Saturday, June 11, 2011

Myths and fairytales,a freeform crochetchallenge

This year we did again a freeform-crochet challenge!
Myths and fairytales were the chosen subject, I chose for the Greek Myth of Icarus.
It was a real challenge to me to give the idea of a flying person......

And there is a wonderfull book at

Daedalus, an architect and builder, created a Labyrinth for King Minos to contain the Minotaur (half man, half bull). But Daedalus,and his son, Icarus were imprisoned in the palace of Knossos, Crete, by King Minos because Daedalus had given Minos’ daughter, Ariadne a clew (a ball of string) to help Theseus (who was Minos’ enemy) defeat the Minotaur.

Daedalus attempted to escape with Icarus by making two pairs of wings from wax and feathers. Daedalus told Icarus not to fly too high or too low because the sun would melt his wings and the sea would make his wings damp. But Icarus was exhilarated with the thrill of flying, and, ignoring his fathers’ warnings, carelessly flew higher and higher. The sun melted the wax on his wings. Icarus kept flapping his wings but realized too late that all his feathers had gone and he was only flapping his bare arms. The boy fell into the sea and drowned.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Irish crochet with a modern twist

For years I have been admiring Irish crochet!
the way all this roses,leaves and other motifs are crocheted and then attached to each other.....
Since my health is not that good nowadays, I spend a lot of time just sitting..
well, not just sitting in an idle way, I have been gathering information and knowledge about this form of crochet.

two weeks ago I started,with the silk yarn I have in stash.
I realized white would not really work for me, so I paint the motifs I crochet,and the yarn for the ground I paint in skeins.
So I have control over each color on each place!

For the photo I took it of the groundfabric to look to it, and I really like it!

Because I use silk, and don't work it too tight, it really gets a flow what will make it very suitable for a top!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

4 seasons challenge

This is my contribution to the challenge organized by Myra Wood.
52 participants show their interpretation of the 4 seasons, mainly freeform crochet, but several other techniques are used.
you can see them here

I chose just one season, summer.
For the background I used my new embellisher,and crochet.
the cottage was done by machine,crosstitched embroidery. The cottage is pure imagination, digitized by me.
For the trees and flowers mainly freeformcrochet,and some needlefelted

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

my entry at OEQC

A few weeks ago I entered a quilt in an international contest, the Open European Quilt Contest!

There was a theme,' magic', and I made this quilt especial for this occasion.

My second quiltcontest ever, and it really showed I wasn't aware of the fact that there were no "wild"quilts ,but mine......

I didn't get any ribbon ofcourse,but the distributor of Aurifil , Anita from Nitidesign, reward me for the 'most remarkable quilt'!!!
It was painted, hand and machinequilted , handapplication(the tree)and had many threedimensional parts, what doesn't show in the picture.
Ansje Prooper made this great picture of my piece, she was for the 4th time in a row winner in the advanced-category!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

exploring fibre- needlefelting

Finally I am back on exploring new ways to work with Fibres!
I have been needle felting with silk, banafibre and viscose on a cotton batting.
Don't now how it is possible, but it turned out in another landscape.......

Long a go I was an avid machineknitter,and from this era there were some unfinished objects, I picked a sleeve and felted the landscape on it.
With a combination of viscose and silk I crocheted a treelike structure(freeform)
and felted and sewed it on the background
All together it looks quite nice to me.....

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

October 29th,weddingday Adri en Ype

Today is our weddinganniversary.... the 32nd
And the 10th anniversary my husband is so missed
But sure a day to remember!
And a dress to remember.....

October 29,1976.
On August 31, I bought the yarn and started crocheting.
The day before the wedding it was completed in a little less than 2 months.
The little cap I crocheted using a pattern of a fur cap from a magazine of 1953, thatI accidentally crossed.

My mother crocheted the upper part of the dress and made a dark green lining,
she made a little bag of the same material using an old silver ornament, that was used in the 1800's by an early relative.
It was part of the official Frisian costumes of that times. At that time we didn't know your custom of something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Only the blue thing was missing because I also borrowed a pair of crocheted gloves of my MIL. I did not wear them. My shoes had the same colour of the lining of the dress and the colour of my husband 's suit was the same too."

Monday, October 06, 2008


Journals in Picture by the Journal Quilting Group : AFIER

Given the succes of this exhibition last year in Groningen it will be held again between 14 March on the 11th of April 2009 in the museum Het Leids Wevershuis in Leiden.
The exhibition is a collection of quilts which portrey the visualization of journal entries on the scale of A-4 paper.
Another 20 larger quilts will also be displayed.
Apart from the size a journal quilt should visualize something from the creators life that would appear in their personal diary.

The quilts have been made by a group of about 20 quilters using various techniques apart from only needlework.
Beads, paper, tyvek and even rusty nails are just some examples of the materials used.

In the weekends during the exhibition several demonstrations will be given on topics such as fabric printing and punching with the embellisher machine, a method of making felt with a big variety of fabrics. For more details about the group go to:

The Wevershuis is open from Tuesday thru Sunday from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm.
For more details about the museum go to :

Combine a visit to the exhibition with a tour through the beautiful city of Leiden as 2009 is The Pilgrim Year in Leiden.
For more information: