Nero's Post II (2013-2015)

by Teje Karjalainen


Dogs Wool for Needle Felting

Hey, Hanna here! We are felting! Have you ever tried? This is so much fun and easy and quick! And we are helping with Nero … with our wool! Look how Dog’s Wool looks with needle felting …

needle felting with dog's wool

Sorry to show you old photo, but we didn’t finish yet our new Christmas balls. Hearts are fun, too …

needle felted heart

White is Nero’s wool and red from lamb. Like to see how we do it? We start with nice bowl of wool …

Dog's Wool

Now it’s getting colder but last weekend we did all this outside in the sun. We gathered our tools on the tray …

needle felting

We need special needles for needle felting (they have hooks), some base (these styrox shapes are great) and wool – that’s all!

needle felting with dog's wool

Bad photo, but you get the idea how to just put some wool on the ball and start ‘ticking’ with the needle. Be careful with your fingers or your legs if you do it on your lap!

Hanna is felting

You can ‘tick’ = needle felt as much you like. Dog’s wool (depenging of the dog of course) has also longer hairs. If you felt less, your work will by more hairy. If you like it more ‘flat’, felt more. Lamb’s wool gives more flat result.

Dog's Wool Heart

Here also the heart is made with Nero’s wool. You can see spots from the needle. When you have finished the needle felting, scratch gently the surface with the needle (to ‘cover’ the holes).

needle felting wreath

Wreath is also beautiful with dog’s wool. I have made some and decorated them with red wooden beads and red yarn, or natural wooden beads with metal thread. Unfortunately couldn’t find any photo (I’m lost with my millions of photos!).

Dog's Wool

Nero was willing to help us (to get him more doggy goodies). So if you for some curious reason would like to needle felt with dog’s – and especially with Nero’s – wool, Nero is making little bag’s for our ETSY SHOP TEJESARITA . Let him know, if you have any wishes about the colour or amount. We have also a little bit wool in rainbow colours, if you like to make hearts or other details.

wool in rainbow colours

Remember that dog’s wool doesn’t felt with water – that would be a terrible! I have used Nero’s wool for some ‘art’ felting so that I started with lamb’s wool and then added dog’s wool over it and for details.

Dog’s wook is also suitable for spinning. I know that some people use it alone, but I think most often it’s mixed with lamb wool.

Dog’s wool is as warm as camel’s wool and it’s used also for people with rheumatism etc.

Jumper with dog's wool

This is my treasury pullover! I have knitted this 101 years ago but it’s still like new – except the Vintage Model! My mother used to collect wool from our dogs and then made it spinned to yarn. This wool was from an Afghan and mixed with white lamb’s wool.

needle felting with dog's wool

Have you tried needle felting or any felting? What about dog’s wool? When I brush my puppies, I usually keep the wool, because it is beautiful and special. Socks with {dog’s wool yarn} would be so perfect for cold winter feet!

Even this post was only about wool, I am sewing and picked few great links again! There are many things I want to sew for Christmas!

Debbie from ‘A Quilter’s Table’ wrote lovely post with links about seasonal and not only tutorials!

Sew Mama Sew posted about last minute gift ideas!

I’m linking at ‘Creative Friday’ – Linda’s blog ‘Natural Suburbia’ and ‘Fiber Arts Friday’ – Andrea’s blog ‘Wonder Why Alpaca Farm’!

Now we wish you wonderful weekend! Thank you for reading and writing your always sweet comments!


PS. Only few days till Nero’s surprise! He is now looking for a basket …



Favourite Quilt and Fantastic video!

Hi! I’m happy to see you so soon again! So much is happening these days and list of the things to post gets longer. Molly Flanders had a great idea to show our favourite quilts! I love Molly’s works with lovely hand quilting! Of course I had to pick my favourite … in fact I didn’t need to think much which is my favourite quilt …

Orange Stones quilt

This is the one of my quilts I never get tired of watching. If I put it in the store, I miss it and so it’s all the time on the wooden fence in my sewing attic. I can see it when I’m working and also from down stairs. Colours mix beautifully with the stones and wood in our home and the white gives the freshnes and light. Do you see little Foxy in the up left corner with her white pullover?

orange stones hexagon quilt

When I made this quilt, I had just crochet some stones and thought those big hexagons look like stones. Quilt found name: ‘Orange Stones’. I love these sunny fabrics by Joel Dewberry. Read Nero’s post about this quilt with all the details.

I made this quilt quickly in one week to join the Blogger’s Quilt Festival and I learnt to make easy hexagons from Julie. Her wonderful blog is ‘Jaybird Quilts’ and hexagon tutorials are here.

hexagon quilt

These colours goes well with Cretan nature and I think this is great time to take you for an unforgetable tour around Crete – my home island! This video is about 6 min. and worth of every second! Please listen the story – it’s  fun, clever, touching.


By the way … we have today +30 C and warm wind … just when I was hoping to find my jeans from the store … so it’s summer dress day again and I guess I jump to the pool!

Orange Stones quilt

I’m linking my favourite quilt ‘Orange Stones’ at Molly’s link party.

As said these last days lots of things has happend in and out of ‘Nero’s Post and Patch’ and we continue tomorrow with Nero’s 9th Birthday! We have got many new friends and followers! I want to welcome all the new followers and thank you so much! Also a huge thank you for our regular readers who take the time to write sweet and engouraging messages!

Now let’s go to see other quilter’s favourites! There is a long list to see beautiful quilts! Funny thing is that often it’s not the quilt that was most challenging or took much time to make.

Sunny wishes! Look the Cretan link – it’s good!



‘Summer Wine’ season by hand

Hello! There has been wonderful series of post ‘A Season by Hand’ at Clover and Violet! Many talented sewers has shared their hand made projects, ideas and inspiration! I would like to enter with my ‘Summer Wine’ quilt.

Summer Wine quilt

This was the first time I pieced the blocks by hand. I thought that I would sew these tiny pieces all the summer but I got hooked and now the quilt is ready.

A little bit about the process with photos …


english paper piecing

 paper piecing

paper pieced octagons

mini quilt

hand quilting

Summer Wine mini quilt

paper pieced mini quilt


Name: ‘Summer Wine’

Size: 24″ x 24″

Technique: paper pieced octagons and squares

Quilting: by hand with cotton thread n:o 6

Binding: sewn by machine

paper piecing

“Cheers”! ‘Kippis”! “Γεια μας”!

I’m linking at ‘A Season by Hand’, ‘Hexie Friday’

Thank you for your visit! Have a lovely summer week!



My worst ever pillow project?

… I just wanted to have little fun and make a pillow …


… how it ended up to my worst ever pillow project? Everything began in this Sunday morning. It was soooooo hot like ΨΨΨΨΨΨΨΨΨ degrees and %%%%%%% humidity. What to do? Perfect time to have a small (?0 fun project after working so much with the Forest QAL.

Pillow! Long time I wanted to make a pillow. Happy and full of energy I climed up to my attic and started to pick fabrics for the good idea I had already in my mind …

great block

Great block! But SO WRONG from the beginning … I ripped them all one by one away …

polaroid and plus block

My great idea was to use the favourite polaroid block, which I got from Debbie and plus blocks …

plus blocks

‘Polaroid Plus’ – great name or what? but it just didn’t work … I started to be frustrated … do I waste this one free day for nothing? Sniiif – plus has to go …


Looks much better, sunny and fun but those precious beach houses some how disappear. More white around and total change …

log cabin

I was really happy with this! But, still … I don’t know … not what I want … colours were perfect but the prints didn’t fit with beach houses … my opinion.  Till now I have ripped at least three fabric choises from the polaroid block.

Then I had coffee brake and remembered this fabric with circles and flowers (one of my most favourites – I hope Cindy have still some).

patchwork pillow

New try … now this looks perfect for me, but remember I was sweating outside-inside, feeling VERY frustrated, day is ending, Nero is waiting to get bath and I don’t have even the front piece for my pillow! So here we go once again …

patchwork pillow

I show you all, almost (they are not all, because I didn’t remember to take photo every time I changed something) the possibilities, so that you can imagine how much ””’fun”” (?) I had. I didn’t sew all the choises – some photos show just how I was testing with fabric pieces.

And this is what I ended up (?) …

patchwork pillow

Now I feel how on earth I decided something like this. Anyway it’s going to change quite much with the quilting and when it’s on the pillow, isn’t it? Someone else seems to think also: oh no what you have been doing all day …

grass hopper

But you know, I have a perfect idea for the backing to save this pillow … I think …

You leave always so sweet and engouraging comments that I almost feel I should ask this time not to leave a comment because I know you are so nice and say only lovely things and I’m not sure if this time I can believe you but if you still feel you like to tell me something I would love to hear in which photo you would have stopped.

I hope you had fun seeing my desperate pillow project – then my day didn’t go for waste!

One of the fantastic new blogs I have found lately is ‘627 handworks’! Sweet and friendly Julie is hosting a linky party ‘Thursday Threads’ and she’s working with something very exiting coming soon!



‘SUMMER WINE’ mini quilt

Hi everyone! My favourite song ‘Summer Wine’ … quilted and finished!

summer wine on quilt

This small quilt started as a summer project. I was thinking to have it with me and stitch now and then when having free moments. But what happened … I got so hooked that it became almost the main project and I finished the top much quicker than I expected. Few posts about the process are HERE  and HERE.

vine grapes and quilts

Octagons are paper pieced and little squares I have sewn without paper. I just folded the edges. Look THIS POST to see how I made them. Quilting was a big question and finally I made circles.

paper pieced octagons

Quilting is made with natural white cotton. It doesn’t show very much but this time I didn’t like to add more colours with quilting but to leave the octagons in a main role.

'Summer Wine' quilt

Binding took long time … first I couldn’t decide what fabric to use and then my sewing table was all the time filled with foundation pieced animals.

quilts and barrels


Name: ‘Summer Wine’

Size: 24″ x 24″

Technique: paper pieced octagons and squares, pieced and quilted by hand

Paper piecing info and lots of links on my page ‘Paper Piecing’.

mini quilt

I had imagined to present this quilt with lovely, cool glass of white wine … but as it took so much time to finish … I have drink the wine. Luckily found some grapes from the garden and vine leaves which would be delicious stuffed with hearbs and rice.

quilt and grapes

This little quilt is going to gladden me on my garden table … stitching with a glass of wine … what else a quilter can wish!

pink flowers

I’m linking with my favourite linky parties: ‘Fabric Tuesday’, ‘Linky Tuesday’, ‘Made by me Wednesday’, ‘Really Random Thursday’, ‘Thursday Threads’, ‘Needle and thread Thursday’

mini quilt with octagons

Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments! I’m sorry that I have wrote so many comments lately – this isa  busy time; I try to visit you as much as possible, but often there is now time or energy enough to write something. You are in my thoughts and I’m looking forward the coming autumn to start new projects and challenge with you!

I hope you have strawberry taste summer, golden sunshine, favourite music and delicious wine in your glass!




Hi Dear friends! It’s hot hot hot here … and too hot to use our new quilts, time to take our summer quilts from the store. But you haven’t seen yet the second quilt I made with men’s shirts. Here it is: ‘Swirls’!

quilt with men's shirts

This is the second quilt I made with hb’s shirts. First I made ‘Stars’ for him and now my ‘Swirls’ is finished, too.  We have already used these for a while, when having our afternoon nap. Also they cover our bed during the day, when I often find Nero or/and Hanna having a nap there.

quilts from men's shirts

Both quilts are quilted by hand and I’m still thinking if I could/should add more stitiching on them. I stitched one smaller hexagon on one swirl but I’m not sure if it looks good.

hand quilting

I like the colours and patterns but now I’m so happy to make again something more creative, with smaller pieces and happier colours. I have begun to quilt the ‘Summer Wine’ but I try to make it slowly in the moments that I can’t do something else.

'Swirls' men's shirt quilt

Weekend has been busy by visiting the ‘Blogger’s Quilt Festival’. I have seen so many amazing quilts and found lots of inspiration. I have made pin board for my favourites in Pinterest and I shall add there more, when I have time to see more quilts.

Perhaps you have noticed that I have managed to make SOCIAL BUTTONS to my sidelist. That was a one day lesson and work, but I’m really happy I made it – it was time to learn something. If you don’t know what social buttons are, they are easy way to go ‘some where’, for example clicking the ‘b’ takes you to bloglovin where you can follow my posts,’ P’ takes you to my Pinterest site, ‘E’ to my etsy shop, ‘little bird’ to my Twitter and the ‘button’ to Flickr.

I’m linking at these parties: ‘Fabric Tuesday’, ‘Linky Tuesday’ ‘Sew Cute Tuesday’.

quilt in nature

Yesterday evening I continued Forest QAL project – it was very hot in my sewing attic and I’m worried that soon I can’t stay there … then what?! Deer is ready so you’ll see it soon and now I’m working with something green. Oh how I wish I could go to continue that but it has to wait till the evening.

Swirls men's shirt quilt

Also I wish that I could be on the beach …

Thank you for stopping by and thank you for all your most sweet comments! Have a wonderful week and see you soon!

PM. You can find tutorial for this block from Jaybird Quilts HERE. Look her other great tutorials too! 



My Moomin, Myy and quilting

Hi! Good week to everyone! Sunday was wonderful, relaxing day! I spent most of it outside with the ‘Swings’ quilt. Monday I was busy working in ‘Maherida’ and here we are already in Tuesday evening. Yesterday I found something special from my mail box so this became a Moomin post!


Sunday I started to quilt and today I have almost finished the quilting and hope to make soon the binding.


On sunday, after the breakfast I emptied the outside table and lied there first the backing fabric and tighted it with clips. Then add the wadding and the quilt top … with help of tea spoon I catched the safety pins …


… and then started to stitch!


This quilt has been a small nightmere … corners don’t match, I sew blocks two ways, fabrics were just enough … and I thought this is a piece of cake. But I do like this pattern (or as it should be)!


When I sit on our patio I see the landing air planes. They don’t make much noise so they don’t bother us and I love to imagine the stories behind the people who are coming … remembering often how I was once there coming to Crete for the first time …


Who knows if it was exactly this plane, where one little girl with red hair, was sitting and waiting to meet me …


She is Miss Myy and she came from far away Finland! She is very persistent as we Finnish women (I was told) and if she doesn’t like you, she may bite your ankle! I’m happy to say that she is not a tourist but is going to stay with me and remind me to be persistent!


Little Miss Myy came from Mia’s shop and she brought with her something really really sweet … Moomin pouch and Moomin keyring/bag charm! They have so lovely sky blue colour!


I have wanted long time something from Mia and something with Moomins and now I have = happy happy!!! Many of my blog friends know already Mia who is from Finland! But if you don’t, have a visit to her blog ‘Handmade by Mia’ which is wonderful mix of her beautiful, mostly felted crafts and little stories around her life in Finland! Mia is selling her sweet and unique cratfs all over the world till far away Japan!


There are also Moomins inside in yellow! Thank you Mia, I’m so happy to have these and this little Miss Myy is going to be my engouraging company every day! You didn’t know that when I was a little girl, I hade long and very red hair like Miss Myy’s!


Miss Myy was super cute surprise as well as the Snoopy letter! Do you write ‘normal’ hand written letters? I don’t but I should – it’s really fantastic to find a letter in your mail box … and especially with so beautiful paper! As I’m looking this photo, I got funny thought … it’s like Miss Myy is standing on a quilt with pillow! I guess I let her sleep first nights in a strange country on her own Moomin matress and hug her Moomin pillow!

If you like to read more about Moomins and Tove Jansson – lady who created Moomins, here are some links:

Moomin, Moomin Valley, Tove Jansson, Tove Jansson in wikipedia. There are lots of beautiful illustrations and interesting things to see and read!


And in the daytime she can fancy my violas, while I’m working in the garden. Violas are one of my favourite flowers! There is always also someone else watching me in the garden …


Nelli enjoyes wathcing what happens and what we are doing around. She used to be very scared but now she is always some where near taking care of everything what happens in her garden!

I wish you Happy First of May and hope you have wonderful spring weather for this celebration! We are here getting ready for the Easter which is this weekend. I guess we’ll celebrate and have fun with few friends! Thank you for stopping by and thank you for your always sweet comments!