Crisp handmade beauty for your wee sweets /and their families/

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Posted by Ralitza

I am not a resolution person. However I see new beginning in every week. Started this one with a long walk by the see just an hour after sunrise. Brilliant light and birds singing... Perfect start. No single picture taken - wanted it all intact when I close my eyes and move there for a minute or to of relaxation. The grass and flowers are so vigorously growing this week. Sakuras have just started blooming on the Cherry blossom alley.

I than dived in my to-do list and marked it done in the afternoon to leave some fabric time before dinner.

drawing sunday

06 Apr 2014
Posted by Ralitza

My gloomy windy, cocoa Sunday was coloured in dusty blue and golden yellow. Grey and and white have never been considered colours here. My passion for colour just can't allow it.

The second print on the last row was a Spoonflower contest entry some time ago. The whole collection grew around it while I was playing with the matrix effect. Love the non-zodiac feel of the mosaic effect of a simple matrix repeat. Final 4 sunny prints have been just added. Not sure this will be the final version. It might be.

Spring update

05 Apr 2014
Posted by Ralitza

Windy afternoon with no sun, a cup of hot cocoa, folders of pictures... my recipe for getting back to the blog after almost 2 months break.

Lots and lost of things to share and I will start with some February projects today.

A fast knit first - mobius: oft champagne colour, cozy mohair yarn, favourite Cat Bordhi pattern with traditional mod - the picot edge. Countless stitches in the last row but pays off with delicate finish. This was a gift and relaxing late winter knit.

Next - an embroidery that takes lots and lots of hours and I decided to make it reversible despite it was my first. I had only finished one /much bigger/ similar project that had been sitting for years with less than 1/4 of the embroidery left to complete. It was long ago - about 10 years. The one her was impulsive purcahese few summers ago. It went really /and surprisingly/ fast until the kit threads turned to be a bit short. Finished this February. Now waiting for a framing mojo to get it all done.

One of the most special projects now - martenitzas. Do you know what martenitza is?

If you have Bulgarian friends you might know. It is twisted yarn - one white and one red string and all the embellishment possibilities you could think of - tassels, pom-poms, tiny dolls, flowers, etc. It is a little health magic. Best wishes for a healthy year by tying a martenitza on ones hand. Or pinning to ones lapel. Traditionally the yarn is wool. Martenitzas are hand made and you can see various stiles and looks. The ones I made this year - cotton thread to make them as thin ans possible /fast drying on the hand/ and various beads. Mostly because I needed a lot and really fast. A martenitza is been worn until the first spring birds arrive. Then it is tied to a tree.