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Most of the power points have been disconnected to much of the house and I have only two in this room.  On these two points I have to run :

  • 2 sewing machines
  • 1 overlocker
  • 2 lamps
  • 3 printers
  • 3 computers
  • 3 external hard drives
  • 2 camera leads


all the recharge cords and things like my data projector and laptop, ipad etc.  (My husband, the engineer, assures me all these appliances will not over-load the system.)


So I was very interested when I chanced upon this tutorial for cord keepers.  (The 1" test piece is good.)

I have so many cords that I don't know which is what so I need to write the name of each one on the keeper. I quickly ran up this one for the ipad and it works fine. (I could have embroidered this name by hand or by machine but as I wanted a quick fix I used a fabric marker pen.) 


Then I tried it on the cord for the overlocker and found it a bit snug.  I think I will add another 1" (3cm) to the length of the pattern for this one.


These are great for using up your left over pieces of fabric.  I might even make some for my friends.

My weekend

I put an Italian blog into Google for a translation and this describes what I am doing all weekend;

"I am the grandmother full-time then the time to devote to the embroidery is little."  It says it all.

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But what a lovely way to use my time?

And the blog I took the translation from was ll Piacere Del Ricamo and Silvano has been running a great tutorial on Medici work.

Sample stitching

Here is an idea that I found in my cyber travels.  It would work great to mix old, from charity shops, and new, from the TAST stitching, and it looks good..

The blog is thread and thrift  and she has an interesting etsy shop as well.

I am working on my final Kogin Project for 2013 and should have it posted before the end of the year.  This has seen me undertake a series of experiments on how to finish hems using the hemp fabric.  I'm not all together please with the bound hem that I am using in Project No 12 and this has been the imputus to these experiments.  I will post these in the new year for those who also are also learning how to work with hemp fabric.

I have no trouble working with linen and cotton, even fabrics with a man made component.  But hemp fabric is completely outside my range of experience.   It will be interesting to see what I can do with it.

I have to try this project

I found this great tutorial whilst looking for something else, as you do.

I think that this is a fairly good translation from the Dutch and I am off to buy some carry bags from the Dollar store.

• 3x plastic bag 50x60x28 cm € 1/ST. (Turkish shop)
• 4 m bias pink, 3 cm wide, € 1.80 / m 3
• 4 m bias light, 3 cm wide, € 1.80 / m 3
• 65 cm thick white twill tape, 4 cm wide € 1.20 / m
• yarn € 1.45 / spool
2.5 hours
€ 12.85
(For 2 laundry bags, along washuisje 1)
• Cut two bags the handles and the upper surface of the zipper away.
• Short per bag in a side to 32 cm from the bottom, thus creating an asymmetric pocket.
• Cut out the third case 2 panels of 36 × 60 cm.
• Cut from a long side of both panels a piece of 20 × 31 cm, which is the opening of the laundry.
• Stitch the cut piece to the truncated side of the bags.
• Bies all seams around with pink or blue bias, except the top of the opening.
• Cut out the side panels of the third bag 2 pieces of 26 × 40 cm, which the flaps over the opening.
• Piping the flaps with pink or blue bias, and sew them to the top of the bags to longest.
• Work over the long sides with white twill tape.
Image credits: January issue 101 Woonideeën 2013

There are some nice ideas on this site.

Project link - No 9

My husband and I are learning French.  He is quite fluent and writes beautifully, having previously studied French for 5 years at high school.  His French master conducted all their lessons in French language only .  Bill can answer questions in French not knowing how he knows what to say.  Quite demoralising for me.

I haunt French blogs trying to read them, (my French is very basic) but then I find something really interesting and resort to the translator. My latest find is,  "Les Bricolos du Lundi".  So many interesting embroidery and patchwork pieces here.  One piece that has taken my fancy is this crazy patch box.  The colours are very Japanese, which I love.

But the finished box just blows me away.  (The blog entry is Feb 14th)

But then I found this one.

Finally I found the work of Lea Stansal and now I know where the inspiration came from.

      This is the project which is in French but it is not too hard to work out what it says.

Following these instructions I intend to make some of these boxes myself.

And once again I stumbled upon a reference to "the collection of Michael Perrier. "

He is a textile collector of French embroidered wool coverlets, although some are labeled as quilts.  I had always thought that this embroidery on wool was typically American. (Penny Quilts etc).  It is, but it has its beginnings in Central France.   Also, it is from around this area in France where the Amish came from originally.  That explains a lot.

Following the links I see that Sue Sprago appears in some of the photos with Lea Stansal.  There are similarities in their works and definitely links to that old French wool embroidery.

Back to the books.  We intend to have an extended stay in France and I want to be able to talk to lots people.  I'm starting with my neighbour, who comes from Belgium, to practise my conversation.

Project Link - 8 ( I think)

I had never thought of making these for the children but after watching my grandaughter play in  her toy kitchen I'm sure they will be a hit.  She has lots of make believe toys so these will be for my neice Kate's  little girl. 

My neices, Kate and Amanda, have always been very close.  Now Amanda and her family have moved to another town 3 hours away.  Kate's little girl (for whom these are for) thought of her three cousins as siblings rather than cousins, she is going to miss them.

You can find the project, which is related in great detail, at 'ikatbag."