1st Prize Fadenkreuz 2010 Competition: “Heiwa” 平和 Handkerchief

15 03 2010

Competition: Fadenkreuz 2010

Sponsored by: The German Embroidery Guild and the German Lace Guild

Date: March 13 & 14, 2010

Location: Eppstein, Germany

Link to my blog entry: Read more about Heiwa.

1st Prize Fadenkreuz 2010 Competition: “Heiwa” 平和 Handkerchief


“Fadenkreuz 2010″ (Crossed Threads) – Textile Event German Embroidery and Lace Guilds

15 03 2010

Date: March 13 and 14, 2010

Location: Eppstein, Germany

Participants: Deutsche Stickgilde e.V. (German Embroidery Guild) and Deutsche Spitzengilde e.V. (German Lace Guild), including german and international textile and thread merchants

The Poster:

Fadenkreuz poster

The works  of some members of the guild:

The German Embroidery Guild´s Exhibit

My works are on the table:

My works on the table

My view from where I stitched:

View from the stage stitching the Yellow Sampler (Cutwork)

The competition room with the works from both the Embroidery and lace guilds:

Competition Room

Competition Room

My Heiwa (japanese word for Peace) helmet on the competition table:

my heiwa

A future bobbin lace maker:

She is making a spiral lace

This old lady is making a nativity scene and is wearing articles which are handmade bobbin lace:

These girls even have their own costumes:

Krotzebojer Klöppelmädscher

www.amazinglace.de designs handmade jewelries using bobbin lace making techniques. Birgit Härtel studied textile design and was born in the Erzgebirge, famous for the tradition of german lace making. She also gives courses. Her website comes in both english and in german.

Antique laces and embroideries

antique laces

antique laces

I bought the pattern to make this orchid designed by Katharina Kern from Das Klöppelhaus. Katharina Kern is an award-winning lace maker and designer and she also gives courses:

Orchid Bobbin lace

Orchid Bobbin lace

Schwalm embroidery made by Gisela Anhäuser, who lives near the area where the embroidery originated:

Gisela Anhäuser

Gisela Anhäuser

More fine Schwalm Embroideries from Gisela Anhäuser:


These are really fine stitches on fine linen.  She does not give courses nor publish patterns, but loves to exhibit her works.



Gisela Anhäuser generously shares her address for anyone interested in her works:



Adelheid Dangela is an Occhi or Tatting lace designer, teacher and book author. Her latest work is Patchwork Occhi.

Adelheid Dangela Patchwork Occhi

Barbara Fay also sells her books:

Patchwork occhi by Adelheid Dangela and other books

The rest of the exhibited patchwork Occhis:

patchwork occhi by adelheid dangela

Frau Annemarie Lehnert is one of the important personalities in the German Lace Guild and she made this transparent dress using needle lace technique . She is also wearing an amazing thread-and-wire handmade necklace! Please click on the photo for detailed format.

needlelace dress and necklace

Another brilliant Needlelace creation by Annemarie Lehnert:

Black evening dress needlelace technique by annemarie lehnert

The German Handspinning Guild (Handspinngilde e.V.) was there too. Thank you for the information and demonstration. I was able to try my hand on spinning for the first time using different tools:

handspinngilde e.v.

The Weben+ was there. Thank you for the information and the demonstration. I was able to try the Louet Klik and it was awesome.


Goodbye, Eppstein! it was nice getting to know you…


Love Fruits (Stilllife: Mangoes on a Bamboo Tray)

8 03 2010

Started: January 31, 2010

Finished: March 8, 2010

Number of hours: 82 hours

Size: 29 x 43cm

Materials: DMC Stranded cotton and Rayon threads on pineapple-silk handwoven fabric

It shows 7 mangoes on a bilao, a round hand-woven bamboo tray. Each mango is done in different ajour stitches.  The background has ajour work too. And I am also trying some new stitches.

It is the national fruit of the Philippines, symbolizing love for family and love for nation, because it is shaped like a human heart. It is very sweet when it turns golden yellow. It is so high in sugar, that diabetics are not advised to eat even when mangoes are still green and sour. Each mango represents a family member or a friend or a passion for something, like passion for embroidery. ^_^

Feb.5, 2010: First photo update after 23 hours.

WIP Mangga Feb 5 2010 after 23 hours

After 46 hours, here is another update. The leaves are leaf stitches outlined with buttonhole stitches. All the mangoes are filled with 7 ajour stitches and outlined with 7 “line or chain” stitches. Next is the bamboo tray.

Update February 16, 2010: The bamboo tray is finished. Now comes the laces on the background. They are strips of embroidered lace across the background.

Love Fruits WIP Feb 16 2010 After 51 Hours

Finally the laces are finished and ready for exhibition on March 13 and 14, 2010.

Click on the photos for larger view of the embroidered laces!

Love Fruits (Mangga sa Bilao)

The fabric is transparent not only because of the fine silk and pineapple fibers, the fabric is also not tightly woven. So I decided to just write my signature, rather than embroider it.

Love Fruits (Mangga sa Bilao) signature

Larger view:

Handarbeit / Stickerei in Berlin, Deutschland.

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