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8 Oct 2017

Bookbinding - an update

Bookbinding online class - oh what did I start! 
I am courageous and started something quite new for me
Although while experimenting I long for fabric and thread
I can‘t deny it.

At least I made a front and back cover with a little
fabric, liberty scraps, and held it down with tulle and
then going over it with the sewing machine

Also a litte handstitching
embroidering the title with backstitches - Bunte Bücher 
(coloured books)
It is an online class with Anne Lange at

After folding the pages and binding them with
an easy technique - the side edge binding

I started to think about the next steps ...
the actual binding of the book.
I have to combine two methods and it is not solved yet.
I didn‘t follow the instructions ------ now, readers, please excuse,
I chose the wrong expression. Of course, teacher never gives any
instructions but merely advices or suggestions. However, I am a complete newbie
in this craft and therefore very dependent of - lets call it now "recommendations".

And - a celebration - one piece for two
with coffee on an outing into the Black Forest/Schwarzwald

Fifty-five years together - two children - three grandchildren
A move from one French farmhouse into another French 
house will soon happen, soon? Maybe in two or three months
we started to move mentally. 

We enjoyed this cake - the calm before the storm -
but wait - the storm hasn‘t begun yet.

24 Sep 2017

New new in our house

Three boys and a cooking and cake baking grandma

Each day one scrap

Three scraps - some stitches - oh, a house came out and maybe
a lake. A French-knot-cloud and some rain.
This ist to test the new blog-app.

11 Sep 2017


Lots of thinking and what came out?

This. There is even a spine. Inside I fixed very narrow strips
which are drawn through a kind of crocheted eyelets and knotted loosely -
I could easily add more pages. There are six at the moment.

Beads at the end of the strips to give some weight

Turning over a page it looks like this - 

Detail of a page - I love the tunnel

.... and the toggles

.... and the bullion knots over a length of gimp.
     It was a wonderful class.

10 Sep 2017

Future fabric book

A class with Karen Ruane - Embroidery School - which started in January 2017
I am preparing to bind the six pages together. with the cover

Above the front cover
and below the backside - all sewn by hand -
embroidered and beaded - lace made by machine
painted paper fixed with French knots

A collage with paper and fabric strips, lace, hand and machine embroidery 
embellished with my favorite stitches, French knots

Machine-sewn grid over a strip of fabric,
buttonhole stitches around cut-out lace flowers

Various embellishments with silk fabric, edge of a hanky, cutwork and
lace flower (clockwise)

Bumpy bits, gimp cord, scattered octagons, buttonholed machine sewn lace,
bullion knots, embellished grid of octagons

Cross stitched letter from an earlier project, padded scrim embellishment, gimp cords
cutwork, toggles - and all this on a piece of the baptism dress of DD (50 years ago)

Top right: little pocket, hexagon cutworks, beading
Now I will invent some binding of all this.

15 Aug 2017

It is starting

This is number one - and many will follow
We love pumpkin soup - this one ist called Hokkaido

it was really a surprise - 
they grew like mad out of a few tiny seedlings -----
when we were absent.

I  cared for more place for my other plants meanwhile.

11 Aug 2017

Familienzusammenkunft - family gathering in the Vosges

We are eating raclette - a Swiss meal with potatoes and excellent cheese
and many other things.
The cooked potatoes are covered with cheese and then put under the grill
to melt the cheese.

We are eating in the very original kitchen in an old farmhouse
in the Vosges

And grand-daughter made a quilt after her own idea with fabric scraps
which she found digging in a  big bag - I don't through away any 
fabric no matter how small.


Weather was not just like we want to have it - but this
evening it gifted us with this double rainbow

2 Aug 2017

Blog is not forgotten - little quilts and the castle of Oricourt(France)

I am more often posting on Instagram - it is easy and instant
but I don't forget my blog.
An old square block with the four edges folded in
a little embroidery on it and
another pin cushion emerged
The quilt for the new bathroom in our "house of renovation" 
in blue and green - water themed. - this is the basting
and then some quilting - by machine - not finished yet
family is coming from Switzerland and the States
and my work must stand back

DH did some work - he constructed
new shutters - wooden and painted to fit with the ones
which will stay in place - made of plastic. 

Arent't they just perfect. And it was so hot while he worked
A place-set rather than a little quilt in English paper piecing EPP
I don't think I would ever place my coffee mug on it 

I started to quilt it by hand - circles
It was Sunday - so we decided to visit a castle - which is more or
less a ruin - interesting and of medieval times (12th century)
with an added farmhouse of the 19th century (no photo)

Picturesque sights

But look at this tower and how nature conquers it back
trees are growing on top and ivy is creeping up
The view is fantastic
The castle is surrounded by a ditch which was
never filled with water 

The couple who undertook this enormous work is
living in a small part of the castle - the rest are just walls

And here I am now - in the Vosges and am having this lovely sight.

8 Jul 2017

Ties to bag

Fleamarket in France - they call it vide-grenier (empty attic)
I couldn't go past those ties. -
actually DH discovered them - I go to such events
telling to myself: "I hope I won't buy anything"
(a saying which I adopted  from old patchwork friend Ulla - 
no more among us)

Colours were just asorted wonderfully
light blue and one with black stripes for accent

Now I was trying to bring together those ties - making a bag
but had to ask Deanna of  for the pattern
I made a bag of ties before but didn't store the pattern
And dear Deanna sent it to me instantly after asking her

The advantage of internet!
She made bags with three ties. I wanted a bit a bigger one 
and tried it with four ties.

After pinning and tacking and undoing and again pinning 
that is what came out
It is rather solid and sturdy for I used the ties as they were.

We are slowly moving our things from Haute-Saône to the
Vosges into our farmhouse - we want to give up the
"house of renovation" - We feel that it is to far to go to
from Germany.

Table and garden chairs in the trailor - 811m altitude
It is about the fourth loading - we are driving 1 hour 
from house to house.

Look at this sight - from the east side of the house.
So beautiful! We will spend soon some time here with our children
Same procedure as every year!