Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas in Czech republic

Christmas rush is over, it is time to do nothing, relax and enjoy that.
How does it look at Christmas in Czech republic?
24th of December we have family christmas dinner. Tradition is to have carp soup, fried capr and potato salad. Several days before Christmas there are tubes and tanks with water and living carps. Especially children love to look at fish in water. People they sell fish (it must be horrible in frozy weather) can kill it to you, but a lot of people (with small children) want alive carp and they let him to swim in bathtub several hours. But at the end fish is dead, cut into flat pieces, then we put those pieces in flower, raw egg and crump and fried in oil. It makes kind of coating.
Potato salad is another tradition. Made from cooked potatoes, some vegetable and dressing from mayonnaise. Each year we have got salad from my mother, but she died this year, so my darling decided to make his own salad. And it was very nice. So he have to make it next year again.
My favourite is fish soup. I cooked in hot water heads and bones from carp. Then meat is separated from bones. I fried some vegetable and flower on mixture of oil and butter. Then I cook it all together with some spices and at the end a little of cream to make in more fine. I love that soup.
After dinner there are plates with christmas cookies. I am not very good in baking. I tried something, it is fine, but when I compare that with sweets made by my sister... She promised to teach me how to bake great cookies.
After dinner there is most favourite time of whole Christmas: presents. They are under the tree. No christmas stockings, no waiting for morning. And no Santa Claus. To small children we say that present are given by small Jesus (even in atheistic families). Santa Claus is imported from abroad in latest years, it was not here, when I was a child.
25th of December is my favourite day. Everything was mad day before, all Christmas rush is over, fridge is full of meal, no need to cook, to clean, we can have a rest and relax, enjoy presents. Laziest day in a whole year.


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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Facebook | I want crafty friends

Facebook | I want crafty friends
Facebook group for those people, they want to meet and eventually befriend more crafty friends. You can find me. My name is Ivana Michalova.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Craft Juice / Popular Crafts

Craft Juice / Popular Crafts

Social bookmarking for crafts. Great idea. You can find me there with nick

Saturday, December 13, 2008

My StumbleUpon

My Blog

I like to bookmark craft patterns and tutorials, you can see my bookmarks on StumbleUpon or you can subscribe them in RSS reader.

Friday, November 28, 2008


Originally uploaded by imichalova1
Chart for filet chrocheting or cross stitch:

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Knitted pattern

Knitted pattern
Originally uploaded by imichalova1

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

New knitting stitch added to my web

Christmas present for child, that loves Harry Potter

You can sew Harry Potter´s costume. Follow this link.

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Thursday, November 06, 2008

I am member of

Today I joined My nick is Ivanam, so if you want to join this community, you can find me there.

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

ATC - artist trading card

Recently I discovered ATC - artist trading cards. My first cards are on flickr. Enjoy and comments :-)

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Link to video that cam just in time

Somebody have sent me video from youtube.
He/she doesnot how hard days I have no. Several days ago my mother died. And today they fired me from my job. Can you imagine what I felt?
I came home, switch on computer and on StumbleUpon somebody sent me link to video of young man who has far bigger troubles than me. He inspired me to look into future and to see light at the end of tunnel.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Patchwork cushion - Roman Stripes

This is my latest patchwork thing - flat cushion. More info see on my web: .

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Design for cushion

Design for simple cushion made of squares - for my web

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Annie´s choice

Annie´s choice
Originally uploaded by imichalova1
This is one block from my new website It will be library of patchwork blocks with empty coloring pages to make your own design.
Feel free to visit it and to take some inspiration.
All blocks are in same dimension, you can print them, colour them and play with them till you get desing you like.

Variations of one block

15.9.08 (54)
Originally uploaded by imichalova1
I started to sew small flat cushion and I decided to try Roman stripes. Roman stripes is square block, it consists of one triangle solid and one striped. Before I sew them together, I played with them and tried how many variations I can make. I gave up when I have about 30.
You can see some of them if you click to picture and go to my gallery on flickr.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

2. Prague Patchwork Meeting

2, Prague patchwork meeting was in April 2008 and it was awesome.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Free form crocheting - my future bag

Free form crocheting
Originally uploaded by imichalova1
I crocheted motifs and now they must be joined together. For futher progress follow this blog.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Free form in blue

Free form in blue
Originally uploaded by imichalova1
Scrumbles for my next free form project - bag. Different shades of blue, a little of yellow, because I like contrast between blue and yellow.
I didnot a lot of freeform projects before, but I like it.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Top of quilt

Top of quilt
Originally uploaded by imichalova1
This is my quilt. Top of quilt. I still have to add some batting and backing. Looks complicated, but it is made of quilte simple triangle blocks.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

WWWKIP day in Prague

Celebration of WWKIP day in Prague (Czech republic) was wonderful. I made some promotion on internet, there are two knitting forums in czech language I regularly visit. I´got response from 4 or 5 people. Finally there were more than 20 people! If I compare that with two knitters in 2007...
After meeting on Wenceslav square we went to yarn paradise, where took place Woolparty. Martina, who owns this shop, organised fashion on the street. Can you imagine how surprised were men they work on the roof of oppozite house?
You can see some pictures from Wenceslav square in my flickr, photos from Yarn paradise are on Martina´s picasa gallery.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Yves Saint Laurent died

Today I found on internet sad information, that Yves Saint Laurent died.
Yves Saint Laurent was great fashion designer. His biography you can find on wikipedia or on infomat.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Sashiko - japonská technika vyšívání/prošívání

Sashiko (čte se sašiko) pochází z Japonska, je to prošívání dvou až tří vrstev látky, které chudí lidé používali k tomu, aby využili každý kousek látky a zároveň vytvořili silnější a teplejší textilii. Při prošívání se samozřejmě snažily (vždyť to byly ženské jako my), aby to bylo nejen účelné, ale i hezké. Používaly obvykle tmavěmodré, indigem barvené látky, prošívaly bílou nití, asi proto, že barvená by byla dražší.
Dostala se mi do ruky knížka o sashiku, kterou napsala Susan Briscoe a do češtiny výborně přeložila Jana Lálová. Kurzy sashiko podle mých informací připravuje Bellus.

Pokud chcete vidět můj první pokus o sashiko, tak zde je. Myslím, že je to hrozné, vybrala jsem si hustou látku, na které se šije opravdu špatně, celé je to zkrabacené a nijak zvlášť pěkné. Ale Edison taky udělal několik tisíc pokusů, než vynalezl žárovku. Takže já to nevzdám, už mám doma kousek modré panamky, s tou budu určitě úspěšnější.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Modular cardigan - detail

I made already about half of my cardigan.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Knitted afgan - sampler

Knitted afgan - sampler
Originally uploaded by imichalova1
There were two reasons to start this project.
1. I wanted to make something with a lot scrap yarns I have.
2. I started new web with knitting stitches, I have to knit a lot of them, but I was sorry to leave them unused.

So I slowly work both on afghan and website :-)

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Knitted pullover for me

Knitted pullover for me
Originally uploaded by imichalova1
I came to shop to buy something different but I fall in love with yarn in black a yellow colour. I wanted to have more of yellow colour on shoulders, because it will attract more attention to shoulders than my not so slim hips.
Sleeves are still missing :-(

Camille - Ta douleur (clip)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

New community for stitchers

This community was created by SharonB and it is dedicated for people they like textile. Sharon wrote about it on her blog.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Carol Taylor - textile art

Visit her gallery.


Originally uploaded by solgrim
I found this picture on flickr and I love it. If you click on the picture, you will go to gallery of Norway with a lot of sewing and knitting.

How to make repeat pattern

Awesome tutorial. I recommend to try it.


Next issue of CQMagOnline. See and enjoy.

Sunday, May 11, 2008


My friend Marcela from our patchwork klub and her friend Ludmila (from another klub) have exhibition. Vernissage was last Thursday and it was great.
Best thing was meeting with new frends.
You can see some pictures in gallery of our club.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Looking back at 2. Prague Patchwork Meeting

Exhibition was wonderful. You can see it on my pictures. I made some short videos too with my digital camera.



Green carpet for Afghanistan

Pictures from 1. Prague Patchwork Meeting

2. Prague Patchwork Meeting

Short video I made on 2. Prague Patchwork Meeting.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Green carpet for Afghanistan

I have seen this project on 2. Prague Patchwork Meeting and I want to participate. Actually I made already something for this project.
More about it project could be found on this web.
Look at some pictures of green carpet, some other pictures from 2.Prague Patchwork Meeting and some short videos.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Lace pattern

Lace pattern
Originally uploaded by imichalova1
This is pattern I use to knit pullover from beige yarn cotton/wool for my sister. It is plastic and looks very nice.
Chart for knitting available on my web:

Monday, March 31, 2008

Pink flowers

Pink flowers
Originally uploaded by imichalova1
Crocheted motifs. They will be part of bag made in free form crocheting together with navy and white colour.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Knitting on really big needles :-)

Monday, March 17, 2008

More knit stitches on my website

Today I put three more stitches with charts to one of my websites.

Invitation to Prague Patchwork Meeting 5.-6.april 2008

Great exhibition with some workshops and other actions designed for foreign visitors. Oficial website:

I wish to meet some international friends there.

You can see some pictures from last year on my gallery.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Easter egg with cap and shawl

Easter is soon, so I am sending here picture of my older funny eggs.

Friday, March 07, 2008

New web on knit stitches

I love to try new knit stitches and sometimes make a lot of them to find perfect stitch for specific yarn. Now I want to share some stitches with other kniters. I hope my new web will be useful. Any opinion or criticism is welcome. Please come and visit my web: .

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Quarterfoil in cross stitch

Quarterfoil in cross stitch
Originally uploaded by imichalova1
chart available here:

Friday, February 29, 2008

Make your own cross stitch design

I found great web for cross stitching: PictureCraftWork. Place where you can make your own design from your photo.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Blog on cross stitching

I found great blog on cross stitch. A lot of pictures, charts, mostly in nice combination of red and white. List of freebies is here.
Some of those designs could be used for knitting too.
Btw. blog is written in French, but I donot think, that we need to understand language for this type of embroidery.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

New website on cross stitching

Several days ago I made new web. Designs for cross stitch embroidery. I like to play with colours on grid paper or excel sheet and some of my ideas you can see on my new website Free cross stitch pattern

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Crocheted heart - instruction

If you want/need pattern for crocheted heart, please look here.

Egyptian knitting and crocheting

I love to browse internet and to look what knit, sew, crochet... people in other parts of earth.
REcently I found interesting web of group of Egyptian designers with knitted and crocheted things. You can buy them or you can only browse and admire creativity of designers.

Cross stitched patchwork

Cross stitched patchwork
Originally uploaded by imichalova1
Patchwork design converted to embroidery.
Chart for embroidery you can find here:

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Tif January - detail

Tif January - detail
Originally uploaded by imichalova1
Finaly I took picture of TIF January.
Colours are not precisely same as on Sharon´s colour scheme, because I wanted to use silk and I didnot found exact colours in my fabrics. Lines are created by knitting yarn sewn on fabric with machine.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Carneval inspiration

I just found this article in my reader:
I think you must be pretty good in sewing to make something like this :-)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I am at Ravelry

I joined Ravelry several days ago and I am happy there. So many wonderful projects and a lot of pictures.
It has only one disadvantage: you can spend hours admiring projects in Ravelry, while your own projects lie in box or bag untouched.
You can put your unfinished projects and show your progress.
It has connection to your blog on, what you write here, it will appear in ravelry.
You can make friends from all world.
You can put to favourites inspirational pictures of other crafters.
I am sure, that there is a lot of more great features, I look forward to diccover them.

BTW. my nick is rupr, if you want to meet me.