Kids workshops

This afternoon I had 2 kids workshops. The first workshops was for 3 girls making a felted cover for a journal. I never made this with kids and also not in 1,5 hr. But in the worst case I'd sew the covers and deliver them later. Here are impression pictures. 

First I gave them 55 gram of fleece carded merinowool  and said to  completely cover the  plastic plate. 

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Then time to find some nice colors to make decorations on the felt, an initial, a flower, everything was possible.  

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And then time to felt, first with hand and then rolling: 

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the results, It is felted, but it can become best felt  if worked half an hour more, but the girls were not that hard working anymore and time was over. So rinsed them out and added them to the spinner 

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Had my sewingmachine ready, and normally id like them to learn to sew a cover them selves , but now I sow it for them. Using a short ribbon on the 2 sides to hang their lock on. These books were going to be used as diaries. 

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Soon after they were gone  the next workshop started: making a dreamcatcher. Results and my examples: 


I really feel good teaching the children how to make these, Seeing their smiles on their faces. 

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Crafts and Co

As you most probably know I am selling my items in a real shop too. It is called Crafts and Co and can be found in the Sint Pieterstraat 72 in Maastricht. 

I have rented 4 m2  to display my items, Since September 15th we are open and so far I only added new things to my table.

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But last week I thought it was time for something new. I bought styrophorheads to show my wraphats on, so emptied the whole table. Joe, one of the owners said why not schange the direction of the table? I didn't knew i was allowwed to do so, So we turned it one quarter. It gave lots of new opportunities. Have a look for yourself  

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New are my flowers. I added a flower brooche in a dreid flowershell, In case you wear the brooche  the flowershell is emtpy, and when you don't wear the brooche you  have colorfull flower in a vase :)

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The other side of the table, All into blues :)

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 Let's hope this presentation wil be good for new sales again. 

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a fairytaleweekend part 2

On Saturday we had planned to go to my most favourite shop of Sweden: Indiska, They import all kind of special made items from India for Swedish people. When i was at the counter I saw this "thing" hanging behind the seller.. and I really felt like I wanted to own that thing for in my own kitchen...  But what was its price and would it fit into my suitcase??? So I asked for the price. It was exactly the amount of money I got from my family and friends for my birthday!!  But then second doubt, would it fit???? I found it hard to tell, but descided to find a way. maybee ship it if no other possibility... 

So paid for it and they packed it..... looked like this:  

Back to  Esther's house: 



There I found out the item  I bought was way too huge for my suitcase :(  A pity, but then I had another reason to drive to Sweden with the whole family as soon as posible.. Probably nexty vacation or so. After a really nice dinner we started felting as I always felt things to sell, I now wanted to make something for myself, as a souvenir, so to say. Plus I forgot  tp pack my gloves so one and one makes two and I felted myself a pair of gloves. Same colors as my slippers and hat

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When we stopped it was after midnight already, time flies while having a good time. 

On Sunday morning we overslept, duh ;-)  So skipped our snow walk but were stil on time to buy new gotland wool.  Had to drive for few minutes to get there. There is the sign to her place: Hanninge


And her house, Isn't it a beauty?   


We went into the barn where the carding machine was. They take it apart 3 times a year if i stil remember it correct, to get it oiled again, 

As I really love to felt with this wool I bought 3kg light brown and one kg of white. So soft and felts super! Plus I know where it is coming from. Here on the next picture the lady and me  plus one kg of wool. "Tack!" for the bottle of soap she also gave me. I will be surely come back. 


Back at Esther's place I started packing the wool in special bags. Wool is not heavy, but can be very volumnious. Before: 

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And after closing the bag and vaccuum the air out of it, it looked like this: 


   Now it fitted in my suitcase! :)  Off to the trainstation as not time to lose, it stil was snowing and snowdunes were on the road. We made it safely and while we waited fro the train we cheered ourselves up by taking this picture in front of that advertisement  guy. Saying goodbbye is never fun... but as my parcel is stil in at her place I do have one more good reason to go back there soon  again.

A last picture in Sweden, I took when the train was standing stil ( for 30 minutes!!!) While they were removing the ice and snow from the track. Made me nervous... had to catch a plane in Copenhagen. 

But I made it, even had time to eat before I had to board. 

One hour later I landed in Dusseldorf, Where my husband and kids were waiting for me. arrived at home at 22.00h. Amazing it just took 5-6 hrs in total. 

It was a wonderful weekend . Thank you for hosting me dear Esther! <3

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a fairytale weekend part 1

Yes I really feel as if I had a fairytale weekend. I went to visit my very good friend Esther in Sweden. Looking back on the few pictures I took and the things we did together is was way too short. And magical it was as  for meit fell as if  I really arrived in another world.

Before my husband drove me to Dusseldorf my garden looked like this: 

Sunny and i think abotu 10C. More as we normally have as average on a January day. In Dusseldorf it also was the same: dry and quite sunny, But after I landed in Copenhagen it looked like this outside: YESS!! Snow :)  

I had to change trains in Lund, but no fluent connection so I had to wait there for 20 min. realising I had forgotten to pack some gloves... brrr. But I was captured by the magic of the snow. 

The end of my train journey was in Höör, Sweden. Only travelled for 5 hours and there I was  standing in the snow!! Esther came to pick me up and even though it was dark I recognised the streets again. It all looked god covered under a nice layer of snow, Only to drive in such weather is less fun. 

At her house I was eager to get out all the gifts out of my suitcase. This box with 8 Primula's was in my suitcase and wasn't harmed at all. 

To protect the plants from  bumping to eachother I added some wool inbetween. We were also planning on doing some felting together so clever storage :)

Esther was amazed. 

She didn't thought I could manage to take these plants and flowers along. But a good tradition, I started with the first time we visited her years ago,  I couldn't break, could I?  And Yes I also took a bouquet (of Tulips) along. We sat and drunk tea and chatted and laughed. Went to bed way too late as we both couldn't stop talking :) Then in the morning this was the vieuw outside!! 


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A nice breakfast table was set up, and I enjoyed the flowers as much as she did. 


After breakfast time to congratuled her neigbour whom had his birthday and we went off to Lund for shopping in my most favourite shop in Sweden. but I wil write a second blogpost. so wil be continued.... 

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Felting time ! yeah. I really love to teach the felting and yesterday was a nice day as 3 ladies came to learn how to felt a bag and afterwards shibori dye it. Luckily for me all of the ladies had several years of experience so i was able to learn them some more special additions on the bag. This workshop is suitable for beginners too, but  with the special additions it takes more time and we wil not get everything felted on time. 

First ofcourse starting with a self made resist, drawing and cutting. After that we started with felting a rope as handle, a button/ bead as closure. Then we took off with layering the white wool added the rope and closure bead too. 

In the end we added some glass stones, covered it again with wool and started felting. By that time it was lunch time so we all sat down for a nice fresh cooked soup and baked off bread.

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When they continued felting again I prepared the  first dye bath, which was going to be Yellow. Here the results of the white felted bags. 

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They became wrapped up like this: 


and into the dye...... left them there for some time, meanwhile we looked into my felting bookcollection. 

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And tadaa!! The result after the first dye bath

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and after the second bath : 


And after the third dyebath which was red they became like this: 

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They were all very happy with their bags and I hope they wil send me a picture of their finished bags after they embroidied the glass beads.


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