Thursday, November 26, 2009

Wall decoration of Tulips and Sunflowers

A game can be an inspiration for us to stitch something. I'm crazy in farmville lately. For a couple days i love to plant flowers, flowers and flowers. There are three kind of flowers in this games : sunflowers, red tulips and pink roses. When i'm harvesting in my farm, i found something interesting : a bouquet of sunflowers, pink roses and red tulips that i can share with my friends. This games teach us to share and help each others.

I stitch this wall decoration as a present for my friend, vera. She and her family will relocation from Kuala Lumpur to Vietnam this month. Thanks vera for every beautiful memories that you bring to me.


This flowers stitched with french not in the middle, covered with ribbon stitch, then both sides stitched with side ribbon stitch. I'm using 5 mm satin ribbon for the flowers and 3 mm organza ribbon for the leaves

Sun Flowers

I usually stitch sun flowers using 5 mm satin ribbon. But now i try to use 3 mm satin ribbon for a petal of the flowers and 3 mm organza for the leaves. In the middle of the flower i stitch with french knot for the stamens. .

Enjoy your life and find an inspiration in every single moment of your life

Monday, November 16, 2009

Embroidered the fabric for baju kurung (1)

When i lived in Kuala Lumpur two years ago, i met so many friends who love crafts very much. We shared a few things about crafts. Thanks to Linda for giving me a chance to embroidered her baju kurung for the first time. We're try to make this as a side business, by selling this ribbon embroidered fabric. And here some of my design in ribbon embroidery

Bodice part

End of sleeve part

Embroidered on blue satin silk fabric. I choose spider web rose in the centre. Stitch with two combination ribbon. Inside of the rose i use satin ribbon 3 mm and the outside i use organza ribbon 3 mm. Petal rose stitch with lazy daizy and bulion stitch use 3 mm satin ribbon. Leaves stitch with ribbon stitch use organza ribbon.

Bodice part

End of sleeve part

Embroidered on dark chocolate satin silk fabric. There are three kind of flower on the bodice part. First, i called it tulip, stitch with french not in the centre then covered with ribbon stitch and side ribbon stitch on the both side. The yellow one stitch with lazy daisy, use 3 mm satin ribbon. And the last one stitch with ribbon stitch and french knot.

Bodice part

End of sleeve part

Still embroidered on satin silk. The flowers stitch with ribbon stitch, use 5 mm and 3 mm satin ribbon. Stitch five to six petals each flower.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Bread Pudding

This pudding is one of my favorite pudding, coz its easy to prepare and cook.
You don't need mixer, neither oven. Just mix the ingridient, then steamed. That's it. And if you don't have weighing balance, you can use measurement cup.
The texture of this puding is soft. More delicious if you kept it in refrigerator before you eat

Ingridient :

1. 200 g sugar ( you can take it more or less depend on your taste)
2. 500 ml fresh milk
3. 3 eggs
4. 100 g raisins (you can take it more).
5. 1 pack bread (10 to 12 slices)
6. vanila extrack sufficiently

Direction :

Preheat steamer, until boiled

Cut out bread slices into small pieces

Combine sugar, eggs, and vanila extract in small bowl

Gradually, pour fresh milk into the bowl.

Put bread pieces into the mixture, then stir it .

Last, put raisins into the bowl, stir it.

Prepared pan size 10 x 20 cm (2 pieces) that have been covered by parchment paper.
Pour the mixture into pan.
Then steamed about 40 minutes.
Remove from steamer.
Cool on pan about 20 minutes, then remove into wire rack to cool completely.
Put it in refrigerator.

Note :
You can also use plastic ware. Take heat resistant one.
I take chocolate chip, coz thats all i have. You can put anything else such as : young coconut, walnut, prunes, jackfruit pieces etc. But raisins, young coconut, and jackfruit pieces more suitable for this puding.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

"Red Batik" Peasant Blouse (2) : an easy step to cut and sew

This peasant blose made from batik Garut. Garut is one area in west java, Indonesia. Batik is a traditional folk crafts. Batik produced in almost every region in Indonesia, and it has their own style, motif and uniqueness, such as batik Pekalongan, batik Solo, batik Yogyakarta, batik Wonogiri, batik Cirebon, Batik Madura, batik Banyumas, batik Garut, batik Tasikmalaya, etc.

Last post i show you how to construct your own pesant blouse pattern. And in this post, i'll show you a simple tutorial how to cut and sew this blouse.

Material :
  • Fabric, 2 m long if your fabric width was 1.25 m or 1.5 m if your fabric width was 1.5 (Its also depend on your body. You can take cotton, batik or any other fabric material as you like.
  • Sewing thread, the same color with your fabric
  • 0,5 m, elastic (i use 0,5 cm elastic)

Equipement :

  • scissors
  • pin
  • tailor's chalk (not so necessary)

  • Fold your fabric
  • Layout the fabric, place your bodice section on the fold, place in using pin
  • Cut out
  • Its more easier if you cut two layers on the fold, but it must be careful. Some fabric a lil bit slippy. It can cause issues, when you are cut out.

  • Here is the bodice section after you open the fold

  • Fold your fabric
  • Lay out your fabric, then place your sleeve section on the fold, place in using pin
  • Cut out

  • And here is your sleeve section after you open the fold

  • Place a sleeve piece on a bodice piece
  • Sew around the armhole

  • Place the other sleeve on the other bodice section. Sew the arm hole

  • Fold over the sleeve
  • Lays second bodice on top
  • Place a sleeve on the arm hole, sew. As well as the others

  • Sew from sleeve end down side to the bottom of the blouse

  • Fold over neckhole, sew down
  • Sew the elastic around the neckhole with strong stretch
  • Last, fold over sleeve end, sew down.

The finished Blouse :

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Two books from Dutch

Last week my cousin, Arum, came to my house and giving me this two lovely books. I ask her to buy me craft book when she had visited her aunty in Dutch, two months ago. And i get this two lovely books.

The first book is '100 Bloemen : om te haken en te breien'. A book for the chrochet and knittig lovers. And this book is for beginner.

Inside it you can find anykind of flowers, fruit, leaves and also insects. This book also for nature lovers, for everyone who loves gardening. You can create your own crochet or knittig garden.

The pattern available in a description form and a diagram form. So, eventhough i can speak dutch, i still can read the pattern.

The second book is '300 Breitips & Technieken'. A Handbook with tips for using different method of knitting.

This, an interesting part of this book. How to dye the yarn using natural dyes. But unfortunately i do not understand with the language. And this book is not equipped with the diagram form. All the pattern available just in a description form.

Can't wait to chrochet my own garden. Thanks Arum, love you and this book so much.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Peasant blouse (1) : an easy step to construct the pattern

Peasant blouse refers to a design based on traditional dress from Romanian, Poland and other European countries. Traditionally, peasant blouse made from white light cotton and featured puffed sleeves. Thanks to Tess for sharing an easy step to construct the pattern with me. I made a lil bit changes the formula for some part. And here is an easy step to construct the pattern.

Step one : Find out your width

Find your widest measurement : your hip and your bust
- my bust = 96 cm
- my hip = 88 cm

So, the widest measurement was around 96 cm
Divide this amount in quarter = 96/4 = 24 cm
Whatever your amoung add 4.5 cm
- mine = 24 cm + 4.5 cm = 28.5 cm

Step two : Find out your length

Measure from the top of your shoulder over the point of your bust to however long you want
For me this measurement = 60 cm

Step three : Find out your armhole (the green

Measure your armhole bu measuring from the top of your shoulder to however deep you want
For me this measurement = 24 cm

Step four : Draw up your pattern pieces

Ruling up your bodice

Using waste paper or perchment paper, draw up a rectangle with dimensio from step one and two ( 60 cm x 28.5 cm). And this is the bodice sectiona.

Ruling up your armhole

Fron the upper right corner of the rectangle, measure down from step three ultiply with two third then add with 1 to 3 cm
For me this measurement = (24 cm x 2/3) + 3 cm = 19 cm, make a small mark.

Ruling up the neckhole

From the upper right, measure across one third of your width add 3 to 7 cm
For me this measrement = 28.5 cm x 1/3 = 9.5 cm + 5 cm = 14.5 cm, make a small mark.

Then, from the upper left, easure down 3.8 cm, make a small mark.

Drawing up both your armhole and neckhole

Used a curve ruler to draw a curve line from one point to another. Take a piece of string or yarn. Lay it over the armhole and it should be 24 cm. You may have to adjust the curve o get the right measurement.

You will end up your armhole and neckhole, drawn as shown figure below.

Step five : The Sleeve

If your have a puffy sleeve , so you need a bit space for your sleeve
This can made shorte and the choice is yours.
For me this measurement = 60 cm by 18 cm (and it could be more). I made long puddy sleeve.

Used the bodice section as a template
Take another rectangula paper with dimension 60 cm by 18 cm, place it beneath the bodice section
Hold the smaller paper in place using paper clip or another non permanent adhesivesant bCut armhole and neckhole guidelines

These are the paper template you should have.

Enjoy your sewing time. Next post i will show your how to cut and sew.