Châtelaine's Dreams

This is the place where I want to share dreams and visions. As well for my love of needlework as for all things vintage and antique : fabrics, furniture, dresses, etc. etc. For photography and other visual arts. For music and cooking. For beauty in your lives.

Besides being designer for embroidery designs under the name of "CHÂTELAINE" and producing my own line of extravagant jewellery as the "GESCHMEIDE-MEISTERIN" (The Mistress of Jewellery), there
are so many things which are of interest for me, that I always wanted to have a place where to post bits and pictures to show and tell, and perhaps find like-minded "out there" to talk about our mutual passions for all things textile, antique, vintage and just beautiful....

I would like to hear from you, be it in email or as a comment !

Visitors from all over the world

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Compensational Piggybank....

On ALL classes , already running or starting soon you will have a 10% discount from :

SEPTEMBER 10th 2013
OCTOBER 3rd 2013 – 24:00 German time

After this end-date this offer has expired and is not longer valid!

1.) You MUST deduct the 10% YOURSELF before paying with Paypal - AND mention the word "PIGGYBANK" in your payment through Paypal. It is easier to not go through my website but to pay directly at Paypal’s using my email address:

2.) Please understand that this is valid ONLY for the classes I offer - NOT for anything from European Cross Stitch nor for ANY old classes etc!

 3.) I will NOT deduct 10% myself from payments done nor refund amounts if you forget to do it yourself ! If you forgot to deduct the 10%, it is your fault and will not be corrected by me.

4.) The time stamp of the PAYMENT counts, which I receive notified by Paypal, not the time of "joining" a group...

Here is  link to all running and coming classes: 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Arashi Shibori Dyeing 01

Well - I have seen examples of yummilicious Shibori Shawls and artefacts whilst googling for Arashi Shibori. So I came to a professional dyer's site as well, fell in unconsiousness first on the beauty and second times on her prices (Anne Selby).  She knows what she does, and she does it well, obviously, but her products are too expensive IMO.

An other site got me inspired a lot - and what she does, I want to learn, at least in parts of what I can do witout indulging 100% into the matter.
Shibori Girl 
She is more in my line of understanding the art and she really tries and tried out a lot, if you browse her site !

And I thought: well, try your paws on it - worst can be that you have to toss it in the bin of unhappy fabrics...
I am intrigued by the Fortuny-like "Plissées" which occurr whilst pushing the wrapped fabric together on the "rod" (here: bottle) and which will only live as long as the fabric stays dry. Once gotten moist, they are gone. Forever. But the beautiful color play stays !

So far I do not like the more structured patterns, which seem too abstract and  harsh to me. They may be typically Japanese, but do not appeal to my sense of color flow and overall softness.
Some look awfully like the stuff we dyed back in the 60s... and some are too coarse and "rustic" for my taste. Well - each to one's likings...

OK - so I took a large piece of Silk and folded it in half, wound it on an empty apple juice bottle (saves much money ) bound it taut with a long and sturdy linen thread and then pushhhhhhed it together hard as I could. Using rubber gloves helped a bit. I will have to improve this perhaps getting a pipe  clamp from the local DIYS shop....
 Then I put  it in the kitchen  sink and dripped soluted dyes over the "roll" from the outside to the inside. And a bit here and there. Hoping that it would gradually reach the inner layers too...

I  rinsed the bundle and put it outside for three days to dry now, dieing (!) to see the dyed effects.
This morning I could not stand it a second longer - and here are the pictures of the unwrapping.
I had expected the dyes to be softer (wanted a MOP colorplay from grey and rose and peacock - but not as vivid as it came out. Learning !) but I am happy with the Plissee and the overall feel and touch.
Threads off......

First layer ....ahhhh ! I am soo excited !
 Tell about Christmas in July !! The next pictures show the gradually un-rolling the fabric and then...shaking the pleats loose...
 I love it.....

Monday, July 15, 2013

Hot and humid - everything grows... I do not dare to be in the garden for long times ! Who knows in which direction I would grow ?? No no....
Here are some pics of my "container" jungle on the lower patio. From "nothing" virtually grown into overwhelming plants. Hopefully some tomatoes will ripen soon !
But I got a bundle of pictures for you , so you can have a feeling of the "atmosphere" around my pond and in the veggie garden.
The weathered stone bench now is (has been carried by DH and me) to the pond side...
One of the old barrels filled with Hosta plants
Lots of algae... but the Waterlilies peek through. This one is only 2" in diameter !
The veggie garden is pretty on first sight - but, oh ! the snails ! Those fat, reddish creepers who munch all, a l l ALL stuff, except the Endivia Lettuce (too bitter !). In spite of distributing huge amounts of "snail-dead" each evening they come, look and conquer each leaf, each Cauliflower, each Strawberry...
AUTUMN ??? No, just too dry ! No rain !

Robby in his Summertime- livingroom :-)
Snails' paradise. Looks good from far away though...

Gloria Dei
Grapes " to be"
Well, next year I hope to be wise and will install an aluminium "fence" around my raised beds - with a folded edge they can not overcome. This year -- too late !