Thursday, 5 November 2015

Open European Quilt Championships 2015 - my quilt

Last week was the exhibition of the Open European Quilt Championships. This year for the first time in Maastricht. And for the first time I've submitted a quilt! It's the portrait of my grandmother (you can read the story behind this quilt under the tab "Quilting"). 

Of course I went to see my quilt hanging there between all the other 140 exhibitors. I felt so proud! My quilt is in the catalog and as a participant I received a set of quilting thread. That was a very nice surprise.

Furthermore, I've seen many splendid quilts and I've had conversations with very nice people from different parts of the world. Next year I'll be going again!


The quilts are hanging freely in the room, which gives a very spatial effect.
My quilt, made by Atelier YT
Myself, posing at my quilt.
The catalog


Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Felted blanket or shawl

I've posted pictures of this little blanket before, but in these phots's you can get a better look of the size. It's a nice and warm blanket, a little too thick for using as a shawl though. 

Felted Merino wool on etamine de laine (wool fabric), combined with a small shawl from the second hand shop. 

Felted blanket, made by Atelier YT

Felted blanket, made by Atelier YT


Saturday, 17 October 2015

Crochet shawl of 75-year old yarn

The end of last year I was experimenting with rayon (viscose) from the legacy of my grandmother. The yarn is possibly 75 years old. (See historical research yarn and start of shawl).

I crocheted a big shawl which was finished around Christmas last year. I didn't have the opportunity to take photos of it, but last month a made the time for it, with the help of a friend. Here are a few pictures of my shawl. 

The pattern is of Cascade Yarns, but I made the top edge and the fringe differently. Also, because my yarn was so much thinner than the one in the pattern, the pattern turns out much finer.
http://www.cascadeyarns.com/patter…/DK234_UltraPimaShawl.pdf



Crochet shawl, made by Atelier YT

Crochet shawl, made by Atelier YT
Crochet shawl, made by Atelier YT
Crochet shawl, made by Atelier YT
Crochet shawl, made by Atelier YT
Crochet shawl, made by Atelier YT







Infinity scarf - crochet

End of September I crocheted this warm long scarf. Just in time, because winter seemed to reach our country suddenly last week.

This long scarf has three buttons on one end, so you can make an infinity scarf. But the buttons fit anywhere in the scarf, so that it can be worn in many different ways, such as a cardigan. It is very soft and very warm, wonderful!

Yarn: Artesano superchuncky, 50% alpaca, 50% Peruvian mountain wool. Crocheted in the linen stitch, in three colors, with hook 15mm.


Crocheted scarf, double folded and fixed with buttons.
Crocheted scarf, double folded and fixed with buttons.
Crocheted scarf,nice and warm!
Crocheted scarf, worn as a cardigan.
Crocheted scarf, worn as a cardigan.
Crocheted scarf, loosely worn around the shoulders.






Monday, 12 October 2015

Developing a pattern for crochet scarf

Last summer I bought some gorgeous yarn to crochet a warm, soft scarf with for upcoming winter. The yarn is Superchunky by Artesano. I used a 15 mm hook. 

I got inspired by different patterns on the internet, but I wanted something different. That's why I developed a pattern by myself, simply by trying different stitches. 

It turned out that with this thick yarn a simple stitch with only single crochet (USA) is the most beautiful. Double crochet (USA) and complicated patterns make the scarf unnecessarily thick and coarse, and moreover: it takes too much yarn. I had only eight skeins, so I had to measure and calculate to get the right size.

Trying different stitches. 

I chose the linen stitch, which is simple, but creates a lovely effect in multiple colors. 
Then I calculated how wide the scarf had to be. I wanted to wrap the scarf around my body like a cardigan, so I needed approximately 1.80 m. length. By crocheting a sample of one skein, I could measure and calculate how long the scarf would turn out. The brown one in the picture is too short, the green one is good.

Measuring and calculating....
The scarf in progress.

The final result, see my next post!




Sunday, 21 June 2015

Sculptural Felt International - exhibition in Horst, the Netherlands

Sometimes I am so busy with all kinds of things, that I do find the time to go to exhibitions and museums, but don't have time to post about it here. So that's why I show some of my photos of this exhibition just a few months later. The artwork is of such a high quality that it deserves to be shown and it's worth a visit. So, if you happen to be in Australia, you can still see this great exhibition.

I visited the Sculptural Felt International exhibition last april at Museum De Kantfabriek in Horst, the Netherlands. Here is a short impression. 


The exhibition is now in Australia: 
6th of June - 18th of July 2015 at Tamworth Regional Gallery, Australia;
5th of September - 29th of November 2015 at Wollongong Art Gallery, Australia.

More information about Sculptural Felt International and the artists: www.alligt.nl/sculptural-felt-international.html




Marjolein Dallinga makes object based upon feelings, thoughts and dreams. The sculptures are the movement from fiber to felt. I love her work. Her objects seem to grow in nature. There's so much to see.
Marjolein Dallinga, Canada.
Marjolein Dallinga, Canada.


Stephanie Metz explores how humans manipulate life forms. She makes fantasy objects that seem real, like the skull of a teddy bear.
Stephanie Metz, USA. 
Stephanie Metz, USA. 


Chung-Im Kim makes reliefs of industrial felt with digital techniques. All pieces are hand sewn together and the loose threads are not eliminated. The tapestries are intriguing to look at because of the shapes and relief.
Chung-Im Kim, Canada. 
Chung-Im Kim, Canada.
Chung-Im Kim, Canada.


Anita Larkin combines felt with modern discarded objects. Her sculptures refer to human interaction and miscommunication. At first glance, the objects may look funny, but they can evoke many thoughts and emotions. "Cradle" I really like: a kind of pelvic bone and a baseball glove create together a safe cradle.

Anita Larkin, Australia. "Pivot", 2014
Anita Larkin, Australia. "Pivot", 2014
Anita Larkin, Australia. "Cradle", 2014


Kitty Korver has worked as a ceramist and that is reflected in her work. She makes clean scale forms of felt, from which she cuts graphic shapes that are filled with needle felt. These are powerful objects that are beautiful both in a group and separately.
Kitty Korver, the Netherlands. 
Kitty Korver, the Netherlands. 
Kitty Korver, the Netherlands. 
Kitty Korver, the Netherlands. 
Kitty Korver, the Netherlands.


Rebecca Howdeshell applies texture and dimension to industrial felt by machine embroidery. She associates her work with archeology: it looks like bone prints. They also could be maps of towns, rivers or landscapes. The stitching of the felt is a nice mixture of felting and quilting.
Rebecca Howdeshell, USA.
Rebecca Howdeshell, USA. 
Rebecca Howdeshell, USA.


Jantine Koppert uses industrial felt to create images that have a positive influence in living areas, because of their color and sound-deadening properties. Her work is inspired by nature. This large object in red and blue seems to dance through the room, I find it very cheerful.  
Jantine Koppert, the Netherlands.
"The Essentials I & II", 2014
Jantine Koppert, the Netherlands.
"The Essentials I & II", 2014

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Sheep in the City - artwork by Beatrice Waanders of The Soft World

Beatrice Waanders of The Soft World makes beautiful interior products of wool. She roams the Netherlands in search of special breeds of sheep and uses the wool to make pillows, blankets and rugs by felting. She uses the wool in their natural color. 

In the Atrium of City Hall in The Hague is a particular work of art from her exhibited: Sheep in the City. To be seen until June 13. Yesterday I went there. 

In the middle of the atrium hangs a huge cotton cloth felted-in with raw wool. The wool is from an old Dutch sheep breed, the "Drents heideschaap", that maintain the landscape at The Hague in the dunes. The soft wool and fabric form a contrast with the hard concrete and glass architecture. It's a wonderful combination of hard and soft. The colors of the wool, white and shades of gray, fit perfectly with the building.

Yesterday the weather was working great with the artwork: a blue sky with white clouds, which sometimes bathed the hall in sunshine and sometimes the colors were more subdued as it was clouded. A beautiful interplay of light and color.

Sheep in the City by Beatrice Waanders - The Soft World
Sheep in the City by Beatrice Waanders - The Soft World
Sheep in the City by Beatrice Waanders - The Soft World
Sheep in the City by Beatrice Waanders - The Soft World
Sheep in the City by Beatrice Waanders - The Soft World
Sheep in the City by Beatrice Waanders - The Soft World


In the hall is a corner made with a classic sofa of the designer Martin Visser which is coated with felted raw wool. The curls and some straws are still in it. Around the couch are lying felted raw fleece. Sitting on the couch you can see a film in which the designer explains her design.

Sheep in the City by Beatrice Waanders - The Soft World
Sheep in the City by Beatrice Waanders - The Soft World
Sheep in the City by Beatrice Waanders - The Soft World
Sheep in the City by Beatrice Waanders - The Soft World
Sheep in the City by Beatrice Waanders - The Soft World

More information: http://thesoftworld.com/wp-content/i/sheep-in-the-city-may-2015.pdf

Link to the film: https://youtu.be/tYbnPtwmKh8