02 September, 2019

A sense of fall

With September in town and a major drop in temperature on the way, the quick post today will announce the start of our newest challenge over at the Fadengrafik Challenge before fall finally kicks in. We're having a "mushroom" theme this month, and it turned out to be quite a challenge for me to be honest. 
For a moment, I thought about using a mushroom pattern from my stash that I've turned into a card ages ago already, but then again, I didn't want to just reproduce something I've already done. Instead, I decided to use a simple geometric pattern that I have used probably a dozen times, in different colours and combinations. Oh well...
To make it worse, I decided to create a bookmark rather than making a card - which, too, is a something I have already done a dozen times using this particular pattern.
But then again, I've never used this particular combination of brown yarns (only a really, really similar one, lol!). Anyway, after the stitching was done I enhanced the white paper using dark brown cardboard, while I began to go through my stash looking for a matching piece to cover the other side.
Overall, the brown-ish colours of my project are visibly inspired by the beautiful paper collection by Nina Štajner which I recently purchased after going back and forth about it for quite a while. The lovely autumn critters are simply adorable, and so are the patterns she in her paper collection, but how could I possibly use them in my crafting projects when they're just too beautiful to be cut, folded, glued, and/or covered? In the end, I simply *had* to have them. 
As there was no mushroom in my stitched motif, I now began to search the paper set looking for a fitting mushroom piece: preferable a rather tiny pattern that would cover the back of my bookmark and resemble the real-life situation of a mushroom picker in the forest: they might not be there in plain sight, but if you keep looking, you might eventually find them along the way. 
Make sure to follow the official regulations though, which will very likely be no more than 2 kg per person per day, which should be more than enough for any normal individual. By no means do it the "Slovenian way" which will include forest raids with a daily prey of 50+ kg, proud photo evidence of piled up mushrooms and bragging about one's "success" to just about everybody without even thinking that no person in their right mind can process this amount of fungi, especially as this is most likely not a once-a-year lucky find. Take approximately as much as you can/will eat til the next season and leave the rest to grow and/or rot, for heaven's sake!

A little contribution to the September collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria.
A little contribution to the collection of hand-stitching at made with Blümchen.

613 avenue create: ATG
a bit more time to craft: ATG
brown sugar: ATG
C.R.A.F.T.: back to school
creative inspirations: something seasonal (fall)
creative moments: ATG
cute card thursday: ATG but a card
love to craft: ATG
pennys papertake: ATG
sketchy challenges: ATG
through the craftroom door: ATG
use your stuff: back to school
wortartwednesday: ATG
worldwide open design team challenge: ATG


  1. Beautiful work! I love the bookmarks. Your stitching is amazing and you could not have chosen a better paper for your backing! Thanks for submitting this project to our challenge at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana Malkah, Owner/Designer

  2. Thanks for joining us at Use your stuff

  3. This bookmark is beautiful. I love autumn and this design is just great for that season. Thanks for taking the time to enter our challenge this month at Creative Inspirations and good luck, Jayne DT

  4. This is a stunning bookmark. Your stitching is awesome.
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge this week at CRAFT Challenge looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Hugs Sheryl xx
    Cat Crazy Craft Corner {My Blog}

  5. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge. Your project is wonderful and best of luck with your entry.

    Jodie DT for  World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

  6. Beautiful creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin xx

  7. Beautiful bookmark and exquisite stitching-perfect B.paper too.Thank you for joining us at Love to Craft
    Carol DT x

  8. Super stunning bookmark! It is so tough when the paper is so pretty that we have to have it, but don't want to cut it! I love your mushroom paper and your brown stitching is gorgeous :).
    Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's, and good luck with your entry! :)

    Lemon Biscuit

  9. Beautiful! Thanks so much for participating in the PINspirational Challenge this time and good luck :)

  10. Beautiful creative book mark, fantastic stitch work!
    Thanks for sharing your creation with us at 613 Avenue Create ... .. Good Luck & hope to see you again!
    DT shell

  11. Sweet bookmarks!!! Thanks so much for participating in our {PIN}SPIRATIONAL challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  12. Beautiful stitching and a great book mark.

    Great card -

    Thanks for joining us at Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge.

    Helen x

  13. A lovely bookmark!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes” challenge over at The Sketchy Challenges & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

    (DT Crafty Friends)

    (DT The Sketchy Challenges)

    (DT Simply Create Too)