Wednesday, January 21, 2009

My Staphorst quilt
-part 2-
Today some more about the making of this quilt and some close-ups. When I was designing the pattern of this quilt I had the bold, vivid daily wear of Staphorst in mind. Every few months I try to visit the shop of Stegeman. The family Stegeman is very helpfull (father, mother and 2 girls)and very friendly. Mr. Stegeman buys traditional costumes from people that don't want to wear them anymore or from family of people that are no more with us. The shop is very cosy with a lot of fabrics, but also other sorts of textiles, yarn, buttons etc. When you click on "fotoboek" you can see it. When designing this quilt my father -who was already ill for 5 years- got worse and died. At that moment I decided to make this quilt from fabrics people wear when in mourning. On the second picture you see a block made of fabrics when people are in heavy mourning. The damask is from a blouse, the black and white fabrics are often with different prints on both sides and are used to make a kraplap. The black fabric with blue stripes is from the cloth that goes around the neck. This is daily wear. On the first picture above you see a piece of stipwerk in the middle from a kraplap to wear on Sunday. When in heavy mourning you wear black with some white added, after a few months you can change to black and white with some blue and again after some months some green is added. Older ladies mostly stay with the black and white version.
On picture 3, 4 and 5 you can see stipwerk showing this. By the way, when making this pictures I found out that nr. 4 and 5 are the same pattern, so proba
bly made by the same person.
Now you probably wonder why I added the blue and green, which is a very unusual colorscheme. When driving through Staphorst/Rouveen you can see the most
beautiful farmhouses and the doors, fencing etc. are painted in these colours. You can see them on this site of Staphorst , click "Over Staphorst", then "Foto-impressie".
-to be continued-

Sunday, January 18, 2009

My Staphorst quilt -part 1-

On CQForNewbies I told the story of this quilt, it is handsewn and handquilted and took me 5 years to make.
First I have to explain that
I love making quilts from second hand fabrics of traditional Dutch dresses, especially from costumes from Staphorst and Spakenburg, which I like most. Staphorst is one of the most religious towns in the Netherlands with a lot of people attending Calvinist church. It is situated in the province Drenthe, has about 15.000 inhabitants and is famous for people wearing traditional dresses. It is forbidden to take fotographs of Staphorst inhabitants without their permission. On the site of the museum of Staphorst
you can see pictures of people wearing the costumes when you click on "foto's", then click on "museumboerderij".
There are still about 600 women and 6 men who wear the traditional costume. A daily dress is different from a Sunday dress. On a weekday they wear a "kraplap" (upper part of costume) made of cotton or viscose, on Sunday the kraplap
is made from a heavy satin and decorated with "Staphorster stipwerk". This is made by nails stuck in corks and then tipped in paint. In early days it was made with a paint with lead in it, which is forbidden now. On the pictures you can see a cap and a close up of it and another close up of stipwerk on another piece of satin. Every stipwerk painter made his own patterns.
The Sunday kraplap is different if people are in heavy mourning (when a parent or husband has died),then it is in black and white as shown on the last picture. When in light mourning more colours, mostly blue and green are added to the kraplap, I show you a picture of that next time, also I will tell more about why I used the black, blue and green fabrics and the making of the quilt.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Little flower bouquet

Still no sewing for me, so I will show you a little bouquet I made last month on the red/black Crazy Quilt I am making. This was also my first try to make the cast on stitch! Also a picture from last weekend from the woods behind our home. The mist was frozen to the trees and with the blue sky above it was a beautiful sight. Temperatures have gone up to 1-3 oC, so the snow has melted now. At night it still freezes.

Saturday, January 10, 2009


Today we visited a collectors fair in Utrecht, that is where I found these beautiful vintage laces. I especially love the lace in the third row with the birds and flowers, never seen one like this before. They look a bit like the pheasants I made a picture of yesterday, don't you think so?

Thursday, January 08, 2009


Here in Holland we are having a very strong winter with a lot of snow and temperatures were this night -20 o!
This is very unusual over here, normally we have no or only 1-2 days snow in wintertime. A lot of Dutch people like to skate and most of us are hoping for an Elfstedentocht, when people are ice-skating on nature ice along 11 cities in the North of Holland, Friesland. This race has only taken place 15 times in the last century. You can read more about it over here.
Today we had some new visitors in our garden, this morning we saw the first pheasant, later they came together.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

DYB for Helina finished.....

The third block in the DYB swap is ready. At first I didn't have an idea how to embellish this block. Helina asked for a misty landscape or a storm on the block and showed us a picture of a landscape by a finnish painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela.
ddenly I remembered a picture I took last year when walking in Scotland at Loch Lomond,the mist came to us over the lake, very beautiful. I hope Helina will love my interpretation on her block of the dead tree and the stormy weather!

Friday, January 02, 2009

Wishing you all a happy, above all healthy and creative 2009!

I know that life hasn't been easy for a lot of us in 2008 with health problems, not seeing or losing beloved ones or jobs and of course the economic crisis, I sure hope that this new year will be a better one for all of us!
For myself I have decided to try to work one day shorter each week if possible and learn several new creativ techniques. Due to chronic inflations of my shoulders it is sometimes very difficult for me to do handsewing and quilting, that is why I am going to work more by machine. Also I have discovered that after 20 years of sane quilting and making antique looking quilts, I now prefer more vivid colors and artquilts, so I have a lot to explore..........I will keep you updated!