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January 17, 2010

Progress, a workshop and sleigh driving

Last week I had some really nice stitching time and in spite of a huge frog who not only visited my house but was determined to sit on my lap I have some nice progress.
First part of the week I concentrated on the Travelling Stitcher, so I finished the main part (except for my initials) and started the small part, Needles, at the right side of the fabric.



Second part of the week I focused on Needlemania 2 and that is the moment the nasty frog decided he loved me and didn't want to leave my side. All the blue stitches in it were stitched three times before I finally found the mistake I made. But now I am ready to start part three of this SAL.



My new fabric came in, some wonderful colours of Silkweaver, on which I plan to stitch a new Chatelaine Design. It sure will be on one of the greens, but I haven´t decided on which one, as the material list isn´t up yet.





The design isn't out yet, starts in February, so I have some time to finish the one I am working at (Holland Springtime) first LOL.

Yesterday I followed a workshop on Miao patchwork. You can see some of their clothing here. The teacher, Ien Rappoldt, was tought by Miao women to do this patchwork and now she passes this on to Dutch women. I know her for a few years now, due to our shared passion for China. In the morning we were practising the patchwork with paper to learn how to build up this kind of patchwork.



In the afternoon we were allowed to work with the original silk fabric Ien brought from China herself.



While I was busy learning how to do Miao patchwork, DH and DD went to a competition sleigh driving in the park at our hometown. On these pictures you can see some traditional clothing and traditional sleighs. Santa wasn't there with his sleigh and reindeer. You can see more pictures here.












17 comments:

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Great progress - the frog visited me most on part 1. Beautiful sleigh pictures! It looks like a wonderful event, but so cold!

Margaret said...

Lovely progress on your WIPs! That Miao patchwork -- how neat that you're learning how to do it! I love the sleds, so cool!

Sarah Lindfield said...

I just love all your work Joke. Lovely photos of the snow I love the sleighs.

Anonymous said...

Hello dear, nice work and especially the snowy town. Regards from Loredana in Croatia. My blog is
www.villa-loredana.blogspot.com
<thsankd in advance. Loredana.

Blu said...

Great pictures of the sleighs. I've never seen one in real life. I think I'd be too afraid of the giant horses to appreciate it, so these picture are great!

Janaina said...

Beutiful progress, Joke! =)
Looove the snowy pics!
Missing you, girl!
Knuffles!

Debra said...

Pretty stitching I really like the sampler. Your quilt piece is going to be so nice. I love the sleigh pictures. Thanks for sharing.

stitchinfiend said...

That frog sure was a naughty frog. Love the Miao patchwork and the sleigh ride pictures are gorgeous

Carolyn NC said...

Awesome progress! Kick that frog out the door and send him in the snow! Love the pics of the sleighs. and I love your fabric. Doesn't Silkweaver have the most scrumptious colors?!

Mzplcdokie said...

Wow, the stitching and the workshop piece look fantastic! The sleigh driving looked like lots of fun also. Your blog is very nice to browse through with all the beautiful pictures.

CJ said...

What beautiful pictures!! Great job on your stitching. I really don't like the frog and I try to keep him out of my house. Hope he does not come back to visit your for a long time.

CJ

Mylene said...

Very good progress on both your WIP's.
Great snow pictures!

Giovanna said...

Your Travelling Stitcher is so cute! Your other plans/WIPs are lovely too. Look forward to following them on your blog. I'm told that blenders work well against frogs...

Michelle said...

Great pics your stitching is coming along great :) hope that naughty frog leaves you alone now, snow and sleigh pics look amazing how great :) xxx

Ingrid said...

I love the pictures, they are beautiful and you made a super nice progress!

DJ said...

Wow, Joke, you are a busy stitcher! Love your work, especially the SAL you are working on, the colors really make this pop! The sleigh pictures are wonderful, I would have loved seeing that! *Hugs* (PS - the pink computer is a GREAT idea! LOL!!)

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Oh those hateful frogs!! They are such party poopers! :[ Sorry they got stuck on your doorstep for a while and glad you banished them! Meanwhile, you've made headway on such beautiful things, Joke! And, those sleighs make me so jealous... We haven't chatted in some time. Hope all is well with you. Hugs, Deb

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