Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Going to make an effort


At the last moment I find time to make a post in the first month of this year. So much for New Year’s resolutions! Usually I don’t really make them, and this year is no different, except for one thing. I’ve been thinking about this a long time, and kept putting off inquiring about it, but now really was the time to do something. What I’m talking about? Trying to be a lot more conscious about waste. Looking at all the garbage produced by our household is quite shocking. So the intention is to reduce this. We won’t go ‘zero-waste’, at least not now because I don’t think that is realistic for now. But the first step is trying to avoid all plastic (and even paper) bags used for produce and bread.


So I started with making these 4 drawstring bags with sheer fabric. In the first picture you can see them after my first visit with them to the shop. Which was quite strange, because there was nobody else, using their own bags, and at first it was a bit awkward to use them.  But I’m sure this will get better, the more I do it.

These bags are just fine for produce not weighing too much, but the onions already were too heavy. So I had to think of something else.


A piece of cotton I cut off some curtains a while ago was just perfect. It still is thin and light, but a lot stronger than the sheer fabric. So I used every inch of it to make bags in different sizes. The large one is perfect for bread (10.5 x 16 inch), and the smallest measure 7.5 x 9 inch.

And making these bags, I realised that one kind of food I’m really fond of, is cheese. So I looked around and found these wonderful beeswax cloth tutorials on the web.


A piece of cotton and some beeswax are all that is needed. After grating the wax and sprinkle it around the fabric, it was put in the oven (fabric folded).


After just a few minutes, the wax melted and holding the fabric to cool down, it became sturdy and ready to use.



I wonder how this is all going to work in reality, and I know there are a lot more possible, but for now this is the first step.

Groetjes, Dorien

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Something new and something (too) old


A pair of new mittens! Very much needed because it feels so cold when walking with Fleur, and the nice thing about this pattern is that these mittens are quite long. So my wrist is covered too.


I’m very happy to have managed to match the colors in the yarn on both mittens.


The pattern is Circle Dance , the yarn is Drops Fabel (black) and Drops Delight, colorway 12.

And then something very old. I guess we all have had that pair of jeans which we wore every day if possible. Just the perfect jeans and then just too soon this happens.


And although it seems to be fashionable, and young boys and girls pay extra for new jeans like this, I’m not too happy about a rip like this. But because I didn’t want to say goodbye just yet, I tried to repair it.


Two scrap pieces of blue fabric and strong quilting thread.


One piece is sewn onto the back to the tear, two pieces are patched onto the front. The stitching isn’t too neat, because I didn’t think that would be the right thing to do on such old jeans.  Hopefully they last a couple of weeks longer now.

Groetjes, Dorien

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Putting an end to chaos


Early November I showed the chaos on my table, and now I’m very happy to say that most of those projects have now been finished. In the picture above you see three of them. Two scarves with roses and the black cardigan.


This is how just one scarf looks. I really don’t know how many of these I’ve made by now, but they still give me so much joy.

The cardigan is finished too; making it was not that joyful, but wearing is!


This is what it is; just a plain, black cardigan. I can’t make it any prettier than this. But it is just perfect for me. The pattern is Weekend Walk.


And the last finish of the lot are these two scrabble pillow covers. Because English is not my mother tongue, it isn’t too easy to play scrabble. So I see it as a kind of exercise to make these, and besides that, it is just a lot of fun.

Well, that ‘s it for now. I’m finishing a pair of mittens, but that’s for next time. Leaves me to wish you very happy holidays!

Groetjes, Dorien

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Here comes the postman


This is a present I made for our oldest son. A backpack with lots of room and quite a few pockets.  On the front there is a zippered pocket and two smaller pockets beneath it. Both sides have an open pocket and inside there is a compartment for a laptop, a pocket for cell phone, a zippered pocket and two more for all the bits and bobs he always likes to carry around.


The bag itself closes with a zipper. This is the easiest way of closing a bag, and I know that if there wasn’t a zipper, the bag wouldn’t be closed at all; it’s so much work to close buttons or straps!


The top can be used as a roll-top with the straps or just left as it is, to have
more room for all his stuff.


To carry the bag I made two soft but sturdy straps which can be adjusted.
All around a faux leather piping gives the bag a more sturdy look.

The boy was happy with his bag; I’m ambivalent about it. The bag itself looks great, but if I had to make it again, I think I would use a different material for the straps. They are now made with a cotton band, but it is a bit too fragile for this bag. So next time I think I would choose (faux) leather or something like that.

Groetjes, Dorien

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Covering notebooks


Earlier this year I already made a bookcover like this, and I because all my men use these notebooks, I wanted to make each one of them a personalised book.

It starts with finding a quote which is perfect and not too long. Then the fun starts. Using my embroidery software, I start with the quote as it is, and then play with fonts, lettersizes and layout until I’m satisfied.

ontwerp 1

Design1 b

The last step of designing is to add something extra, in this case a swirl and a banner. Then it should look like this.

Dream Big

After making all three quotes into designs, they were embroidered on felt and then the covers were glued on to the books.




Groetjes, Dorien

Saturday, December 2, 2017

No care needed

The last couple of weeks have been quite frantic. Today we’re going to celebrate our evening with Sinterklaas and I wanted to make as many gifts as possible myself. And even though I started a couple of months ago, it was as always a race against time to finish it all. And of course I thought just this week of the most complicated gift of them all. I’m not going to tell and show all of them, and certainly not all at once.

Today I want to start with these little cuties.


Three little knitted cacti made for J. He has moved out of our home last year and he loves to make his room cozy and homey. So he bought himself some plants. And you probably can guess what happened….. they didn’t live that long.
So he tried a cactus. Didn’t give it too much care, but some of his (female) friends gave it a bit of water when they visited. So the cactus lasted longer, but in the end, it didn’t survive either.


So as a kind of a joke, I made him these three little ones. The pattern is by Drops/Garnstudio, and the yarn used is Stylecraft Special DK.


Hopefully these will last a bit longer!

Groetjes, Dorien

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Chaos on my table


Usually I’m working on one or two projects at the same time. This time however, I’m really not counting anymore.  Maybe it is a lack of focus, or, if I’m kind to myself I would say it’s more a excess of creativity.

For the shop I’m making a few more Rose Scarves, So that is why the tray above is filled with these little flowers; it’s  a bit of an assembly line that I’ve set up.

But there’s a lot more on the needles.


December is on its way, so a lot of gifts have to be made. This is actually kind of alittle joke for one of my family members; I’ll show the finished items after they have been given away.


And since a couple of months I’ve been working on a new cardigan. I’m not sure what I was thinking to make a straight black cardigan; this is so boring, that it seems to take forever.

On the side, there are these letters:


The idea of another Scrabble Pillow but even though I’ve made the tiles already, I’m not too sure about the words I want on the pillow. So for now it is put aside.

Something else which is put aside for now is the idea of making a cover for the sewing machine. My workspace is in the living room, and often the machine is standing on the table. Not a very nice sight, so I thought of making a cover for it. The idea is to use patterns and designs which have a direct relation to the machine. So I think I’m going to make a piece with a lot of the stitches which the machine can make, an embroidered piece, and  so on. 

sewing maching

The design is from Embroidery Library, but I’ve changed almost all colors.

While making this post, I realize these are not the only wip’s. Fabric is waiting to be turned into blouses; there is a pile of fabric I bought to make special gifts for December; ……Maybe I need a to-do-list to make sure everything will turn out right.

Groetjes, Dorien