I believe that needlework of all kinds should have a place in today’s society and not be relegated to the sidelines. I want to contribute to preserving techniques that are almost lost, by researching them, trying them out and incorporating them into modern designs. What can we learn from our textile traditions? Why is it that important to preserve them? What resources can we draw on? Those are important questions for me personally and I’d like to explore them using this blog.

Creating things out of textile materials seems to be in my blood. My grandmother was a seamstress, and my mother created a lot of her own clothing herself when she was a young girl. It was natural to me to learn all the different kinds of needlework I could get my hands on: embroidery, crochet, macramee, bobbin lace. To my disappointment, I never managed to get the hang of knitting as a kid, since my tension always was too strong and by the third row I wasn’t able to insert a needle into the finished stitches anymore. But to my surprise, when I tried again a few years ago, those problems had disappeared, and knitting is actually quite easy now!

Whenever I learn about a kind of needlework I don’t know how to do, I have to try it. Figuring out the process of something new is half the fun for me. While I might never get back to something once I’ve tried it, more often I find a new love that will have to compete for time with all the other stuff I like to do, like discovering yet another field on the verge of being forgotten.

To make sure historical textile crafts aren’t completely forgotten, I will use this blog

  • to write about great old and new books as well as the best needles from the ever-growing haystack that’s the internet,
  • to share my discoveries from museums and exhibitions that show historical as well as modern textiles,
  • to show how I use the techniques I learn about in my own projects,
  • to provide tutorials for techniques where such information isn’t readily available elsewhere.

This blog enables me to present the results of my explorations immediately, and I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I do!



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  1. Hello,

    We posted a link to your great needlework lace tutorial on our blog. We are having a juried hand embroidery show in Savannah, GA. Please check us out at StitchSpectacular.wordpress.com

  2. Hi
    I was wondering if you would be interested in showcasing some of your work on Stitcher’s Showcase.

    Stitcher’s Showcase is a website my husband Jeff and I have started that is dedicated to stitching artists showcasing their work, including quilting and tapestry artists. We want to provide a great community for artists to showcase their work and to interact. We would love to see you bring your talents to the site.

    We hope the community will inspire others and help them with their activities.

    There is no charge. You can customise your own page and include a link back to your website to help promote your own activities. We only ask no blatant commercial promotion of products etc.

    The website is http://StitchersShowcase.com

    If you like the site and would be kind enough to help us spread the word, a mention in your blog or on your website would be greatly appreciated.

    Regardless, I would love to see you showcase your work there.

    Thanks, and look forward to hearing from you.

    Ann Pritchard
    Stitcher’s Showcase

  3. Thank you for stopping by and following The UFO Garage & Fabric Depot.
    I love your patchwork projects and will return to take a look at your other posts as well.
    Greetings from Germany, Jule

  4. I have just started to try Mountmellick embroidery and love to read your blog, it is very inspiring to a new embroiderer.

  5. I’m finishing my version of your Great Wave/Storm at Sea after a very long hiatus. If you’d like to see it happen, it’s posted here:


    • It’s absolutely lovely. Small correction, though … I’m German, not Australian ๐Ÿ™‚

      • OOPS– Sorry! I don’t know WHERE I got that impression. Fixed immediately!

  6. Hi, Just letting you know that I sent you an email about joining the SAL. Let me know whether you received it. Maybe it is in your spam box. Avis ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Hi Constanze, I am trying to Follow you for the Travelling Sketchbook project but you don’t have a Follow button…. Any chance you could add one to make it easier for the less techy (me) among us?

    • Hi, have you tried to go to one of my posts and scroll up again after scrolling down? That makes a little “Follow” button appear for me in the lower right corner of the screen on all blogs I’ve tried it on. I have no idea how to create an additional “Follow” link for my blog!

      You could also go to your WordPress stats page to find me under your followers. There’s a link to follow people back there.

      • Thank you! I had to scroll down three entire posts and then scroll back before it would appear, but I’ve got it now! I’ve never seen that happen before. I got my Follow button in the Widgets section of my WP Admin page and it seems to stay put…

  8. Hi Constanze, I’m almost through with the Traveling Sketchbook, and since you’re next on the list, I thought I’d drop in and see what you’re up to. I can sew on a button, but that’s about it (despite my mother’s best efforts) so I was extremely impressed by your projects. I can’t wait to see your contribution! Pleased to meet you, Marina

    • Whee, can’t wait for the sketchbook to arrive! Looking forward to seeing all your great work in person!

      • I will send it on Monday!

  9. Hi there! I was looking at quilts and came upon one of yours that I absolutely loved! Wondering if you could share your pattern and/or the technique you used? It’s this one here: https://textiledreamer.wordpress.com/2007/06/08/storm-at-sea/amp/

    Thanks so much,

    • Glad you like the quilt, it’s still one of my favourites! As to the pattern, there’s a link both to the image source and to a book explaining the technique in the post you linked to. I don’t have anything else I could share.

  10. Not sure whether you received recent emails about our two new SAL members so I’m writing a note here. Just copy and paste Heidi and Connie’s links from my SAL post and then feel free to delete this comment. Please let me know if your email address has changed. Avis.

  11. Hello! Textile Dreamer

    I love your Koch Snowflake Quilt.
    I am Kenzo Nakamura in Japan.
    I write the article on geometric quilt design in Quilt Japan magazine.
    Iโ€™d like to introduce your Koch Snowflake Quilt at September 2019.

    And tell me about your quilt.
    What is the size of quilt! Length and width (cm)? Maybe105cm square
    How long it took to make this quilt? Maybe 6 months, January to June 2008
    If you have social name or title to your Koch Snowflake Quilt, Please tell me.
    I like Koch Snowflake Curve, please tell me about your intention of production to the quilt.


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