• fin des vacances ...

     

    La semaine passée j’ai encore eu ma petite nièce de sept ans chez moi pour un petit « camping » et « stage bricolage ». Elle s’est régalée, et … moi aussi.

    Comme elle vient des Flandres, on en a profité (après la tour Japonaise et le Pavillon Chinois) de visiter quelques autres bâtiments connus à Bruxelles. Cette fois le choix s’est porté sur le palais du Roi (là où il travaille o-)) et bien sûr … nos neufs boules flottant dans l’air : l’Atomium.

    Alors que le palais nous a quelque peu déçues, les fameuses boules l’ont franchement épatée.
    L’idée qu’elle allait d’une boule à l’autre par les tubes connecteurs et que dans l’ascenseur elle puisse voire les câbles au travers du plafond et la vitesse avec laquelle on montait … des yeux émerveillés !

    at2.jpg

    Et puis en partant nous avions eu droit au spectacle de personnes descendantes du toit de la boule supérieure suspendues à un câble pour atterrir sur la pelouse ! J’ai de la chance qu’elle n’a que sept ans et que cela ne la tentait pas encore ! Vous vous imaginez que je descende de cette boule ainsi ?

    at1.jpg

     

    Et puis – en allant vers l’Atomium- un petit passage chez Secret Garden pour y acheter une petite broderie de demi-point. Petit, cinq couleurs seulement, et un début prometteur, bien que le chas de l’aiguille est toujours trop petit…

    Évidemment nous avons aussi fait d’autres « bricoles » ! Elle a appris ce qu’est un scoubidou et comment faire le plus simple, celui au carré avec quatre fils.  Marrant de voir comment un enfant apprend si vite à manier ces fils!

    Et puis elle a appris à tricoter : j’avais choisi une laine à pompons, douce et gonflante. Une laine exquise pour ne pas trop remarquer les mailles tombées et celles qui se sont rajoutées en cour de route … quelques multiplications, comme par magie !

    workshop.jpg

    Après il y avait la lavande récoltée de mes deux pots à la terrasse.
    Elle a patiemment enlevée les brins des fleurs séchées, inséré les fleurs dans une pochette en coton et puis … quelques points de broderie (point lancé) pour fixer une fleur sur une fleur sur un bout de feutrine … et puis plier le tout autour de la pochette de lavande et fermer avec quelques points droits.

    Voilà un coussin sentant très bon la lavande pour sa maman !

    lavender.jpg

    Au total, en comptant la couture à la machine du début du mois, et tous les apprentissages de ces derniers jours,  c’est quand même le tricot qu’elle préfère !

    Encore une initiation au crochet à faire, et je crois que l’essentiel du fil lui a été montré.

    Mais ça, c’est pour une autre fois.

    Bonne semaine !

    PS : mon plumier, transformé avec quelques boutons pour en faire ma pochette de voyage pour le crochet … c’est redevenu un plumier dans un nouveau cartable en Flandre  o ;-)

     

    Pin it! Print comments 5 commentaires
  • Petite information

    Un petit message pour vous informer de l'initiative de Zélody  (click pour y aller)

    Elle a crée un blog ou vous pourrez mettre en vente vos pelotes de laine/coton/... dont vous ne ferez quand même plus rien   o;-).

    C'est dans "le grenier à pelotes!" (click) 

    bannie10.jpg

    Attention : c'est un site français, et donc les frais de port internationaux risquent de monter ...
    Mes visiteurs belges devront donc veiller à s'informer auparavant !

    Pin it! Print comments 0 commentaire
  • Festival of quilts V

    For my last review of the Festival of Quilts, I’ll show you my other “Coup de Coeur” … not really a quilt but yet so beautiful textile handwork.

    Imagine a whole cloth totally full of short stitches embroidered very closely in one color: this is to make the background.
    And then on top of this, also very intense, a lot of chain stitches making animals, flowers, people or just geometric motifs.

    I’m talking about the embroidered wedding blankets of Southern Iraq.
    Each blanket with an incredible scale of warm colors is unique in its design.

    eden1.jpg
    eden2.jpg

    And then we had also the EQA exhibition.
    This year the theme was COLOUR CONNECTION: every country member received a color and nine 40*40cm quilts had to be made in that color.
    Only a 10% of the surface could have another tint/shade of another color.
    For Belgium it was purple and though it’s absolutely not my favorite color, I made a little one and it was chosen with eight others to represent Belgium.

    On the pic it’s the one in the middle on the bottom.

    belgium.JPG

    I also appreciated the quilts from Ireland in blue, Italy in grey, UK in yellow shades, the Netherlands in green, and Sweden in brown.
    That’s why I show you these photos …

    ireland.JPG
    italy.JPG
    uk.JPG
    nederland.JPG
    sweden.JPG

    And after this … just reading on the newsletter of Twisted Thread that there were almost 34.000 visitors this year, once again an increase in the amount of textile-fans! Hopefully they’ll put some more chairs or benches next year!  
    And I notice that you need to be registered to Facebook to see the pictures of the winners …
    why must we go through a social network for this?

    So I’ll stop here my series of photos and stories about the Festival … till next year maybe, surely, hopefully…

    fly away.jpg
    clouds.jpg
     
    Pin it! Print comments 2 commentaires
  • Festival of quilts IV

    Those among you who “travel” from blog to blog have certainly already seen the quilts awarded in The Festival. Plenty blogs are commenting them.
    I’ll share with you those who kept my attention, a little more my personal taste. Some have been awarded, others not.

    They had my particular attention because of some interesting details like design of quilting in African motifs, or use of special fabrics (skirts), or simply because it’s the best of show . Also in the 3D  I found some very special and well done.

    Diana Sanderson.jpg
    teresa jones.jpg
    Hanne Asbey.jpg
    Heather Allson's lavender bag.jpg
    Mai-Britt Axelsen.jpg
    Marie Roper.jpg
    mary Diamond.jpg
    Mary Mayne.jpg
    Nancy Sinise.jpg
    Rosalind Gregory & Joan Herrington.jpg
    Sarah Mellor.jpg

    Unfortunately … this year … also some really bad quilts...

    I only show some details … and I feel ssoooo sorry for those quilters because  nobody (probably … at least I hope that it’s ‘probably’!!) dares to tell them that they need some technical basic knowledge to make a quilt; probably there’s no one explaining them what they do wrong ….
    These quilters would be a friend of mine … I would prevent them from being exhibited like this, and I would explain what’s going wrong!  … It makes me feel sad that those things happen on an international exhibition, as well as I see quilts entered in the “contemporary” category while they are traditional.

    I don’t criticize the choice of color or the method of piecing or appliqué, not the final result either, everyone has a different taste and that’s good, because it makes an exhibition interesting and varied! I just can’t do like an ostrich and put my head in the ground. A quilt does need a good technical basic  and I apologize if someone recognizes her quilt in these pictures that I qualify as “totally bad”.

    wrong1.jpg
    wrong2.jpg
    wrong3.jpg
    wrong4.jpg

    Why are they “wrong”? It’s in some cases because the binding or border was not measured before sewing on the centerpiece … it‘s because the sleeve is sewn wrongly on the backside … it’s because the quilter wanted to imitate some details she saw in a quilt of a renowned artist (and failed in that attempt) … it’s because not all parts are quilted equally … maybe she thought that leaving here and there little threads is making her quilt an ‘art-quilt’ … sewing a long and a shorter piece together NEVER fits… no need to make it 3D and make it wave and undulate …

    But quilts like these are still in minority! The biggest part of the show was filled with quilts of good craftsmanship and some were simply stunning, amazing, fabulous, marvelous, gorgeous, excelling in all kind of techniques and super… everything goods you can think of.

    Look at “best of show”, a little tiny miniature quilt that you surely will see on all the blogs from those who visited Birmingham, and certainly in all magazines.  And with good reason!

    best of show.jpg
    best of show detail.jpg
    Pin it! Print comments 3 commentaires
  • festival of quilts III

    Maybe you remember that former posting where I told you that we (==>still Liliane and I, always together on the road o-)) …
    we had also tickets for a demonstration.
    It was planned on Thursday afternoon, after arrival & little snack, and it was such a disappointing one!  (And looking at the other participants, we were not alone…).

    First of all: I don't like when demonstrators put a paper in front of their table mentioning that you're  NOT allowed taking any picture while talking.
    Even if flashlights might be disturbing, just simply ask to take pics without “lightning”. And where I thought that we would learn how to avoid the difficult points in assembling the textile pieces of cakes and chocolates or how to place colors and shades in the cookie-pictured quilts … we only had a list of published articles and a show of the 3D pieces (don’t touch without this glove please!).
    So that was not the best moment of the day.

    But we had also workshops planned. And those were fab.
    The one I told you about yesterday … and the one right here.
    Jane Davies (wonderful teacher) gave “How to appliqué the Indian way”.

    It’s a very liberating way of working: no measuring, no patterns, don’t need to do exact identical triangles! Oooohh I love this way of working!
    Appliqué work in India relies upon simple shapes and our elephant is the perfect example of it!
    No looking at proportions, this little animal might be asymmetrical, might have a big or small tail, just cut out roughly the shape and start needle turning appliqué with a small hem, slip-stitch, couch a thicker thread down the outline and then fold some little triangles as border.

    One hour is a little short in time, so after we knew how to … we did next step.
    Jane Davies had well documented her workshop; she had examples of every step of the process, and different models and ways how to use your finished square in a cushion, quilt, bag …

    janes elephants.jpg

    See first some pictures of the work of Jane Davies and lower my result (so far, because not yet finished …).
    I also put another fabric in the border than the one she gave us, because the light blue doesn’t fit in my interior, and I also went buying in the Festival some other colors of shiny threads and some more beads, though the ones Jane Davies  gave, were nice too (will be used for another project). And here at home, I’ve got a collection of golden braids, and … yeah, it will become a little (much) bling-bling-Bollywood!

    my elephant too.jpg

     I’ll have to start now the embroidery in the border.

    my elephant.JPG

    And as bonus: this is Liliane’s elephant … before and after some “aesthetic surgery of the nose” 

    lils elephant.jpg

     

     

    Talking about shopping: except some walkways too narrow (with visitors stopping for a chat in the middle of it!), there was a lot to buy and I – how could I resist? - bought a few things and many books (actual and back issues of Selvedge magazine) … which made my luggage fairly heavy. And though the organization announced that rucksacks would be banned, we saw many too many rucksacks walking through the alleys and knocking whatever and whoever they crossed!

    Like every year there were not enough seats and first day we had – among soooo many others- to eat our lunch sitting on the ground … I don’t understand why, because there was so much place of the hall not being used! Is it really so difficult to put some more chairs or wooden benches? Every year it seems to get worse, especially because I had the feeling that the volume of visitors and stands was higher this year. It was very busy on Thursday and Friday, less on Saturday and calm on Sunday (best day for taking pictures).

    And then here some images of the stuff that made my luggage so heavy o;-).

    The Selvedge magazines; a gorgeous book about embroidery (exists originally in French!); some beautiful perlé threads; a cute little box with grey-black cotton and a tiny scissor in it; at ‘MoBair’ I found this handspun wonderful soft pure alpaca; an embroidery kit from Jane Davies (something simple to make between all the other things I’m doing…); a glove that will make crochet easier for my thumb… let’s hope so ;-)

    books.jpg

    threads.jpg

    things.jpg

    glove.jpg
    tomorrow some more pics of quilts that caught my attention ...

    Pin it! Print comments 2 commentaires
  • festival of quilts 2010 II

    Today I'll start with the most wonderful surprise that I could get. You know that many years ago Jenny, Françoise and I we started the "young quilters" in our Belgian guild. So many years later Jenny and Françoise walked on other roads, and right now there's a successor to take over the tremendous work of make people realize that the youth is our future. So meanwhile we've put all very much energy in trying to get some kids making quilts. Last year we had one quilt send to Birmingham and Silke had a mention HIGHLY COMMENDED from the jury.  This year we had three young quilters, one in each category (5-8yr,9-11yr,12-16yr)

     

     

    and ???

    (imagine that bells are ringing very loudly
    & I'm screaming   YEAAHHH )

    IMG_0212.JPG

    IMG_0210.JPG

    Isn't it wonderful ???

    Mirthe, a Belgian young quilter, first participation in a competition,
      won   GOLD  in category 5-8 years !!!

    Her grandma just helped with the binding, al the rest she did by herself!

    And then ..... in category of 12-16 years .... Justine received a HIGHLY COMMENDED from the jury !!!  

    IMG_0207.JPG

       Silke had also a quilt, but in her category, this year, the competition was of high level and she didn't won. But her quilt had a lot of viewers and  "ooh's" too.  

    IMG_0214.JPG

     An other item to know : Silke and Mirthe have both the same quilting grandma (thanks Anny for your patience !)

    So this feels a good closure for all the energy spent at making young quilters quilt and older quilters realize that these young quilters are our future (though many still don't understand it this way ... but that's another problem)

    and now some talk about ... workshops ...

    On friday,  we (liliane and me)  had a one-hour-workshop with Hildegard Braatz.  OOOOOhhhh that was a great hour. We didn't notice time going so fastly ! Hildegard Braatz let us made an interesting 3D collage : it was an hour full of hints and tricks, we had a lot of stuff and material :lace and buttons and threads and beads and a piece of felt, all much more than we could use; she found time to have a talk to everyone of us.... and after an hour we had already a lot of sewing done ! I continued sewing in the hotel room, late in the evening, and once at home, I could frame it  ... it was a fantastic time !  

     

    braatz.jpg
    collage.jpg
    IMG_0797.JPG

     

    So that's it for today ... don't forget to come back tomorrow for some other stories !

    Pin it! Print comments 4 commentaires
  • first impressions Festival of Quilts

    Hello again, here I'm back, had  wonderful 'holidays' (because those four days are my yearly vacation; I'm not the person who needs two weeks on the beach ...).
    It's the opportunity to meet some very interesting people, to talk to those I only see once in a year, to do -of course- the shopping for the stuff I don't find here (we truly miss the selection of book shops !!!) ,
    and most of all to look at all those wonderful quilts !
    We have only a one hour flight from Brussels to Birmingham, and even if  yesterday evening we had some delay,  nobody cared about this because we ( me and other quilters on the return) for a nice chat about what we saw, we noticed, we loved and hated, and I had also in my handbag ... a gorgeous book to read, ... all relaxed !
    The only one thing I soooo missed during those four days ... was a good cup of coffee.
    And that's what I'm  having here with me, near my little computer  : a big cup of a "very-strong" coffee "with-a-lot-of-taste".

    This morning, my head is still boiling with all kind of ideas and so much inspiration I got from the Festival, ... and I'll still be enjoying my trip for some couple of days ! You'll notice that on my blog Verrast

    The big question is : with what do I start ???

    Maybe with my favourite artist of this year ?  

    Galina Krasnikova, a russian actress who turned out to become a Bernina teacher ...
    how strange the twist in life can be !
    She's telling that quilting is like a theatre : " in this theatre, however, I can be a playwright and a director, a scene-designer and an actor, all at once". 

    There were several details in her quilts that were special and apart,
    the overal view of her creations is what I like to see,
    when you see it from a distance it's got a soften 'unity' and at closer view you notice so many interesting details. 
    She's using a lot of little pleats and folds,
     working with beads and lace-stuff,
    taking simple blocs, dying her fabrics,
    adding some relief with trapunto, 
    varying her machine quilting stitches with a lot of motifs,
    and it nevers look 'overdone', but it's all presented with such a "finesse"

    see for yourself ... and come back tomorrow for some other of my impressions !

    galina1.jpg
    galina2.jpg
    galina4.jpg
    galina5.jpg
    galina7.jpg
    galina8.jpg
    galina9.jpg
    gallina10.jpg
    galina6.jpg
    galina3.jpg
    Pin it! Print comments 6 commentaires
  • while I'm in Birmingham ...

    enjoy these pics : what I loved in home-magazines of last month ...

    fireplaces.jpg

    le beton dans tous ses états.jpg
    Pin it! Print comments 0 commentaire
  • I'm going to Birmingham !!!!

    Tomorrow is THE day !!

    I'll be on my way to  THE FESTIVAL OF QUILTS !! 
    and I'm sure that I'll be enjoying it from the beginning till the end !!

    imagine ..... 
    surrounded by hundreds of quilts, 
    many artists available to ask all details of their creations,
    all the tips and tricks, 
    many many shops who are selling all what can be related to fabrics,
    in a hotel full of quilters,
    tickets in my pocket for two workshops and a lecture ...

    and all of this during FOUR days  ...

    how could I not enjoy this ???

     

    Meanwhile, I  planned some postings ... and I hope to get back to you   next week with a lot of pic's
    so that those who cann't manage the visit of the Festival this year ...  
    they will have something to enjoy too !

    Pin it! Print comments 4 commentaires