Winter 2019-2020 (while I was still not smoking!), I was busy kerning and designing various quotations and lyrics. I had fun picking favorite sentences from books or movies, and I loved playing around with the various letter types I have in my collection. From: John Green, Turtles All The Way Down From: Hank Green, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing From: Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice From: Victor/Victoria, song Crazy World, sung by Julie Andrews, lyrics Leslie Bricusse, melodie Henry Mancini
And before you realize it, it is Christmas again. And you stopped smoking sometime after your Vienna vacation. And what else can you do while you sit on the couch after work trying not to smoke?
My first really large project. I found this pattern on the DMC website and I fell in love with the colors and the shape. Below you can follow the progress, I guess I posted plenty of photos of this design on instagram!
So you have a hobby? And you have a lot of finished pieces? You cannot give them all way, well, you do not want to give them all away. Some mean too much to you, but what can you do? Mom? Can you help? Do you recognize any of my finished pieces from previous posts?
Aren’t we all made of stardust? Really upped my Sinterklaas-gift game with these name labels!
October 2019, my fourth trip to Vienna. Of course on day 2 I was suffering from a horrendously bad cold, so I had time to do some cross stitching in between sneezing my brain out.
From a colleague I received old strands of floss which had belonged to her mother. As a thankyou, I bought this pet’s paw pattern from etsy and gave them to my colleague. When visiting a friend in Hamburg, I could not arrive empty handed. Great fun to make this Fiep Westendorp Takkie for her. Typically Dutch and all around cute! Another colleague was at a bric-à-brac market in France where she saw a box of assorted strands of floss.
What a great idea: why not redesign some of the wonderful designs made by De Stijl or Koloman Moser, or anything art nouveau, art deco. Easier said than done! With my trusty pencil, I started charting Vilmos Huszár’s Skaters1. Great fun to make and I started by determining what the measure of “1” was. Almost as if you’re playing with Lego! Next up, another member of De Stijl: Bart van der Leck and one of his Factory compositions2.
A little bit of this, a little bit of that: I had a piece of cloth that I wanted to use to test if I was able to fill it without planning a design. Bits and pieces, trying out borders and fonts, I remember having to redo the bottom right hand corner quite a few times and still I can spot the mistakes!
I think these Christmas trees are the first cross stitch pattern I ever purchased on etsy.com.1 In 2018, I decided it was a good idea to create my own Christmas cards again. I think the last time I did was at my parents when I was about 10 years old ;-) This wonderful design is by Climbing Goat Designs and you can find it here on etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/500108939/christmas-tree-cross-stitch-pattern I have purchased many more since then, most often from a small set of designers.