Stories from Africa : Quilting Hippo and Lion

Hi all. Here something I promise long time ago, promised to share my experiences about my first Applique , I mean my first choice on decided what technique, (it is crazy to learn every chance ) my first choice on going for an African look, only made an approach with small quilt.

My friend Althea, is originally from South-Africa, she ask me for animals cushions with applique, she show me some ideas , but after all I had to do with colours giving life to shapes , How come ? How can you give life to an Hippo with fabrics ?  limited if would be grey, isn't it?
And what about a Lion? How can I do to give him personality and relevance ?

Althea (Larry , her husband)  and myself , we are happy enough with results , never counted time on do it , cause I was excited starting a new challenger and pleasured playing with all those Batik fabrics, my first time too on use them !!
Here , as usuall, no exactly a TUTO but and idea HOW was done :

1- FIRST of all , designing and making an sketch : 'The Lion's head'

2- Building pieces and giving a number to each one , cutting them:

3- Assembling and Piecing with Batick fabrics : sticky fabrics.

I wanted to do it with Bondaweb, actually is a material's glue, it is web's glue mounted on paper (as white tracing paper)
Drawn your design to tracing paper for reversing the piece .. keep in mind you want at the end
a glue piece fabric on a background in the same way was created  but STICKY.
When Ironing facing web onto fabric's back (heat over the paper) allows you to glue web on fabric, neat no stain, you will get stronger fabric in order to cut all that smalls intricate shapes .

Next I did was peeling paper , you will have sticky fabrics (at the back) to place fabric in your background, first step is done ! In my case was coulored head lion on  white background.

Now you will get temporary fix it on place for sewing a blanket stitch , zig-zag or whatever choice to finish design , ......hope will be understandable  :-)

Keep in mind that being Batik fabric, back and face are the same , for beginners is quite helpful .

Here a image about reversing, could be easier to understand (good images helps more than explanations :-))

drawn reverse scraps , 'mirror effect'

Here I show you drawn pieces number 6 & 7 transported to mirror effect onto Bondadweb

  Right ? Easy ! How to do it ?  cheaper in a glass window :-))

4- Time to put in order : from A to B 

To get from A to B , you will need to make prior step : reverse your pieces drawn onto Bondaweb's paper and when cutting,  ironing onto fabric .

And...Voila ! the result is quite happy in my first experience ...I do my best

 Quilting the background with FMQ, no the Lion's head which has been done :blanket stitch

Same was with ' My blue Hippo'  (giggles)

I made same technique an Hippo..very funny , isn't it? I like how it looks stylized drawn:
my Blue Hippo

And meanwhile they were done, I finished those ones...
Althea wanted 2 more 'Friends from Africa', happy to make them !  Take a look

Each black is an strip  ... amazing !

I find the Elephant it looks like a puppy Elephnat ..isn't it ?

Hope you comment and tell me what do you think about explanations and result as you know in the internet is full of Applique tutorials but... I wanted to share with you all the amazing adventure of beginners ..

Happy sewing week my friends !

'See' you soon in that 'Ship's logbook ' .............LOL


Completed and looking ahead

Hi all, I want to share some news , I'm proud enough how that curtains turn up !
If I can say :  Linen is wonderful and drawn-thread-embroidery (called drawn-work too)
never disappoints , never fails me ..because fits to any decoration style, but as always said in my blog: Stone and Wood are the best partners  to join Linen fabric .

You will see below the curtains in a different context, when I will have pictures from the owner I will share here !  much more better, such design was made for one customer, one house ..that is important to  me : made with care, putting my thoughts  into that family :-)) honestly.

Here we are !

Those are 2 net curtains covering 2/3 windows-glass

They have initials of the owners ..a stunning monogram from my favourite's  book

Here close detail from embroidery (cross-stitch)
And following ..curtains in its place :

This is and renovated old house ... stone heart and wood eyes :-)
Linen window treatment is the best for that 'small' eyes... dressing windows with covering light

Another one for girl's room (2 of them same window )

Pictures are very bad, but what I want here is to show you the possibilities.
However , I like to make pictures at home before sent them in order to have as much samples as I could to explain to my customers for their choice.

 Here all together.... 3 windows 3 rooms 3 possibilities.. project's are endless, we and you , we can work together and design what you are looking for ages !

Hope you like them..as much as I like make them :-)) ins't it cute ? ...Linen is gorgeous .
Next post I will show a APPLIQUE TUTORIAL , even being my first Applique , how come ?
Stay tuned  :-))))

Happy St Patrick's day to you  all !
Happy sewing week to those who like needles  :-))
Thanks for your interest in my humble job 


Beyond the simplicity of linen lives a warm heart...

Happy New Year ..
Yes I have not written for ages ! Almost 3 months.
I have been very busy moving home, and as you know it is a mess, getting all the stuff in boxes..
I like simplicity and easy life, therefore always looking for not having tons of items surrounding
and taking space. Despite that , we had too much.

As many of you know, if you are following this blog, Linen Artisan creates Linen projects that try to be timeless pieces, pieces that you can keep for ages and generations, yes ! As I said several times in my blog, this Natural and vegetal fibre lasts forever, it is 2 times stronger than cotton and coexists with human being since the beginnings .

Curtains in my Studio are the most requested, I'm proud to say that my Linen drawn-work curtains are around the World : USA, AUS,Canada,Sp,UK...
Saying that, it doesn't mean I'm running a big business, and having somebody to help me , on the contrary !
My work is absolutely handmade, and I have only 2 hands :-))
As an average, I can make 2 of them in a week, if they are large size, if it is small, maybe 3 .
I do like using my hands and always had ! But since 20 years ago , Linen is my passion.
All I can do with Linen, I do it .

Linen makes home warm and cosy (and fresh in Summertime ) Each design is for me an opportunity to reflects of needs and desires of my customers .That is the most important to me :
Creativity for the love on making a house an inspiration where to live.

Sharing with you my latest crafts:

1- Pictures from a makeover Armoire/ Wardrobe for my bed room, restored Antique wood that I remove the heavy mirror door and change it for my linen curtains...Can be an idea for you as well !

2- Cover cushion made by Tea towel , vintage tea towel called :'mangle cloth '..isn't gorgeous !
Has inside a soft-rustic linen insert too.

3- Lily's Linen curtains for an Australian customer , let's see the curtains in her home :

Thanks to Lily for trust on my craft !

And I would like to finish this post with a nice spot at home :

An old dark furniture peinted with chalk paint with transfer on it ..I really like it !
Colour is made by me a mix of old cream, white and lavender ... lilys that I made long time ago on cross-stitch

Stay tuned if you like African designs ....I made a nice quilted cover cushion
I will explain next post how I made them, my fisrt applique, meanwhile you can find them in my shop here 

Happy week with needdles in you hand  :_))  !!!!
Talk soon 


Happy Christmas with LINEN...

Hi every one ! we all are preparing our coming soon Christmas Holidays ... and as every year, most of us are preparing too a to-do-list , dreams that we have in the end of a bucket, and want next year open it, move it ...re-move it , which if you are as I am ...every year I'm reviewing what is still in the bucket...LOL

Hola a todos , supongo que estamos con el trajin de las celebraciones , la comida de Navidad y la reunion familiar (para aquellos que somos una corta familia...abrimos nuestras puertas a los amigos y eso lo hace especial tambien ). Si sois de mi estilo, con el Nuevo anio va a empezar tambien los deseos de hacer aquello que quedo en el fondo del cajon para el anio siguiente ..lo revisamos, lo sacamos , le damos vueltas e intentamos, esta vez si, realizar nuestro suenio.

I'm not speaking about unrealistic dream, this is a blog from a 'needlewoman'...what I want is all about stitching, news projects that get me a new learning...I love that ! trying to learn with creativity.

Pero no hablo de suenios y grandes pretensiones, como es un blog de costurera, me refiero a proyectos nuevos , nuevas cosas por aprender...eso si me place ! siempre buscando alguna novedad.

But now..meanwhile I'm going to make the list and I let you know in the next post, please take a look what I've done this week ..just something we all need to wrap nicely jewelry or smalls presents that need to be find among tones of papers , cards, laces and so on the tree mat :-)) my advise is put them in a cotton bag, clutch or purse , you might find them in Etsy for example , even though I'm offering you look that ones...aren't they gorgeous ???

Por ahora, mientras voy haciendo la lista de deseos para el proximo anio, os dejo con unas fotos de lo que estado haciendo ultimamente, proyectos utiles, sin duda, para pequenios regalos que no pueden perderse en medio de papeles , envoltorios, lazos y targetas a pie del arbol , mi consejo para estas fechas, envolverlos en el interior de estos saquitos puede ser una presentacion original y que va a ser util a fin de cuentas

Bolsitas de algodon para joieria /  Jewelry small purse 
Neceser para tu maleta, tu bolso o perfecto regalo para "esconder algo valuoso"
Toiletry French inspired bag for something  really 'important'...

    Lino y algodon con cremallera y forrado en algodon /  Linen and cotton folded with zip

      Egrey linen striped at the back 

White red stripes at the back in that one  :-))

Hope would be of your interest .....Merry Christmas to all of you  !!!



Seasonal Trends / Tendencias de temporada...Christmas is coming !!

Es lo que tiene esta temporada para nosotros los artesanos, acumulamos trabajo en estas fechas
de Navidad, una buena oportunidad de dar a conocer lo que hacemos con mimo y lejos del trabajo masivo impuesto por esta sociedad de consumo que sacrifica la Calidad y lo personal vs precio.

Con el Comercio (injusto) que ahoga al pequenio productor artesano , si no estas en una via de Distribucion que hace el 'camino' por ti , lo cual implica en muchas ocasiones doblar el precio de tus productos, pues tienes doble trabajo : 'hacer algo distinto ' de tus colegas, ofrecer artesaia creativa/exclusiva/personal y saberte vender, arto dificil cuando estas horas y horas intentando lo primero , buscando la manera de ofrecer al consumidor 'exigente' que busca Calidad en producto 'diferente' y que le lleve a querer comprar lo que en definitiva significa tu negocio: amor por lo artesano, hecho-con-cuidado , una especie de slow-made-love...podria acuniar este 'imaginario' inspirado en el slow-food , que significa mucho mas que la traduccion
de estas palabras ....

Para estas fechas pues, realizamos pequenios detalles que enamoren y acaben comprando para regalar.
Aqui os dejo con unas ideas de mi Taller.


Christmas brings with tones of work for artisan people, a good opportunity to let customers know how is our job, caring all details to make it exclusive and personal far away from mass production from a Consumer unfair Society sacrificing Quality vs price.

Distribution is the most important some times for us, but that means increase 2 times (double)
item's price...that is quite impossible most of us  , finally we do all that promotion work on website :-))

I have done small pieces on Linen that you will fall in love in a reasonable cost to make a gift or caring yourself..

Hope you like it !

1- Linen Mat set /  'Tu-yo' para mesa especial Navidad con motivos de bordado Irlandes

 Irish motive embroidery launched-point on Linen Natural oat colour.

Buscando siempre la combinacion de estilos
Combined  English China with rustic farmhouse style

Christmas Tea Time  :-))

             This is a Irish-knot ..if you know the name , please let me know , leave a comment !!

2- Otra version de individual con cubre-cubiertos en Lino , una 'Misse en plat' especial, a   qualquier epoca del Anio
Exclusive detail for your table 'Mise en plat' (set up)  at any time , but gorgeous for welcoming at Christmas holidays :

     Quilted Linen oat colour and white binding ...with vintage detail ...I love it!
    Here cover cutlery ...isn't it cute ?

   Each one  has (the personal) its own

    Christmas version , put any red on it  :-))

3- Mas ideas personales para regalos con Personalidad :-))
    More personal ideas for a customised gifts ...specials for your loved ones :-))

  Personal clutch on Linen ...put inside whatever you need in your bag or luggage

Retro Vintage look , front

    Combined nicely prints fabrics inside each one

                              front , ho ho ho  !!!!!!!!!

                     Open up


                        see  inside print cotton fabric

Hope you like it , any question please contac me , delighted to lend a hand
Here more ideas for Seasonals GIFTS

Encantada de ayudar , si quieres preguntar envia un correo o ve a mi tienda 

Feliz compras de Navidad  /  happy seasonal shopping ....
Have a nice week !