Weaving….part 2

I’ve been very busy last weekend. In an earlier post I told you I bought an Ashford Rigid Heddle 80 cm loom at Wolboerderij Blij Bezuiden and beautiful Swedish yard at Bjorkkulla. I’ve set up the warp (in white) and wove my first fabric (in ice blue/grey) by the yard. It’s very fun and relaxing making your own fabric. I even behave like a dare-devil and tried ‘stripes’ ….
As this is my first weaving project, the result as shown below needs improvement. This finished product is a test and not yet available for sale. As you can see, even after washing the fabric with handwarm water and a little detergent, there are still ‘holes’ between the yard, and that’s (obviously) not wanted ! The used reed in combination with the yarn I bought is not good. So I must use a finer reed with this yarn, or use thicker yarn with this reed. But I must say I’m very pleased with the result. The fabric is extremely soft and has a very pleasant touch.
Up to the next project !

Weaving …..

This will be my next project. Trying to learn how to weave. My kids looked at me as if I came from another century…..
According to the many video tutorials I found on youtube, anyone can weave. So I thought I’d give it a go and try to weave my own tea towels.

Today I received the beautiful Swedish weaving yarns of Bjorkkulla. Creamy white and ice blue/grey. Can’t wait to start weaving on my Rigid heddle table loom ordered at Wolboerderij Blij Bezuiden. Thanks Mirjam (Bjorkkulla) and Janny (Wolboerderij) for your excellent advise.

I’ll keep you posted !

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New autumn design – Mushrooms !

Autumn is here and what better time then to make a pillow cover with this theme. In the forests in Sweden we’ve taken a lot of photo’s of mushrooms. Photo’s, my art board and a lot of patience kept me busy for some time converting them into drawings and making a pillow cover of it.

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Preview pillowcover front - Mushrooms

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Fire

Winter is coming, the plaids and blankets come out of the closet, we light some candles and we relax on the couch with a good book and a glass of wine. And of course, a matching pillow is essential for this relaxing moment. So why not add a stylish note with my pillow cover with a photo of fire.
I’m getting all warmed up ! And how about you ?

Fire pillow cover for sale at my shop.

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Fire

Fire

Fire

Fire

Fire

Fire

Fire

Fire

Beetle juice

Little crawling critters, bugs, beetles, mosquitoes, bees, spiders, grasshoppers…. they’re everywhere in our garden. As long as they stay in there, it’s fine by me. But please, don’t come into the house…..unless you’re on a pillow cover. Then I will cherish, coddle, pamper, hug and even sleep with you.

A macro photo of a beetle, set on a pillow cover is available in my shop.

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Beetle juice

Beetle juice

Beetle juice

Beetle juice

Sourdough bread – yummie !

In Sweden I have time to do things I normally don’t have time for when I’m back home and everybody is going to school and I have to go to work. So here, I love to go to the loppis, walk in the forest and catch up reading books and magazines. But I also love to cook and bake. I’m very fond of the taste of sourdough breads. So today ‘m baking sourdough breads.

Sourdough is nothing more than flour and water yeasting for several days, each time adding a little bit of flour. It’s very difficult to make. When you do it right, you will get a kind of liquid sour smelling bubbling looking porridge.

In Sweden you can buy this sour porridge in the better supermarkets. So I thought I’d give it a try. Ofcourse you still need to add flour, water, salt, yeast and oil. 1 small cup of this porridge should be enough for 2-3 breads.

This is the result. It did not rise as high as expected, but OMG…what a great taste !

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1-2-3 Relax….

How to relax in your own backyard without spending a fortune on trendy furniture, expensive outdoor rugs and luxurious pillows ?
Here’s my way to relax in our Swedish backyard.

  1. Search for as many rugs you can find. If you don’t have them you can buy them really cheap at second hand stores, loppis, or even at IKEA. Perhaps your mother, mother-in-law or your grandmother has some rugs they never use. Claim them ! (Tell them it’s already a small part of your legacy 😉 )

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  2. Make sure you have lots of fresh fruit, a good book or magazine, freshly picked flowers and of course something to drink. (Tell your husband you definitely need 2 drinks, 1 for thirst, 1 for sipping !).Relax 2 Relax 1
  3. Et voila ! Your instant lounge place. All you have to do now is …….Relax 3
  4. Chasing your kids away, so YOU can relax…. 😉Relax 4

Swedish moss

In Sweden we are always amazed by the changing of the seasons. The seasons are so intense and vivid. You might think that this photo is taken in full summer, but actually it was taken in February in our backyard. It’s a macro photo of a tiny-tiny-tiny moss flower growing on a rock. Don’t you just love nature ?

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1 June : Blossoms 1 – Pretty with pink

BLOSSOMS 1 – Pretty with pink

Flowers…. I’m extremely allergic to them. So I can’t have fresh flowers  at home. Flowers on a pillow cover are, however, a good alternative for me.
I don’t sneeze, don’t have red eyes and it makes my house look very stylish.
What else does a girl wants ? Available in my shop

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Blossom 2

Blossom 2

Blossom 2

Blossom 2