Monday, April 13, 2015

An experiment

During Easter I found a small lightbox at a thriftshop and I'm over the moon with it. Transfering on to cloth has become so much easier.


In this experiment I used a permanent marker and a marker which disappears when the cloth becomes wet.

It really makes a lot of difference working with a lightbox because now I can make the design first on paper with pencil. When I'm happy with the result I use a black fine-liner to finish it. Then it is time to put the design on the lightbox, a piece of fabric on top and doodle happy on cloth.


It feels like a new door with enormous potential has opened itself and I'm totally looking forward to using this tool a lot.

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

Elizabeth



Thursday, April 9, 2015

Thriftshop


Today I stopped by our local thriftshop and found a number of gems.  Some old blue and white embroidery, I like especially the blue line with the dots.


Found lots of scraps as you can see in the collage. Washed them and put them outside to dry.


Found this runner beautiful embroidered with leafs. Now I only have to come up with a project that involves leafs and needs a border which measures a meter because no way I'm gonna cut this beauty up.


Besides the scraps I also found a larger piece of Laura Ashley cotton. It has some stains but that doesn't bother me since it will be cut up anyway.


Also tried some pens in the hope to find one that wouldn't mind to be used on cloth, washed and ironed. Unfortunately only two black pens measured up and therefore a stop had to be made at the bookshop and now I'm the proud own of a permanent pen which is gonna give me thin blue lines.

Now I better start using all of this.

Have a grand day and thank you for stopping by.

Elizabeth


Vintage embroidery book


Found another old embroidery book in the vaults of the Danish library. This one is from Eivor Fisher and was first published in 1952.


Not only gives it instructions on a number of stitches and examples. It also contains a number of drawings which one can copy. 

Wouldn't mind to have this gem added to my bookcollection.


This book is written in Swedish but it is also translated in English in 1953.

Hope you will come across it one day and that you will take a peak inside.

Elizabeth

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Pleating mania coming to an end


This morning I finished my pleating cloth with a pleating button ofcourse.  It is something different than I usually make on the other hand there is still a lot of symbolism in it. All the cloth that is used is vintage except for the pale blue, very open woven diaper. It measures 45 x 70 cm.

To give the blue diaper rows a bit of body I backed them first with an old cotton cloth which I used to wipe clean the faces of my boys in the years gone by. The backing is made of flannel which was also used when my boys were little. The pleating and the running stitch are  standing for the high and lows of motherhood while the cross stitch is there as a reminder of all the decisions that needed to be made. Like standing on crossroads and the need to decided which way to go. 



And ofcourse there had to be a button on it because it is all about memories. In the collage you can see how I made it. At the back I first stitched a row of buttonhole stitch on both sides and than buttonhole laced them together to close the fabric around a flat plastic rectangle. It measures 10 x 11 cm. Most buttons have 4 holes and I mimicked this by fastening it with a knot in four places, the four directions of the wind.

And so this project has come to a close. I enjoyed working on it and I'm happy with the result.

Have a wonderful spring day filled with sunshine but most of all enjoy working on your own projects and thanks for stopping by.

Elizabeth

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Doodly Do


At Fast Company they also like to Doodly Do and without a doubt I will come across more articles or video's which I will add later.

This post was about doodling as a reminder and encouragement to keep doing it.

Have a lovely day and hopefully some moments of doodling.

Elizabeth


Monday, March 23, 2015

Monday's music


Have a happy, sunny monday!

Elizabeth

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A new disorder

 

Unfortunately I have to report that I got myself a new disorder, it is called pleating mania. It started with a chainstitch but fairly soon I switched to a little cross stitch and now I embroider little cross stitches until my need is satisfied. Made already a number of panels and slowly the realization has sunken in that I have to do something with them.


To add a bit of texture and variation I opted for a baby blue cotton diaper. A new one, don't worry and now I run my stitches along. The idea is to stitch the panels together, well it is an idea, so let's see what happens.

Besides swinging my needle I'm also very busy to get the garden back in shape after this stormy winter. You won't believe the amount of debris that landed here, oh well it keeps me busy and off the street which means I won't run into any problems any time soon.

Hope you'll have a lovely start of your spring too.

Elizabeth