This is a dictionary of possibilities and a work in progress. Please read the first mail of the blog to understand the project.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Taking the flowerpots inside - Die Blumentöpfe ins Haus bringen

My husband brought me some wood pieces shaped like little houses (about 6"x6"- 15x15 cm) and I thought what if I combine the smoothness of felt with the wood.

I made this very little and fine stitching with silk threads and fine fabric and used some gel medium to glue it to the wood.

Mein Mann brachte mir einige Holzstücke, die wie Häuser aussahen. ca 15x15 cm. Ich dachte, was wäre wenn ich die Weichheit vom Filz mit dem Holz kombiniere.

Ich machte eine sehr feine Stickerei mit Seidenfäden und klebte sie mit Gel-Medium auf das Holz.

Sunday, October 5, 2008


I used the same square I cut out of #1 as background for the face. I punched this one to an industrial felt band I bought in a garden & house center. I think it is used for insulation of some kind. You can punch and machine sew very well on it. It isn't that nice for hand stitching...
I also had to use two layers of it (I put the second one after stitching) so that it is sturdy enough to be sewn to the other rectangles.

Ich habe das Quadrat, das ich vom #1 über hatte, um den Hintergrund vom Gesicht zu machen. Ich punchte es zu einem Industriefilz, den ich in einem Baumarkt gekauft hatte. Ich glaube, man verwendet ihn als Isolierung für Rohre. Man kann gut auf ihn punchen und maschinsticken, aber nicht so gut handsticken... Ich habe auch ein zweites Stück vom Filz nach dem Sticken unterlegt, so dass alles mehr Körper hat.


Here I tried to do some machine stitching instead of hand stitching to draw a figure. I used the same background of #2.

Here habe ich versucht, mit der Maschine anstatt mit der Hand zu "zeichnen". Ich verwendete den gleichen Hintergrund wie in #2.


This was whatiffing if I followed the accidental contours of the punched wool and defined them with outline stitch the way I saw them. Also the seed stitches made the surfaces contrast more.

Ich dachte, was wäre wenn ich die zufälligen Konturen der gepunchten Wolle mit Rückstichen hervorbrachte und dadurch die Figuren, die ich darin sah herausarbeitete. Ich verwendete Saatstiche, um den Farbkontrast zwischen Figur und Hintergrund zu erhöhen.


Because I'm going to be in England this week I did some more what-ifs to keep pace with my agenda.

In this one I used a background of cheesecloth and wool and also appliqué from these dyed materials.

I whatiffed if the whipped spider wheel could also be done with chain stitches as a base (see drawing) and did some french knots to fill the space where I couldn't whip any more.

Weil ich nächste Woche in England sein werde, habe ich ein wenig vorgearbeitet.

Ich verwendete einen Hintergrund von Mull und Wolle und applizierte auch diese gefärbten Materialien.

Ich dachte was wäre wenn ich den überwendlichen Spinnenwebstich mit Kettstichen als Basis (s. Zeichnung) machte. Ich stickte französischen Knötchen im freien Bereich, wo ich nicht mehr den anderen Stich durchführen konnte.

Saturday, October 4, 2008


This is the first "what if" of my new dictionary.

I already explained in my blog what this is about but I'm going to explain it once more here so that everybody can understand the project. Perhaps some people would like to join me because this project is not very work intensive and for the days you cannot do some whatiffing you can just punch a different piece of fabric onto the background to see how different qualities work! (this would allow you to keep pace because you can do these "fill" pieces as a batch).
  • The idea is to do a small piece 2"x3" every day of the year or till I have 368.
  • The pieces are done with the embellisher and different materials.
  • Each piece is a "what if".
  • With the 368 pieces I will sew a wallhanging of 23 x 16 pieces.
  • The size of the finished wallhanging will be 46" x 64", (115 cm x 160 cm).
This first piece is seen from the front and from the back. I used a very light fabric with a print and punched it to the front of a surface done with gray and white wool. I cut a window in the middle of the piece and put another piece of the same fabric behind it and punched it once more. If you did such a thing in a big wallhanging you would see light through the many windows.
I tried a whip stitch and a running stitch around the edge of the window to better attach the fabrics together and for decoration.

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