Thursday, November 23, 2017

Buttonhole stitch books

Two small books are ready. The buttonhole stitch is the main stitch but used in different ways. 
These booklets are made just to try to expand my understanding of the stitch and push the envelope in the use of this stitch. 

Enjoy yourself


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A surprise visit

A discussion reminded me of my plates and that there was one plate I hadn't made yet. Last September this piece and when it was finished I thought about using the leg technique on a plate.

And so I started immediately to make that plate, love bullion knot projects. But after the third bullion knot I realized that it wouldn't work in the same way. Now I could have discarded the little project or restart and make the bullion knots even larger. These are 60 wraps long.

Instead I fastened the third one on the plate and restarted the next one. The result you can see in the pictures, I am totally happy with it. The plate looks very different than planned, still I love this border. 

And so it became a succesful revisit of my paper plate project.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A little diversion

Lavender was on my mind when I dyed some cotton with an elderberry dye. I don't dye that often but being out and about collecting elderberry while walking on my favorite paths here on my isle felt very satisfying. And I love the different shades that came out of the process.

Decided to use some of the dyed fabric to make lavender sachets. Not that special but it is lovely to make something that simple and useful.

Five pieces are now making my clothes smell like ... lavender! :-)

Enjoy your week.


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Barking mad

The title of this post makes me smile as does my latest book. Yes, another book and this time with pieces of bark that I collected during the summer. For years trees and their texture have been a wonderful subject to photograph. It isn't the first time that I use wood and so in this year of Making an artist book I felt that it would be an interesting challenge to make a Bark book.

The piece of bark on the cover is a small one. I drew the contour of the piece and pinpricked the shape a little bit smaller so the bark will stay under the paper. The sides of the paper are also pinpricked, just to add that little bit extra texture. 

This piece is a lot bigger and also thicker but it works fine this way.

This is a long thin strip of bark which didn't give any problem whatsoever while being sewed in.

This is a large piece with lots and lots of texture, in other words a yummy page. :-)

This is the thickest piece of them all and ofcourse I chose the thinnest part to sew it in. All in all it didn't give me much problems to which surprised me. Each signature with bark is sewed together with Kettle stitch and this was the new element for me since I never did a bookbinding stitch before. 

I love my new book, it has great textures and it gives me new opportunities. 

Enjoy your thursday!


Monday, October 30, 2017

My new relationship

Last week I told you about my experiment with new thread. Today I can show you how that continued. In the picture above you see needle-weaving, needle-lace and french knots all laid down on paper.

On another piece of paper a snoregaffel (lucet) cord is couched down, in the middle you see the Vandyke stitch and last but not least is the herringbone stitch.

One last picture in which you can see the five different ovals. The two that I didn't mention are one in bullion loops and another snoregaffel (lucet) cord couched down in a different way.

It is very satisfying to work with new materials, simply love the challenge .. :-)

Enjoy your week!


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Back home again

A new post for my creative archive after a week of spending time in the Netherlands. I was totally ready to come home again and since there was lots of laundry I had lots of time to swing my needle,  my main chore was being done by machines. 
In the previous post this new thread was introduced and I'm still over the moon with it. 
While doing the bullion knots and trying to figure out the best way to do this I thought; starting to embroider with a new kinda thread, wool no less, is like starting a new relationship. One, me in this case, need to find out what are the possibilities, what are the pros and cons and do I want to make the effort to get to know my new thread. Questions that can also be asked when a new person enters your life too. For me these little thoughts are funny and add to a feeling of being happy and content. 

Enjoy yourself!


Saturday, October 14, 2017

So excited!

In my previous post I already told you that I returned to my old love, helleristninger. I have hundreds of pictures made while visiting places where they are still visible but also photographs of books. I just love to look at these drawings in stone.

This photograph was found in a book from P.V. Glob, Helleristninger i Danmark. Since I am so taken by this stone I decided to take some elements from it and use them in a different way. 

This was my start and I only took one detail and with the use of the template I made I could paint and prick these. But what could I do more with it? While thinking about it I remembered a card I bought last summer. This card was the cover of a magazine and was painted by Karin Larsson. 

The attraction is the layering in the card and so that was what I wanted to try. The work I made so far had a female feel to it and I wanted to keep that. There aren't many helleristninger with women but I saw one in Tanum.

Made another template that was inspired by the first picture, the card and the picture above. 

I really like the result although I wished I had put the yellow drawing a little bit lower. My mind started asking what about stitching? Didn't want to use embroidery floss since that has always a bit shine to it and blomstergard is very thin. Time to go shopping. 

Came home with these two beauties which normally are used for crochet or knitting. The woman behind the desk was more than surprised when I said I wanted to embroider with it. The blue one is wool with cotton blend, the green one wool with silk. But I simply had to give it a try because I loved these colours. And I was planning a small sample but .... 

I found a long strip of paper and so the sample became a bit bigger. As you can see it is possible to make bullion knots with a wool blend on paper. The blue one gave no problems whatsoever, the green thread broke a few times but not that often that it became a hassle. The green bullion knots are not so defined as the blue ones due to the silk snippets that are in the thread. And probably needless to say but I will say it anyway: I love it!

There are still loads of possibilities swirling around and so it is time to get back to work and enjoy myself big time. Btw, did you find the two elements I used from the first photograph in the stitched sample?

Time to wish you a wonderful and most of all a creative weekend.