I found an article about bookcovers in one of my vintage magazines some months ago and recently Alenn, a friend of mine, made some bookcovers and therefore I decided also to try it…
…and finally, while my wisdom tooth tries to kill me, I found some time to make my first bookcover – most of the used fabric is just leftover fabric from old sewing projects and the black fabric with the strips is a recycled fabric of the leg part of some old trousers I put aside because they didn’t fit anymore but I liked the fabric…
Well, another funny piece for my Artfire Shop
I think some of you will recognize the “once upon a time” – an old phrase often used in fairy-tales and the red shoe… well, this is one of the fairy-tales – you can guess which one
Update concerning my last posting “girls like presents and embroiderers like nice tools “.
Because many costumers in Austria and Germany prefer to order via Amazon, Frank from Scherenkauf.de also provided some links at Amazon for you – just click at the picture or the bold name and it will take you directly to the Amazon shop page with the scissors
Stickschere / Grill Handle
My favourite embroidery scissors
Stickschere / Storchenschere
…also a part of my sewing basket – they are cute, aren’t they?!
Kräftige Schneiderschere 10
I ordered one of this heavy tailor scissors some time ago and I still love them very much – my favourite scissors for cutting fabric
Kräftige Schneiderschere 9
Well, the small sister of the tailor scissors above
Well, I am a girl and an embroiderer – I admit that’s a fatal combination – and yes, I also admit it, I love good tools – therefore you surely can imagine my great joy about this lovely birthday present I got from Frank from the shop www.scherenkauf.de – the lovely scissors which you can see on the the picture below.
Yes, nearly all my scissors – for sewing and embroidery – are from his shop and I am still very happy with them – I especially love my heavy “Tailor Scissors” and my “Embroidery Scissors“.
Because his page is in German, you can find a direct link to his shop (in English) here: Scherenkauf Shop (E)
Btw. if you are looking for funny or special scissors (like at the picture) please don’t hesitate to contact Frank – he is very nice and helpful.
…last christmas I got the Blackwork (Essential Stitch Guides) book as a christmas present and now I decided also to add the other books to my collection:
- Stumpwork (Essential Stitch Guides)
- Silk Shading (Essential Stitch Guides)
- Essential Stitch Guide to Crewelwork (Essential Stitch Guides)
…now lets start with the first one – Stumpwork :
This book is my favourite by now – the section about “Flat Surface Stitches” (including basics like the “Running Stitch”, “Back Stitch”, “Couching Threads”, “Couching A Silk Cord”, “Satin Stitch”,…) is very nice – especially for beginners to embroidery, the next one about “Raised Surface Stitches” is also very nice and starts with “French Knot”, followed by “Bullion Knot”, “Woven Picots”…, very nice is the section about “Needlelace Stitches” and “Metal Thread Work”… but my favourite sections are the one about “Padding” and the one about “Slips” (…”separate piece of embroidery worked off the frame and then applied to the main embroidery“…)
I think this is a great book for beginners and also a lovely book for experienced embroiderers who would like to get some inspiration for new embroidery projects… definitely nice and I think also a very nice and also very affordable christmas present for an embroiderer…
… Silk Shading :
My very first book about “Silk Shading” – the projects look nice but nearly all shown projects are worked in wool – to discover this fact was quite disappointing for me because I was looking forward to discover some silk embroidery…
..in the end I think it is a nice book for beginners but no must-have and not as good as the other books from the RSN.
… Crewelwork :
Ok, the book about “Silk Shading” disappointed me but the book about “Crewelwork” is, like the first book about Stumpwork, again a source for happiness – the section about “Filling Stitches” – “Long and Short Stitch” is very well made. I admit that I like it more than the one in the “Silk Shading” book and also the other stitches are very well explained.
Well, I think this book and the book about “Stumpwork” are both a very nice addition to every embroiderers book shelf – regardless if beginner or experienced embroiderer…
I hope you enjoyed my photos which I recently posted – 3 days in Amsterdam – new photos – Chantal commented the last posting and asked for details about a pouch Embroidery found at the Joods Historisch Museum in Amsterdam – therefore I collected all photos taken at the Museum in one folder at Flickr for you:
Netherlands, Amsterdam -
Joods Historisch Museum in Amsterdam
…ok, and now the embroidery which I found there – lets start with a small selection of photos of the lovely small pouch – btw. you can find more photos of this pouch in my Flickr folder if you follow the link above
Etrog bag with coat of arms of the De Pinto family
Silk and metal thread, c. 1690
…and more interesting details found at this lovely pouch:
…isn’t this following detail beautiful?
Sephardi Torah mantles (capas),
from the Portuguese Synagogue across the road,…
Velvet, silk, metal thread and chenille thread, Netherlands, c. 1735-1737 & c. 1720-1724 & 19th century
…and now to a lovely embroidered book – 1808
…and isn’t this dress beautiuful?
Welcome to a short photo travel through Amsterdam, Europe – I hope you’ll enjoy some of my photos
btw. you can find all my photos here:
I also visited the Rijksmuseum and the Joods Historisch Museum – unfortunatelly it wasn’t allowed to take photos at the Rijksmuseum but I think I could take some nice pics at the Joods Historisch Museum for you
…and now lets start with some photos:
…I loved this one – first because of the cat and also because “Kaffeehäuser” are very common in Vienna – Wien – which is also very famous for its great “Kaffeehäuser” *lol* … and because “Wiener” means Viennese for me… well, I admit, I am living in Vienna and I am a Viennese *lol*