and only weaving mill left in Pélussin.......

These silk threads were put in the needles by hand......

With this machine he measured the fabric and at the same time it was folded, quite a miracle this machine

in some corners it there was quite a mess.....

I hope we can visit him again next year.