Friday, July 7, 2017

Bullion knot journey


Last wednesday my blogpost was about bullion knots and a new project I started with these little knots. In this project called Ægishjálmur I combined the variation you see above together with two other ways of using this stitch. The funny thing is I can still remember how excited I was when I first made this one on a plate, a true eureka moment for me. 


As you probably know I really, really like helleristninger. The photograph above is taken in 2012 on Aspeberget in Bohuslän, Sweden and I used it to make a background design for the Ægishjálmur.


And this is my new piece of paperwork and I absolutely love it. I wished that the paper had been a bit bigger so I could make the legs a bit longer but that's the only thing I would change. Within a week I layed 328 bullion knots made with 50 wraps, as I wrote to a friend, I must be mad but I loved every minute of it. 

The whole process of making is photographed and that material has become a little video so you can see how the piece evolved.



I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I did stitching this project. Time to sign off for a few weeks and enjoy time with my family and hopefully a lot of sunshine.

Have a grand summer.

Elizabeth



Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A bullion knot journey


On the 10th of May 2015 I photographed my first series of bullion knots on paper, in this case a paper plate.  At that moment I followed a design class from Karen Ruane and I wanted to challenge myself. Still remember being oh so nervous to rip the paper but strangely enough it didn't. This fact was a huge encouragement to keep trying, it became one of the main features of my first exhibition with lots of plates with knots. 


After the exhibition it was time to create some new work. Didn't have a plan and so I decided to create a ledger or two simply to gather information and to find a new spark. The Outlander ledger and the ledger of inspiration came to live with me but I missed playing with the bullion knots. To remedy that the bullion knot ledger That's wrap was created. I thought this would be enough to satisfy my bullion-knot-neediness and a new project A shirt of memories was started. I'm still working on it and no worries this one will be finished but my love for doing bullion knots on paper needed another feed. 


Two weeks ago I got a new idea had to make a sample and I loved it. Which is ofcourse wonderful but not when you're working on a project that hasn't a lot of bullion knots. So last friday I simply had to make a start with a new bullion knot project. It is big. How big? well the paper is A3 and when finished it will be largely filled. 


Here you can see the result of my flying start of this weekend, 8 legs created with bullion knots folded into each other. Needless to say I am over the moon. Love this process, the wrapping and carefully laying down of each knot and the magic of something new appearing in front of me. 

So what's the lession learned? Just keep playing with your favorite stitch and some magic may happen. 

What is your favorite stitch and how do you challenge yourself with it? Would love to see or hear about your ideas.

Have a grand wednesday and remember; Enjoy your stitching!

Elizabeth





Monday, July 3, 2017

A shirt of memories IX


A suitcase packed so many times for all kinds of trips and travel destinations that it truly deserves a spot on this shirt. 


In March 2016 I got the chance to visit an exhibition with work of Sheila Hicks and I totally loved it, as you probably know when you're following this blog. Here you can see some of the pictures I took and here are some video's of her work. I hope it will inspire you too.

Have a great start of your week.

Elizabeth

Friday, June 30, 2017

A shirt of memories VIII


Almost 13 years ago I found out that my oldest son and I had coeliakie. A disease that requires a life-long special diet without the possibility to cheat. At the start it was a steep learning curve. Now it is just as normal as can be with the advantages and disadvantages it brings with it. 


This piece stands for the years I trained and was trainer in taekwondo. It learned me a lot and because of that I'm glad I spent my time there. One could say both memories are about perseverance.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Elizabeth


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Books


These four books are right beside my chair for the moments that need to be filled with something interesting to read or look at, to learn or be inspired by. I feel so lucky that the library provides such a huge collection of books in different languages just to be picked up. 

Hope you too find some interesting summer reading.

Elizabeth

Monday, June 26, 2017

New samples for my bullion knot ledger


A new idea popped into my head and I thought I'd give it a try. They are a new step for an idea that I already have for years but never thought I could make it. Slowly but surely it seems like I'm getting there after all. Happy days ...


Have a great start of your week.

Elizabeth

Friday, June 23, 2017

A shirt of memories VII



Today I have a collage of pictures for you since so many new parts of the shirt are ready. Will give you a quick walk through: L&J are the first letters of my boys names. The little car is a representation of the car I went with to Austria many, many years ago and til this day give me the giggles when I tell about the adventures it gave us. (Even writing this sentence makes me smile). 
The shoe is for all the hiking adventures and who can live without books? .. Not me. The deer ran me almost over when our dog Dikkie was chasing it. I lived on Helgenæs at the time and that was the first time I moved to Denmark. 
The moustache is for the kindest man who gave me a home when I didn't have one and I couldn't resist to make one for my nickname amoung my bloggyfriends, the little elephant. 

Have a wonderful weekend and I'll be back on monday again.

Elizabeth