Colourful plaid skirt // hand-painted with poster paint

Hand-painted skirt

This time I decided to work with poster paint instead of acrylics. Like I do with acrylics, I dilute it by mixing it with water and textile medium to create transparent paint. I build up the plaid design by applying a transparent layer of paint over another dried layer. Continue reading

Dyeing, painting and decorating fabric for a purse

Sewing project hand painted purse

My last purse had a lovely plaid design in blue and pink. When it was broken, I looked for a similar one. Without results. So I decided to make one myself. After I dyed the fabric, I painted stripes and plaids on it with acrylic paint, and then I decorated it with colourful stitches. Continue reading

Simply be yourself and create your own personal style!

Create your own style

A full century ago, when my great-grandmother lived, the chance of meeting someone in a similar outfit was unlikely. Nowadays our garments are mostly mass produced in large factories in poor countries. Continue reading

Presenting the long skirt and cropped shirt that I sewed

The dresses of the early 1900s inspired me to make this high waisted skirt and cropped shirt. I know it makes me look taller. But nowadays I don’t hide my height or my hourglass figure any more. I am perfect the way I am. Continue reading

All men need a casual long sleeve shirt

Sewing men shirt

For some weeks I have been taking sewing lessons with Studio Veel Soepz. Although I only had a few classes, I have already learned a lot from Femke. She was a great help to me, when I sewed these long sleeve shirts for my husband and son. Continue reading

Feeling creative: knitting with strips of fabric

knitting is addictive

I love exploring different textile techniques. Lately I have discovered the possibility to knit with strips of fabric. Although I am not an advanced knitter by any means – I am far too impatient to become one -, I must say that I find knitting highly addictive. Continue reading

Creativity is all about conception and mindfulness

Quote creativity conception

For me, creativity is all about conception and mindfulness. It is about the way I regard the world around me and my readiness to see things from a different perspective or point of view. Mindfulness helps me to step back from my usual thoughts and emotions and see that world in a new inspiring light. Continue reading

A dream come true: the shirts&words store

My dream come true

When I started with shirts&words back in 2008, I had a dream: one day shirts&words would have its own store. That one day came when Marcel and Miriam Bleeker opened the shirts&words store at Curacao Boulevard. During my stay in Curacao, I could finally visit their store. It was amazing… Continue reading

Happiness is having my own design studio

Design Moodboard studio

I just love sitting in my new studio / office surrounded by the most inspiring and uplifting things, like my mood board, notebooks and art, design and sewing supplies. Continue reading

Visiting textiles shops in Tilburg and buying fabrics

Creating fashion brand

Textielstad was my favourite. Just being there, touching the fabrics, made me feel like a child again. More than thousand of different fabrics to choose from in all sorts of colours. Continue reading