77. Tour de Pologne

prawelewe logotype
Tour de Pologne logo

The whole idea for today’s post might seem odd to some of you.

In the world of spinners it is common to link the Tour de France event with challenging ourselves in our spinning endeavours during the Tour de Fleece event. The cyclists spin and the spinner spin- you get the idea.
There is a simple thought behind that concept, which might be brought down to one sentence: We set up goals for ourselves and challenge each other in achieving those goals within a certain time frame matching the schedule of whatever event we like to follow.

When I realised that it was already August, with the Tour de France and therefore the Tour de Fleece approaching, and that my prawelewe art studio was a mess, I needed to come up with a plan.

A bit of an inside story to explain why the whole fuss.
My relatively new flat has a space dedicated to my prawelewe art studio. Although most of the renovation works is done, my art corner looks like I would have moved in just a minute ago, with tons of boxes and bags of fleece, yarn, cords, cardboard, paints, textiles, tools, etc. squeezed on several square meters with my spinning wheel and the sewing machine on top of that pile! The artistic mess is good, provided I have access to everything I need.
Since I am planning to begin a new artistic project, it is just about time to prepare my working space. Therefore, I decided to set up a private challenge for myself to finally complete the organisation of all my art materials.

This awkward reality we are living in these days seems to require equally awkward activities to be undertaken so everything matches perfectly. That is why I like the idea that came to me several days ago, to have the Tour de Pologne become the first event for my private challenge, before the Tour de France becomes my annual spinning challenge.

Tour de Pologne is organised every year in Poland, and today begins the 77th edition of our national race. The main person behind the Tour de Pologne is Mr Czesław Lang, who is one of the most famous road racing cyclists in Poland and who has been directing the Tour de Pologne for the last 27 years! (an article in the Polish Wikipedia, and in the English Wikipedia).

This year, there are many teams from around the world participating in the event (the starting list) with our best mountain rider Rafał Majka (an article in the Polish Wikipedia, and in the English Wikipedia) and the world’s leading sprinter Pascal Ackermann to name just the two.

This year’s Tour de Pologne is very special because it is the first event in this field taking place in the pandemic era. As you can surely imagine, it is an extremely demanding task to organise, plan and run such an event with all the restrictions and expectations on the list.

I am going to follow the race and challenge myself with the five small challenges to make a fresh space for my new projects:

challenge 1
Wednesday, 5th August 2020
Tour de Pologne Stage 1
prawelewe art studio -> sewing textiles, ribbons, buttons and tools are organised into boxes, described and moved to the storage

challenge 2
Thursday, 6th August 2020
Tour de Pologne Stage 2
prawelewe art studio -> yarn and fibre stash is documented (photos, notes, labels), packed and moved to the storage

challenge 3
Friday, 7th August 2020
Tour de Pologne Stage 3
prawelewe art studio -> flowers are re-planted and the balcony is prepared for the fleece carding (wool picking is planned to take place on our terrace!)

challenge 4
Saturday, 8th August 2020
Tour de Pologne Stage 4
prawelewe art studio -> design descriptions, workshops notes and studio documents are organised, described and put into document folders

challenge 5
Sunday, 9th August 2020
Tour de Pologne Stage 5
prawelewe art studio -> art papers, materials and tools are organised in containers and moved to the storage

For those interested in the Tour de Pologne topic see more at the event main website.

Such a unique Easter

2020 Easter card

2020 begun as usual for most of us. Who would have thought that the whole world would make such a turn only three months later? We live now in a brand new reality, where people are physically far away from each other but at the same time seem to long for spiritual closeness more than ever before.

With spring knocking on the door and the wonderful Easter celebration period filling up our souls and thoughts, we remain separated from family members and friends, learning to build a very new kind of spiritual connection with those who are precious to us.

For many, it is an every-year challenge to slow down and ease our minds in preparation for the Easter Sunday in such a way that we purify ourselves truly. We rather focus on our homes and work… rarely being able to leave all those earthly matters behind and turn our sight into the right direction- to be calm, patient, positive and helpful, to be there for others, even strangers, without expecting to be paid back.

With all the restrictions and limitations spread above our heads these days, it is uneasy for many of us to find our way through the new reality. We are used to a certain day routine, with which we feel stable and strong. Some of us might feel stress and even fear now, when there is a need to act quite differently, in a way we are not familiar with. Making a decision about stepping out of the comfort zone, to use the so-popular phrase, is not the same as being forced to deal with the whole world turned upside down literally within a week.

Whether one likes it or not, we have become invited to take a very close look into the way we live our lives, the way we build our relationships and the way we approach people around us. Not only we look at how others could be useful to us but also how we could be useful to others.

It is so simple to see now that everything (good or bad) can happen to every one of us; there are situations we are able to shape easily and there are those, which we have only little influence on. Today you have something, tomorrow you might loose it. Today you are the one who gives money to a person on the street, tomorrow you might be the person who asks for support. Until something bad happens far away from us, we tend to think it is non existent. Only when a gunshot deafens us, we realise that guns do exist and are actually widely used. The past several weeks of watching the news from all over the world and sharing information with family members and friends who live in different parts of the globe reminded me that we are so dependent on each other. If we do not grow together, we fall apart.

This global situation… what an extraordinary way to make us humble!

Easter is the time when we remind ourselves that eventually good wins over bad, that there is no beginning without the end and that if something ends, the new is just about to come. I hope you all remember about that soothing truth.

Only good should come out of this whole situation we are struggling with now. We will survive this transition period to become stronger and better human beings. That is for sure.

Stay healthy and safe, and remember to help each other.

~ Cathliin

Święta Bożego Narodzenia = Christmas

Let this Christmas bring peace to your hearts, so everything that is bad stays behind and what is good comes close to your heart every day for the next year.

Let this Christmas time be pure, with supportive friends and family members whose arms are always there for you to lean on when you need it.

Let this Christmas give you faith and strength, hope and joy, love and power, all to make good things come to life.

Christmas wishes 2019

With all the best to you from me

~ Cathliin

Polish Kindness Day again

Kindness Heart by Cathliin
Kindness Heart (pattern by Cathliin)

And here it is- the Kindness Day in Poland. It is nothing special, I know. I am even not sure if there are those fun events related to the Kindness Day still organized in my home town- Wrocław these days. I remember exhibitions, concerts, various art events, and a lot of people having good time together. It would be a pity if those times were gone.

It does not really matter that much, though because I always smile when I see that small square frame that reads 21 November on my favourite calendar designed and produced by my favourite Wrocław-based graphic artist, Andrzej Tylkowski. Every year I buy a new edition of his calendar (and other materials such as post cards or wrapping papers) and hang on my purely white wall in my apartment, and I love not only the graphics there but the memories those graphics bring to me. I smile. Always.

On a side note, isn’t it the most valuable gift for an artist, to know that his/her works make other people smile (really smile, with their eyes)? What an amazing phenomenon!

Anyways, I kept my calendars from previous years hoping I would find a purpose for them some day. And I finally did.

The story is a bit too long for this one post so I will cut it short- I am back to bookbinding. Years ago, I used to practice bookbinding when I lived in the U.S. and I somewhat forgot about that throughout the years to follow. Now it is all back. It was such an energy-giving refreshment of this technique, that I wanted the first (after the break) project to be special. My first thought was to make a notebook for my notes about …. bookbinding projects. If you saw my studio space and me in my crafts world, you would know what I am just about to write. The next step was to decide which bookbinding technique to try this time, which materials to use for the cover, should the book spine be covered or not, do I have enough linen thread, where is my thread wax, how come I do not have enough eyelets, where is my glue, what size should the signatures be? In other words, an artistic fever, which I adore with my whole self.

I dived into this project with yet one more idea- the cover has to have images from my favourite calendar. It is not a good paper because it is going to break and tear on the edges. But you know what, I do not care. I am going to use this notebook so I can smile every time I look at it. When it gets worn off, it would mean I like to use it often, which is good no matter what.

notebook for notes about bookbinding-related projects- smile-making cover

What I like about the Coptic stich binding, is that is resembles crochet stitches. With the variegated linen thread it looks even more interesting. And I like that the notebook opens flat so it is comfortable to write on both pages.

notebook for notes about bookbinding-related projects- coptic stitch

This is my small story for the good beginning of the new chapter on my blog. I hope that those of you who come here to read my posts or use the materials I share are doing fine. Welcome back again soon- I will do my best to work on updates to my website so it is more useful.

As a closing note, I would not be myself if I did not announce a promo event- my Kindness Heart pattern is free today so go ahead and download it with PolskaKD code at the checkout (valid until the end of 22nd November, Polish Time).

Once you do, please share photos of your Kindness Hearts in my prawelewe group on Ravely (via ‘share in the prawelewe group’ and in the Kindness Heart-dedicated thread. You can also post on Facebook using hashtags #CathliinKindnessHeart and #PolishKindnessDay so I could share your posts on the prawelewe FB profile.

With warm greets,


Christmas time

Christmas card 2018

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all of you who visit my prawelewe corner.
Radosnych Świąt Bożego Narodzenia i szczęśliwego nowego roku wszystkim, którzy odwiedzają mój zakątek prawelewe.

It is a very special time for me- mainly because of the Christmas celebration, which this year takes place in my new home with my relatives coming over to relax, enjoy their time and be happy guests.

As a host I got to prepare Christmas meals, which gave me a lot of joy and satisfaction, and it has been lovely family time. This period is special also because of many first timers in my life. The tall Christmas tree you can see in the photograph has been my dream for a long time…and it is finally here. I enjoyed buying and making new decorations- what a thrill! I got back to my long abandoned WIPs (and, can you believe it, I finished some of them just in time for Christmas), many non-fibre projects from my long ‘to do’ list have been finalized and almost everything is now ready in my new apartment (which was not that obvious when I look several days back). A lot of important decisions have been made, too. It has been quite a challenge to go though those last nearly 360 days but all those small and big sucesses sound like a very good year after all.

And from less serious topics, I tried to cook and bake several meals I had always wanted to try but never got around that. One of them were the Christmas cookies with a whole inside (you know, those that look like a flower). This year I was gifted new cookie cutters especially for such cookies and off I went! Some left overs were cut out in a small heart shapes and I had fun watching them dissapear.


Spending so much time with my close ones, discussing over difficult topics and silly topics, laughing and crying, working and relaxing has been an amazing experience. I finally found time for going through my moving boxes, photos, books, for decorating my appartment, listen to old records, organizing my projets notes. All those created space for new thoughts and plans, and I feel blessed realizing that the new is coming.

I hope everyone of you, people who visit this website from time to time and read what I share here, gets a chance to find at least a tiny reason for smile in your eye and happiness in your hearts this Christmas. Let your faith and hope carry you to the new year.

And for a goodbye, yet another silly picture I found while cleaning up one of so many folders in my archives:


With warm greetings,

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