Monday, May 31, 2010

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Lost Generation
by Jonathan Reed

I am part of a lost generation
and I refuse to believe that
I can change the world

   And all of this will come true unless we choose to reverse it!

Saturday, May 29, 2010


Small knitting sampler - Late 19th


Friday, May 28, 2010


Change in plan !!!

I was originally planning to stitch my new darning sampler on silk gauze but alas, was not the best of the plans. Have switched fabric to the hand-spun / hand-woven silk from the Eastern Anatolian looms. And changed floss colours totalling to six instead of two :)

By the way, anybody in the USA interested with this wonderful one-of-a-kind pure silk fabric, in its genuine colour, woven on the centuries old Eastern Anatolian looms with hand-spun natural silk, please consult French Needle who now have it in their stock - exclusive in the US!

Thursday, May 27, 2010


Another crochet sampler from Austria or Germany, can't remember which. Should date back to late 19th or early 20th ...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


Anyone perusing through my blog will get a feel of my obsession on darning samplers, particularly the good ol' ones. I had been planning to design my version and am happy to announce that I finished it yesterday after working for two days with intervals. Not the easiest thing for someone who is not from the culture. I shall be stitching it with variegated silk threads over hand-woven silk fabric again introduced in this blog. I am partially showing the darning pattern cause I want to present it to your eyes once I finish stitching it :)

Another project I plan to consider starting is a cross stitch and beadwork combination kit of Victorian lilies. Surely, the silk darning project will have priority.

And something to keep my hyper hands occupied while watching TV :)

Sunday, May 23, 2010


At each stage of history, the olive tree became the most important component of all civilizations established in Anatolia. The mainland of the olive is the Southeast Anatolia however, in the course of time it has been extended to the world through the Mediterranean shores initially to Asia and then to the Americas.

It is said that the olive tree is the first of the trees in any sort that are being cultivated in the world. The olive is also mentioned in the holy books as the crop of many myths.

My friend Bettina is now in Datça, working at an olive farm and guesthouse where no chemical products or fertilizers are used in the cultivation of organic olives.

If you are traveling this way, drop by and say hello ... Or make your reservation and enjoy the natural life!

Saturday, May 22, 2010


I have seen this done a couple weeks ago and was not very happy that they were using the immature pomegranades until I was told that they were using the fallen fruits. The wind, the birds, the squirrels ... Or may be they simply fall out themselves. Today I had the idea to also look for them and did not have to go very far. They were all lying on the ground right next door.

Brought my share home;

Gave them a little bath;

and laid them out to dry :)

A thread, a needle ... Et voila!

Had some visiting friends so will continue another time!