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Embroidery Dreams

When I was a little girl, I used to embroidery different patterns which my mother bought for me. The first one was a cute little puppy which was framed. My mother still keeps it hangs in the living room. Six months ago I had the pleasure to meet a new product and a new virtual friend (and a very real one since we both live in Israel). Orly creates a unique product (and she is a unique person). Product which I am sure you all will love. Orly prints embroidery patterns on canvas in a traditional technique and those patterns are so lovely you just can’t ignore them. As a nostalgic person, I really appreciate traditional crafts and Orly has a lot of respect to that tradition. I am not sure when I will find the time to do some embroidery work, but choosing my pattern in her Etsy shop was very easy. You can see it yourself here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/EmbroideryDreams?ref=seller_info_count

And if you want to see more pictures from this process you can follow her blog:

http://embroidery-dreams.blogspot.co.il/2012_11_01_archive.html

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Look how the stitches are so nicely done.

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One of the steps –  perforate the pattern on transparent paper.

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Another pattern.

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The rabbit – my favorite pattern. This pattern is a result of collaboration between Orly and another friend – Micush.

The pattern was made according to her illustraion.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/121442145/greeting-card-snow-rabbit-by-micush?ref=shop_home_feat

Hope you liked it too.

Orit

One Sunny Day

I love scrapbooking! It is a new hobby for me, only few months, but already making my own album pages and card greeting. It all started when I was looking for a better way to arrange my family photos (and I have a lot ) . Because I am very nostalgic person I still use an old analogous camera (please don’t laugh) which force me to print the photos on every occasion. This means a lot of photos which needs special pages.

Usually for making a page I need a sketch which guides me on how to layout the photo and the background. I have discovered that my favorite method of decoration is to ‘continue’ and ‘stretch’ the photo. This way highlights, in my opinion, the photo in a very interesting close up and it is not just adding decoration. Sometimes I use a sketch from my Pinterest boards and sometimes I make my own one. Pinterest, by the way, has become a very important tool for my creations in the last months.
Because scrapbooking is very new for me, my supply is limited so I love to improvise. In some cases it is even advantage and it became a major part in the process of creating the page.

The photo I have chosen was taken a year ago. It was a sunny day in the middle of the winter and because it was Saturday, we decided to go on a picnic in the Ella Valley. This  amazing valley has a lot of vineyards and magic woods, so we started walking. After 15 minutes my husband decided he wants to show our son some birds, so he lifted him and put him on his shoulders. I was behind them and I thought this will be a great  photo, so I took a picture in my old camera.

The page is created with Israeli cardstocks which were designed by Tsroya Ilan. She has amazing pages and I thought they will add some nature mood to my photo.

I started my decoration with a frame  so I cut the pages and left a adge which looks like a frame. After that I added a path made from another page.

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To highlight the path, I knitted a very simple crochet stitches (I just can’t not adding any knitted item)

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The sun was made from a large button, almost 2 inch.

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The trees are from a Christmas tree (!!!) which I had on my  cardstocks stock. I cut it and copied it.

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The last decoration was adding quotation from famous Israeli song which means: “we went on a trip…”

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This is the finished page. Every time I looks at him, I feel like going to a trip.

Hope you feel the same.

 

Orit

Flying Rockets while Giving Birth

Over a month has passed since I opened my new blog and still no new post was written. For this time I have a very good excuse.

This was a very challenging period since I wrote my first post. As my due date was getting close, I have become obsessed trying to finish as much missions as possible. So instead of resting, I have found my self extremely busy. Among my long list of missions, there was one about my second post which I intended to write on my new PDF. But reality has reminded me that man plans, God laughs.

On the morning of Nov 15th, I have realized that the small contractions I felt all night are here to stay. They become more intense, but because I planed a natural birth, there was no rush to get to the hospital. So instead of counting minutes (something which only increase tension), I have decided to start 2 orders I had from my Etsy shop!!!
This was a very funny scene. Every 10 minutes I had to stand up and do some circles with my pelvis. After the contraction has gone, I got back to my chair, wire and knitting (or in other words, my blog’s name….).

At noon my orders were ready, my son was in the kindergarten and I felt this is a very good timing to go to the hospital: speaking while contraction was very difficult and this was a good sign. So I finished packing everything (and I mean everything!!). Driving to the hospital was very uncomfortable as I had to sit on the back seat of the car, on my knees and had to band a bit my head. But the news I heard from the radio were even more uncomfortable: more and more rockets are hitting the southern of Israel. I was worried but at least the hospital and my son are not near the rockets zone. After arriving to the hospital I called my midwife, Alina, and hoped for good news. But it appears the sever contractions I felt were in fact only 2.5 cm dilated. I was very disappointed as I hoped to hear something between 5-6, but Alina had a good idea: go for a walk and come back in another hour.

This was a walk from hell; every 5 minutes a long contraction has caused me to shout to my husband, so he will come and put his hands on my suffering back. After 1 hour I felt that I need worm water on my back, so I limped back to the hospital. My husband felt that it will take some time, and because a rocket hit a very close city near our house (!!!), something which was much unexpected, we decided it is more important he will be with my son (and I will be alone). After he left, Alina checked once again and this time the result was 3. Not enough but my mind was focus on how to reduce the pain so I couldn’t care less. I rushed to the shower, throwing my cloths and hoped the warm water will be my rescue. But as the time passed on I realized how much giving birth is very painful, this was the longest hour of my life!!!

In the mean time I felt that I need Alina next to me. She came and took me out from the shower. In this point my state of mind was very different, but still in focus. She wanted to check once again, to my big surprise this time the answer was that the baby is very close and if I want I can push. In the mean time she helped me climb to the bead. I stood on my knees, my back was straight and my hands lay down on the head of the bead. This was an excellent position and after few pushing, the baby came out.
The moment after she came out was amazing and because I can’t describe this in words, I am adding a photo:

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Her name is Adi. In Hebrew Adi means big necklace and I am very proud to be her mother!

As you can see in this photo, she is covered with crochet blanket which was knitted by my mother in low who passed away a year ago. She was master in knitting and I am dedicateing this post to her.

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And from knitting in thread to knitting in wire and this time another birth to announce – my new PDF. I got some requests to write instructions for earring and I decided to make them for this earring:

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And because Hanukkah and Christmas are very close you can all enjoy 20% off for this PDF on my Etsy shop:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/orithadad?ref=si_shop

Hope to write my next post more quickly than this one,

Thank you,

Orit

New Blog

New Blog

Ever since I wrote my first PDF, instructions to create my crochet ring, I got a lot of feedbacks to create my own blog. This was a big surprise for me. Apparently the photos with the explanations were good enough to make a well organized PDF that it seems to some of you, like a good platform to make also a blog of creation

So finally after lots of debates with my inner “me” and my growing belly (I am 8th month pregnant ), I have decided that blog would be the place for me to share my ideas and creations – finished and non finished (which are a lot….). Because “me” is not just “creation” and “inspiration”, I think this would be a bit about me, aka ‘Orit’,
a lot about what I am doing, aka knitting. But this blog would be also about getting up in the morning (very difficult for me with all the extra weight…), or in short – life.

So who am I??? I don’t believe in long introduction so I will start with only a few words. The rest will come as I hope to write more post, hopefully you will like this one.

So this is me:
I look just like my logo (you have to believe me now; I will add a photo so you will able to compare).

I am a mother to 4 years old boy – very energetic and another baby girl in November.

I am crazy about knitting, crochet and textile techniques.

I love to create, I love handmade and I love design – scrapbooking is my new hobby.

With all this passion, I have decided to start my own business and create jewelry which is made entire on knitted wire. This was 6 years ago and since then I also opened my Etsy shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/orithadad

After the introduction, I had to decide what this post would be about.
Again this decision was very challenging for me and eventually I got to conclusion that I want to share with you my next necklace. This necklace was not listed on Etsy yet and I didn’t even show it on my stand in the Nahalat Binyamin Fair in Tel Aviv. It is so new that when I wrote this post, it was still on my desk, waiting to be listed.

So this is it, or in fact part of it:

This is an amazing leather which I found and I just couldn’t resist making something which will be combined with knitting. As you can see this piece was cut few an few times before I could decide on the shape.

So after some cutting and piercing, I got this shape:

And this is it in full size:

I would love to read your opinion on the result, so if you like you can leave a comment.

Now I have to think about my next post and if you like to read it, you can subscribe (at the bottom of this page) to my blog  and receive an email notification when a new post is made.

Thank you for reading this,

Orit

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