Vi Der Textil

Hello ! Welcome to my blog.

My name is Viviane.  I'm living near Brussels in Belgium in a small town, called Strombeek-Bever and this place is part of the city of Grimbergen (like the well-known beer :-)).
Every day I spend a lot of time to my "hobby" : I love all kind of textiles ... from designing, creating, trying out old and new methods, as well in patchwork & quilting, as in crochet, cro-tat (frivolité au crochet), embroidery, knitwear, lace knitting & knitted lace, afghan crochet (crochet tunisien) ...

As long as I can play with threads and fabrics, I feel good!

I've published in 2009 a book on ‘cro-tat’ to explain this old and fascinating technique of lacemaking with a hook and made some very modern and up-to-date models as well as a video course to show it's really not so difficult.

My second book has been released in October 2011. It's about lace knitting for beginners in French. How to read a chart or diagram? How to create movements to the left or to the right in a leaf- or flower-design?
 Besides the basic technique, there are 22 shawls and stoles explained with full pictures and I truly hope that beginner-knitters won't be afraid anymore from lace knitted shawls and they will dare to start - one day - more difficult patterns such as a Haapsalu or Orenburg one  
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I wrote also a small little book of 32 pages with explanations for the socks-loom (oval-shaped Prym knitting loom, but also for other rectangular ones), released early in 2012 with a lot of different stitches (from a cable to different fantasy ones) to make beautiful socks or mittens.

Then … end of April 2015 … a second lace-knitting-book with 28 original designs: 14 shawls-stoles each accompanied with a matching hat-bonnet-beret-headband or gloveless mitts.
All my books are published by Editions Carpentier in France.

Very soon will come a book on Locker-hooking ... keep in touch for more news in the next weeks to come ...

The personal stuff …

I'm a mum of a grown-up daughter Vanessa who left home to start a life with Mathieu, and I’m a ( still young) grandmother since September 2011!! A wonderful baby boy named Quentin.

You'll notice that this blog is written a bit in English and French and a little Dutch. Originally we spoke French at home, and I went to a Flemish school and had lots of Flemish-talking friends, but then I moved back to Brussels and ... now, well  it doesn't matter which language is spoken, I adapt ...
It's all a cheerful mix, just like life in Belgium.

So very welcome here and hope you'll enjoy your time spent reading my scribbles... but please notice that my original work and design is copyrighted. So ask and link as much as you desire !!

PS: if there’s something in French or Flemish you don’t understand, please ask !!