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Tea Towels, again

I have been making tea towels again. I find the size easy to manage and one can try new things easily.
At the moment I am very interested in screen printing. This seems to be a bit difficult but gives very good results.
Until I work up the courage to try that, I am fumbling around with freezer paper.

Here I drew a cat reaching for a fish.


I made two of them, one for my aunt and one for a woman that has helped me tremendously in the last few years.

First I drew the design, then copied it onto Freezer paper. Filled the design with fabric color.
Under the cat is a small border with one of my stamps that I made.
Wait for it to dry …
Then iron it, so it will last.


Then comes the applique, the fish.
Then I decided it needed some more touching up with fabric colors.
So wait some more for it to dry

And lastly the sewing of the edges and a small thing to hang it up.


They are a bit different, because each one is drawn separately.
Oh! And I’ve given up on straight lines. I tell myself there is no straight line in nature, so my tea towels are bent, not one line straight. But maybe no one notices. Maybe I should first stop pointing it out to everyone 🙂
Oh well, the intent is the important thing.
And both were made with love


I hope you like them!

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Here is another mobile that I made.


I took wire and wrapped this with other, thinner wire, to make it look nicer and more stable. At the end I made a little place for my squirrel to sit. It likes to sit by the window and look out.

Some felt balls, nice paper and my beloved glass globe.

It sways gently, because its immediately on top of the heating and the warm air makes it dance.






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Fox Love

My love for foxes continues …

I made this small fox, he loves his little nest that he is sleeping in, it has a nice cushion of grass so that he lies comfy.

Meine Liebe zu FĂĽchsen hält an …

Ich habe diesen kleinen Fuchs gemacht. Er liebt es in seinem kleinen Korb zu liegen, innen drinnen ist Gras, damit er weich liegt.


I love these alert little eyes!

Ich liebe diesen aufgeweckten Ausdruck der Augen!


and how one ear is slightly crooked – he is a funny, sly, little one!

und sein Ohr, das leicht eingedrĂĽckt ist! Es gibt ihm einen verwegenenen, lustigen Ausdruck!

Here are the other ones I have made so far.

This one is big, hangs on the wall.

Hier sind die anderen die ich bis jetzt gemacht habe.

Dieser ist gross, hängt an der Wand.


And this one. He came to me at a difficult time of my life and made me happy. Unfortunately I cannot get a good picture of the colors. It always looks to harsh, to hard. But in fact it is gentle orange with a little red.

Und dieser. Er kam zu mir in einer schweren Zeit und hat mich aufgemuntert. Leider gelingt es mir nicht, ein gutes Foto von ihm zu machen, die Farben kommen immer falsch raus, zu hart, zu extrem. Aber tatsächlich ist ein ein ruhiges Orange mit ein bißchen Rot.



Cat on a bag

Here is a small bag I made for my sister. Actually its not so small, about 20×20 cm. But it is intended to be used while travelling as a cosmetics bag.

I spend an insane amount of time trying to decide which fabric to use, worrying too much of “did I chose the right ones” “will she like it” and on and on. Usually I get just fed up with myself after some time and start sewing.

Hier ist ein kleines Täschchen, dass ich fĂĽr meine Schwester genäht habe. Tatsächlich ist es nicht so klein, 20×20 cm. Aber ich dachte es könnte als Kulturtäschchen bei Reisen verwendet werden.

Das schwierigste für mich ist, mich für den Stoff zu entscheiden. Ich sorge mich ob ich wohl die richtigen Farben genommen habe, ob sie es wohl mögen wird etc etc, irgendwann ist mir alles zu viel und ich fange an zu nähen.


The fabric I finally decided upon has red birds and light blue flowers on it and I made a cat applique, because my sister has a very sweet cat.
On the inside there is a vintage fabric with some fishes on it.

Der Stoff für den ich mich entschieden habe, hat blassrote Vögel und lichtblaue Blumen, darauf habe ich die Katzen Applikation genäht, als kleine Verbeugung vor der wirklich reizenden Katze die meine Schwester hat.
FĂĽr die Innenseite habe ich einen alten Stoff genommen auf den Fische gedruckt sind.


As always a little side compartment.
Wie immer eine kleine Seitentasche.


And a felt ball, some glass beads and a small cat figurine to be able to grip the zipper better.
Und fĂĽr den Reissverschluss eine Filzkugel, Glasperlen und eine kleine Katzenfigur.


I am going through a difficult time in my life right now and I have alienated myself from my family. This seems to be important for me, to come to terms with my life and what has happened. But I don’t want to hurt anyone, this is my difficult decision, so I hope to tell her that I love her with this little present.

Ich bin gerade in einer schwierigen Phase meines Lebens … habe mich von meiner Familie entfernt … es scheint, dass ich es nur so schaffen kann mit meinem Leben Frieden zu schliessen.
Aber ich will niemanden verletzen und daher dieses kleine Geschenk damit sie weiss, dass ich sie liebe.

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New Dishtowel

Its sunday again, weather is gloomy and cold, so what better to do than to make a new dish towel and pot holder!

Dish towel 3

I bought a new book: Scandinavian Needlecraft by Clare Youngs. I like the simplicity of the designs and the plain colors. It has inspired me for the towel and the pot holder.

Although, as usual, some corners that could be done a bit more “professional”, as in straight, or with greater care. But I guess I have arrived at the point that I accept my imperfections. So I am happy and like the result!

Dish towel 2

Dish towel 4

Dish towel1

Hope you like it too!

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Owl Book

I am a book seller by profession, so books are very valuable to me. On the other hand … I thought, if I do this, then this book will always remain special to me …
So some arguments pro, some con and then my curiosity got the best of me: will I be able to do it?

So here it is:

My owl book


The idea is out of the new “Making” Magazine, a magazine that I like very much.

One takes a cloth bound book (believe me, that was the hardest part! I have VERY many books, but now-a-days everything seems only to be bound in paper, even if its hardbound) and cut out the hole for the owl. Unfortunately mine had writing on the cover so I had to cut away a larger part, then you cut out the design on the front and put the owl inside.

I changed it as I made my own owl design and added some color.

And I really love that the book has a skyline on the bottom, a perfect thing for this project!

Now my sheep Manfred and Klaus are keeping the owl company.


Hope you like it!

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Stop needle loss!

When I am doing embroidery I keep losing my needles. Not thinking I put them somewhere, or I get up to do something, coming back I cant find the needle any more.
Besides having to find a new needle, I worry about all the needles in my apartment. So today I thought of this simple fix:

Wenn ich sticke verliere ich andauernd meine Nadeln. Ich passe nicht auf wo ich sie hinlege oder denke an anderes während ich aufstehe.
Nicht nur muss ich dann eine neue Nadel organsieren, auch mache ich mir Gedanken um all die herumliegenden Nadeln in meiner Wohnung. Also habe ich heute eine schnelle und einfache Lösung gefunden:

Needle 1

I made a little ball, some fabric stuffed with wool roving (that I happen to have for my needle felting) and glued it onto a clothes peg with my glue gun.

Eine kleine Kugel, Stoff mit Wollfasern gefüllt (die ich für mein Nadelfilzen reichlich besitze) und das Ganze mit einer Heissklebepistole auf eine Wäscheklammer geklebt.


I now have a perfect “parking space” for my needle!

Endlich ein sicherer Hafen fĂĽr meine Nadeln!


The pattern is using a template from Mollie Makes Magazine. I changed it a bit, but I can never copy anything without changing it 🙂

Die Vorlage ist aus der Zeitschrift Mollie Makes. Ich habe sie verändert, aber ich kann nie etwas kopieren ohne es für mich anzupassen 🙂