Sunday, December 30, 2007
The kayak trip (45 minutes to and 45 minutes back) was just a bit too long for little Lief, he needed some inventive songs to keep him sitting still. Back home he crashed immediately in his crib, while we all gathered around warm soup and toast cheese sandwiches. What a good feeling, after the cold paddle to enjoy the company of friends and good food!
Some creations I made during the holidays:
Organic wet felted wine cozy with ceramic button by Brian Eccles. Used some more of Loops' beautiful Mediterranean batts which has Bamboo, Alpaca, Silk and Corriedale and a bit of sparkle incorporated into it.
Then I finally finished this knitted bag. I had knitted the body a while ago, but never finished the handle. Then I lined it with Ikat fabric from Maiwa, and decorated it with hand embroidery (that continues on the back) and a nut button. The embroidery is done with a bit of handspun and handdyed yarn that I found at Granville island.
And this is another neckwrap, quite warm and fire-y colours. I think it's similar yarn as I used for the wrap Ella bought at the craft fair. Bone spiral buttons and more handspun yarn from Granville Island.
Wishing everyone an inspiring and creative New Year!
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Last Friday I mailed this felt necklace to Anna (hope I don't give away the surprise now). I hope it arrives just before Christmas! I made two wrist cuffs out of the same felt piece for Jane and Ella (who are showing the pieces on their blogs), but this part of the felt asked for something else. It took me a while to figure that one out, but in the end it came together. It has a natural curve on top and that made me think of a shield, a guardian for the throat and chest and for the little one growing...
This was a fun project, my first knit cuff, made with some funky yarn that incorporates crocheted doilies. As usual, the yarn is supplied by Hobbledehoy...
And last, but not least, I wanted to show you my Lopi cardigan that I finally finished... It has taken me one full year... Well, ok, I started on Christmas day, knitted quite consistently for a while, then dropped the project and only took it back up last week to finish. Such a relief...!
Monday, December 17, 2007
But this project was short and sweet. I used some of Hobbledehoy's beautiful art yarn, which is called "That old song" and combines soft merino wool, camel down, fun pompoms, and crochet doilies. I also used a few rows of carrot orange handspun wool from the Fibre Art Studio on Granville Island in Vancouver.
The green buttons come from Button Button on Cordova in Vancouver.
Now I'm all inspired to knit again. I enjoy going from felting to knitting to sewing and back again in no particular order. Probably not the most efficient, but definitely the most enjoyable for me!
Friday, December 7, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
On the left you see gorgeous handspun yarn by hobbledehoy (Liz), she's a super spinner who works and lives with her Angora rabbit in Pennsylvania. I just love her choice of yarn and colour combinations. Very funky and very soft. I can't wait to get started! In the centre of the couch there's two stunning scarves by Kelgwo, a small textile studio on Chiloe island in the south of Chile. These are a true work of art. Beautiful yarn combinations and raw wool. And on the right some funky fabrics by Lucky Kaeru in Southern California. I can't wait to see what these will end up as.... I guess I'd better get started.
The world becomes a small place on Etsy. It feels good to support fellow crafters and it feels even better to work with their materials. Knitting with Liz's yarn makes for a true craft collaboration.
Mieke and I had a fun connection, she's from Prince George and came all the way down to the fair as well. She told me her name is Dutch for Mary, but I couldn't help myself and before I knew it I told her that's not correct. Apparently I now have dismantled the last family secret.... Quite intriguing.
Thank you Lehe, for getting us all together and providing the cozy space of the clinic.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
This is a scarf I'm working on at the moment, using handmade wooden knitting needles by Doug Peake from Evergreen Woodwork in Sandspit, BC. I chose to work this scarf in a moss stitch, inspired by the colours of the yarn. I love the moss stitch, it has a very unique feel and it looks like it's a woven piece. The yarn I'm using comes from hobbledehoy.etsy.com, and is a very soft merino blend, which I'm combining with green and blue mohair yarns as I go.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
I'll be selling my handfelted baby jackets, coffee cosy's, knitted caps and maybe some scarves.
The only qualification for the show is to be a mother or a pregnant woman. The idea behind this is to recognize that making crafts is a way that women around the world sustain themselves and their families. Locally, women find that they are suddenly without work, either as they go on maternity leave or as they spend important time raising children. Pomegranate Community Midwives likes to offer Maternal Creations to these women as a venue to access the market and sell their hand-made crafts.
2647 East Hastings Street
Thursday, August 9, 2007
I moved in 2001 from Amsterdam to Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) Canada, where I work as a visual and fibre artist. I design and make unique felt accessories and fabrics as well as paintings, prints and installations. For more information about my visual artwork, please visit www.arttea.com
In 2006 my first son was born and this has had an influence on the way I work. Due to the short time spans between looking after my son I started to work more with wool and felt, rather than large scale paintings. The wool is patient. Sometimes I use the wool as a canvas as I did with ‘Tree Sleeves’, other times as a surface to design garments like seamless baby jackets. Living in a rainforest, surrounded by majestic trees, my natural surroundings have a strong influence on my choice of colours as well as topics. ‘Tree Sleeves’ evolved from a study of fractals from tree bark and leaves.