Reticello practice/harjoituksia

I've started my reticello practice with the help of the new books I ordered from Italy. The author Giuliana Buonpadre is a distinguished teacher and reviver of old needlework techniques. She has a beautiful website called Filofilò. * Tilasin Italiasta käsityökirjoja niiden kirjoittajan Giuliana Buonpadren nettisivujen kautta. Hän on arvostettu vanhojen käsityötekniikoiden opettaja ja uudistaja. Reticello-kirjan… Continue reading Reticello practice/harjoituksia

Tatted mobile, ikkunakoriste käpypitsistä

This lovely little decoration was amongst the treasures I found in the old sewing box of my friend's mother. It's made up of six ornaments, three different kinds of tatted motifs tied together. * Tämä kaunis käpypitsikoriste löytyi ystävättäreni äidin vanhan ompelulaatikon kätköistä. Kuusi kuviota, kolme erilaista, on solmittu ketjuksi.     Here are the… Continue reading Tatted mobile, ikkunakoriste käpypitsistä

17th century cuffs, 1600-luvun kalvosimet

The cuffs for my son's 17th century outfit are ready. That was the easy part. Next I'll be making him a reticello collar - a huge project compared to these cuffs! The cuffs are made of thin linen. First I finished the edges with a rolled hem and then sewed the needle lace straight onto the… Continue reading 17th century cuffs, 1600-luvun kalvosimet

Renewing chairs with lace, ulkotuolien uudistusta virkkaamalla

We bought some synthetic wicker chairs for the terrace some years ago which, not surprisingly, didn't last very long. The metal frame though was in perfect condition so I decided to redo the seat and back with some crocheted pieces. * Sain ajatuksen näiden tuolien korjaamiseen sisustuslehden kansikuvan tuolista johon oli punottu leveää satulanauhaa kauniiksi ristikkäiskuvioksi.… Continue reading Renewing chairs with lace, ulkotuolien uudistusta virkkaamalla

Little doilies, pieniä pitsiliinoja

I practiced different Hedebo techniques on this small doily which measures about 15x15 cm. For material I cut a piece of the fine old sheet that I used for the whitework tea cosy. I didn't have linen thread at hand so I used a No. 10 cotton. The cotton seems to work well on the satin… Continue reading Little doilies, pieniä pitsiliinoja

Hedebo embroidery/kirjontaa

This is Hedebo embroidery. It's a type of whitework which has it's origins in the Danish countryside and is quite identifiable thanks to its distinct motifs. You can read more about the history of Hedebo on this website. Inspired by some wonderful heirlooms I tried out this technique on some linen serviettes. * Tämä on… Continue reading Hedebo embroidery/kirjontaa

Whitework tea cosy, valkokirjontapannumyssy vanhan mallin mukaan

This week-end  is Shrove Sunday. The Finnish tradition calls for a brisk day out sledding, skiing, skating or just getting your cheeks red.  After that you can enjoy "pulla" the Finnish bun, one specifically filled with loads of whipped cream and either marzipan or jam. We'll be inaugurating the new tea cosy which I've just… Continue reading Whitework tea cosy, valkokirjontapannumyssy vanhan mallin mukaan

White work embroidery, leikekirjonta pannumyssy

Sometimes you get a book - or a piece of needlework in your hands that you just don't want to put down. Well, that's what happened with this cutwork embroidery tea cosy. It was supposed to be an idle doodle to carry on with when there was nothing else going on but as it turned… Continue reading White work embroidery, leikekirjonta pannumyssy

Tatted doily, käpypitsiliina

After about six months of on and off tatting I just finished my first tatted doily 🙂  I found the pattern on Pinterest, can't find the origin though since it's only a picture. The second row looks like Mary Koniors "Spinning Wheel" so maybe it is one of her patterns? I'll have to get her… Continue reading Tatted doily, käpypitsiliina