1 year of stitches- a new family project

 

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First of all I have to confess: I don’t make a stitch every day, I don’t make a photo of my embroidery hoop every day. And probably, during the summertime, when the sun will shine until very late, I will not be able to put a stitch for months. On the other hand I really enjoy the whole project.

a mother- daughter project

a mother- daughter project

But first things first: everything started when I saw this post  on Brown Paper Bag blog, of Sara Barnes and I thought that it would be very interesting for me to go deeper on a craft that I haven’t practice as much. As a kid I used to make all these useless embroideries, mainly in cross stitch, that made me get bored very fast and that’s why I learned knitting so I could knit clothes for me and my dolls. Later on, I started to use embroidery again as a design element to  weaving. In the meantime I admire (and feel a bit jealous) all these amazing embroideries that I find on pinterest and on the blogs that I follow. And I like it so much that this old craft is becoming an artistic expression around the world.

So when I saw this challenge I told to my self: «This is the opportunity to learn new stitches and have fun with thread and needle».On the first of January, I collected all I needed and started. The best time for doing this is in the evening, when I have finished all the tasks of the day and we spend a little time with the family just before we go to sleep. That seemed interesting to Zoe, my fourth daughter and in the beginning she was choosing the stitch of the day and helped me with the photos. Later on she asked for an embroidery hoop of her own. And now both of us sit  next to the stove making stitches, talking and relaxing.That is a moment of happiness, isn’t it?

more progress

more progress

this summer

Summer 2016 was a difficult season for our family. But it was also really interesting and full of creative ideas.

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We summed up our favorite things so you can see them too.

Favorite shape:

The Evil Eye was a trend and we made all kind of things with it. From cushions and covers for stools to earrings and necklaces.

custom made evil eye pillows IMG_2290 work in progress, handwoven wall hanging evil eye cat and fish

 

Favorite color:

All shades of blue.  We also used a lot of sparkling yarn in those colors.

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Custom orders:

We did a lot of orders this summer, mostly personalized gifts. Some of our favorites are frames for a wedding anniversary and  for a baptism and handwoven cushions with names.

custom made frame

pilows fot twins

custom made frame for wedding anniversary

custom made pillow

Favorite Event:

We participated to Gargalianoi Project  among with other handcrafters. In the same time we had the opportunity to travel around the beautiful Messinia, to visit antiquities and to relax on amazing beaches.

Gargalianoi project eco weaving seminar at Gargalianoi project

Polilimnio, Messini Ancient Messini IMG_2007

 

We want to thank all of you for your love, support, inspiration and the positive feedback that we received throughout this summer. We met again our old costumers and we made many new.

happy costomers with handwoven animals

happy costumer with handwoven cat

This is the  moment of two little happy costumers holding their new friends!

 

 

New season is coming…

 

 

Doll making seminar with a special request

Last summer Magdalena, the co-owner of Live-Bio, came at the workshop with Cristina, a beautiful young lady from Spain.

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digital and felt iKids logo

Cristina is a founder and teacher at iKidz, which is an academy of English language for kids in Madrid, Spain. She believes children learn better and faster through playing games and having fun. That is how she teaches in her classes. iKidz is not only an academy, it is a family. Children feel comfortable, happy and they are more likely to learn in such environment. Learning English becomes exciting and fun rather than a boring task they have to do.

live bio rooms

live bio rooms

Cristina stayed with Live-Bio in August and September 2015. She came for a “working holiday”. During her stay, she took part in the brainstorming sessions organised by Live-Bio. Through this creative interaction with others some great ideas were born, which she then went to pursue after coming back to Spain.

work in progress

  work in progress

work in progress

 

making the iKidz logo

making the iKidz logo

So she came across the idea to make a doll of the logo of iKidz.That’s why she connected with ERGANI weaving wosrkshop and here is the video of the ikidz logo doll seminar.