Beginning of this year I published my first book. A super tick quilt book full of all paper piecing patterns that I ever designed. Now, half a year later I’m working on my second book. Together with Gerda from Studio Koekoek I’m writing a book about pixels.

Pixel patterns can be used in cross stitching (please do take a peek at the Studio Koekoek website) but of course also in quilting and crochet. In the book ‘Once upon a Pixel’ you’ll find a collection of pixel patterns in the once upon a time theme. Including many fun projects for a children’s room or nursery. It’ll be full of fairy tale figures, knights, princesses and castles.

The last months I’ve worked on making the quilts for the book. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably seen some sneak peeks of the projects. Also in my latest vlogs (YouTube – Sugaridoo) you can see some power quilting being done ;)

 

All test stitchers thank you thank you for all your hard work!

 

I can’t wait till it’s time to shoot the final product photo’s. Meanwhile we keep writing, stitching and quilting.

 

Would you like to be the first to place a pre order for the book? Then keep an eye out on the Sugaridoo Instagram and Facebook. With a week or 2 we will be ready to take the first pre-orders

The book will be released end of September 2017 on a craftfair in the Netherlands (Handwerkdagen in Rijswijk). On this same craft fait there will be an exposition of all the projects made for the book.

After the book release there will also be a digital version available as an e-book (in Dutch and in English) via our webshops.

Liefs,
Irene

Week vlog number 3, whoop whoop! (Three vlogs already, that makes me officially a real vlogger right? haha..) This week I had special guests over in the Sugaridoo studio, there was a #letscrafttogether morning, I finished the froggy pillow and started a new quilt design.

Thanks for watching!

Love,
Irene

Week two!

Yay! The second vlog. I think I’m starting to like this talking to myself in front of a camera thing. This week I did a lot of editing, shot a video tutorial on amigurumi’s, played with fabrics and had an awesome creative business meat up in Rotterdam.

Thanks for watchin!

Love,
Irene

During a craft fair earlier this year I got a question about adding details to your amigurumi. What is the best way to do that? How do you secure your thread nicely? There are multiple way to add details. In the video below I will show you how I embroider faces to these cute little cacti.

What do you need

  • Crocheted amigurumi
  • Thread in the right color
  • Scissors
  • Needle with a blund end

In this tutorial I use a thread that is a little bit thinner than the yarn I used to crochet the cacti with. These cacti are crocheted with Yarn and Colors Super and the faces are stitched with Yarn and Colors Must Have. The thinner you thread, the more precise you can work. Just try different threads and see what works best for you.

The pattern for the little cacti can be found over here: Cactus Cloe, Cactus Casper, Cactus Cooper

Thanks for watching! If you have any questions, just let me know in the comments.

Love,
Irene

 

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Yayy! The very first week vlog is online!

I’ll give you a tour in the studio, show you the fabrics I bought on vacation and take you along during my workweek at Sugaridoo. This week there also was a very fun Let’s Craft Together morning and a workshop paper piecing in the studio.

I would love to hear what you think! Would you let me know in the comments?

Love,
Irene

Have you ever been to Gent? A wonderful city in Belgium. I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a weekend of shopping, Belgium chocolate, waffles and so many tasty Belgian beers. (I need to go back to Gent when I don’t have a baby in my belly anymore..)

On the internet I found this fabric shop that I wanted to visit. It’s called De Stoffenkamer, which means the fabric room. A 15 minute walk from the city center will bring you this great fabric store. I found the coolest fabrics to make some outfits for our mini man which I will show you in my weekvlog on monday.

The shop is located in a beautiful building. They will soon move to a different place close by though. In the bright and nicely organized rooms you will find a lovely collection of knits and quilting cottons.

And buttons.. So many buttons! Ahh all those colors. I would love to have a collection like this in the studio. You’ll also find a lot of zippers and robbons in De Stoffenkamer.

So if you’re in the neighborhood, pay this shop a little visit. They have a chair to position your hubby so your can your time to pet all the fabrics ;)

Love,
Irene

 

A year ago I quit my job. A really nice job with fun colleagues. A job as an engineer for which I studied quite long. A field of work that I still really like. But yet, I quit my job to start doing something else. For my parents, and many colleagues and friends this wasn’t a logical decision at the time. But for me it has been one of the best choices I made over the last years.

“Choosing happiness has to do with following your passions and prioritizing the things that just make you very happy.”

I believe you can create you own happiness. That has to do with making choices, with following your passion and prioritizing the things that just make you very happy.

A year ago we celebrated that I quit my job. Cheers!

What my biggest passion is, I discovered when I first had a stand at a craft fair in February last year. During a day at the office I made a spur of the moment decision to ask the organization of a large craft fair if there was a tiny stand available for me. And a few months later I was standing behind some tables with my freshly printed crochet patterns, yarn from my own stash and quilting fabrics that I bought during an online black Friday sale from the US.

“Working with all those pretty materials and sharing that passion with others, that makes me so very happy!”

During that fair I talked to so many lovely people. Of course it’s nice to hear that people like your designs and patterns. But at the same time I discovered how much I liked to explain to a newbie sewer what she would need to get started with quilting. Or to help someone find the perfect yarn colors for her next project. Working with those pretty materials and sharing that passion with others made me so very happy. I was bouncing all day long behind my stand.

The first craft fair I attended with Sugaridoo

That craft fair made me think. If my hobbies made me so happy, shouldn’t I do something with that? It wasn’t that I was unhappy with my job. (I still get super excited by a nicely coded simulation in Matlab.) But the idea that I could build something for myself. A business where I can decide what I work on, what I do each day and how much time I take for friends and family is really something special.

So that is what I did. I started working full-time on Sugaridoo, on July the first 2017 I changed from being employed to being a entrepreneur. Now a year has passed, and in that year so many things happened. I attended a lot of craft fairs, published my first book the Sugaridoo Sampler, launched the Sugaridoo Webshop and started working from my own studio in March this year. Crazy to take a look back in time and see how Sugaridoo grew over a year. Maybe it’s my pregnancy hormones, but I’m having happy tears right now realizing that I can do all of this. Every day.

Art quote by Miekinvorm.nl

Your own business is something that is always changing and growing I think. Sugaridoo didn’t became as it is now over night. On March the 25th 2013 I soled my very first crochet pattern. That is already 4.5 years ago. By giving it time and attention it grew slowly to what it is today. And there is still so much room for change and improvement. But that’s totally okey. I took the first step to ‘Make it Happen’. Awesome to work on that everyday!

Thank you so much for being a part of my Sugaridoo journey.

Love,
Irene