Friday, October 29, 2010

Changing the landscape VII

The last helleristning textile painting of this week is dedicated to the elk. For me the elk is just as much the symbol of the Vikings as the helleristninger long boats. The meaning of the elk for me is self-confidence because the vikings must have felt very confident when they started travelling all over the world in their boats. 

Thank you all for stopping by this week and listening to my interpretation of these ancient rock carvings. 

Have a fantastic weekend.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Changing the landscape VI

The textile painting of today has a celtic influence. I found a very interesting documentary on the history of Ireland, a country that was attacked by the vikings more than once.

Enjoy your day.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Changing the landscape V

Time to continue the path of Changing the landscape. Vikings are known for their violence. But the vikings were excellent sailors, craftmen and woman and they often started trading posts in the country they attacked. The Viking age came to an end simply because the men and women more and more integrated in the countries they lived in. 

The textile painting of today is a helleristning, rock carving, of a symbol which I interpret as a compass.

Have a lovely day and may your compass sent you in the direction you need to go.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

A walk in the forest

Hope you having a great start of your fall-season.


Friday, October 15, 2010

Changing the landscape IV

The latest piece of my Changing the landscape series in purple with helleristninger. The picture is taken outside because we had such beautiful weather. The link of today takes you to Ihanna's place. It is an old post but the pictures are so beautiful and remind me of my visit to the Viking market.

Next week I won't be here at Landanna but soon enough I will be back with new embroideries and stones ofcourse. Remember you can still enter for the Christmas swap


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Another basket, another pattern, another stone

Today I have an another basket filled with three crocheted stones for you. Together with these stones, my needle and yarn I learned some new techniques.

Normally I only show you the front since that is the main feature but today I also photographed the back. The back is sometimes more challenging because one really has to follow the curves of the stone to make things work. That is giving a challenge from time to time. Like the one in the middle. I wanted to do the front like it is but than I had to find a stone and make it work. Well this is what I came up with and just solving these little problems make it all worth it.

Hope you are having a wonderful day in which you enjoy solving your own creative challenges.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Embroidery exhibition

In the local library a small embroidery exhibition is organized.

Four ladies contributed to this exhibition, Lydia Stefansen, Jytte Pedersen, Hella Iversen and Benedikte Dohn.

Totally different materials and several techniques are used. That is what it makes interesting and gives everybody to see something different and learn something new. Hope you enjoy the effort these ladies made.

Have a lovely day.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Changing the landscape III


Today I want to show you the third piece of the purple series of Changing the landscape. Slowly my needle is moving with more confidence which feels wonderful. The boat-helleristninger are probably the most well-known Scandanavian helleristninger. The link I have for you today is a small video of a collection of helleristninger on Bornholm. Bornholm is a Danish island. 

Have a day filled with travels.


Monday, October 11, 2010

Lucky girl again!!!!

A little over a week ago I already told you that I won the give-away at Amelia's place. Now for me that was the sign to be on the look out for our bare legged mailman again. Finally he arrived and he had a BIG envelope with him. Amelia has been very generous as you can see in the picture above. That leaves me to say THANK YOU Amelia and to wish you the perfect start of your week too.


Friday, October 8, 2010

Changing the landscape II

Today I have another textile painting for you in my serie Changing the landscape. The title Changing the landscape is referring to the change the Vikings brought to the West with their first attack on Lindisfarne. And although Vikings are very well-known because of their raids there is more than just their violence. I found a number of documentaries and this is one of them.

Have a fantastic weekend.


ps. You can still join in on he Christmas swap.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Crocheted stones


Another basket of crochet stones. Not as many this week since I started to embroider again on the series Changed the landscape too. The covered stones add a totally feeling to the collection because I worked with brighter colors and added a little bit of embroidery on one of them. The plan is to extend the collection further and explore but this week I leave a basket of happy stones on your front porch.

Enjoy your day.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Changing the landscape

This is the first post with the title Changing the landscape. A small embroidery piece of a helleristning on a knitted background. These boat carvings are made in rocks in the late Bronze age. They are found in Norway, Sweden and Danmark. If you like to read more about the Danish helleristninger you can click here. In the sidebar you see the word Hjortspring boat. That boat is found on my island and a small exhibition/workshop is just a few minutes away from were I live. Lucky me!!!!

Have a wonderful day.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Vikings & me

This 'love affair' between the vikings and me started many years ago. For years I have been visiting all kinds of burial grounds, museums, exhibitions and ofcourse done some reading. But since our last vacation in Norway and visiting the places with the helleristninger this affair is growing more and more intense. So when I saw this book I just felt a very big need to own it.

This book is recently published and written by Jan Messent. Over the years Jan Messent has written a number of books on embroidery but this one has a special place in my heart. As far as I know there is not a website or blog from Jan. If you happend to find it please let me know.

I am very happy with this book. It gives some historical insight, lots of pictures and some projects to do yourself. With all this inspiration in front of me I just want to work.

Have a lovely day.


Monday, October 4, 2010

Inspiration for holding your hook

Since my crochet-stones are so loved I thought to write a post about the inspiration I found on the net that helped me to start this part of my project Changing the landscape. The picture above is one piece of Joana Vasconcelos. When you enter her site you first have to choose a language and than the button work. The door to a whole new universe will be opened.

Deborah Valoma is a wonderful artist who shares my interest in textiles and history.

Margaret Oomen is very well-known for her crochet-stones and she lives in the blogosphere at the place called Resurrection fern.

Have a day filled with inspiration.


Friday, October 1, 2010

How lucky one can get!!!!

Two days I ago the mailman stopped by and gave me this beautiful card filled with love and best wishes from Zuzana together with a stone she had taken home from Sletterhage fyr. In the meantime I made 'a dress', as Zuzana calls it, from grey silk for the little gem. Sletterhage Fyr has a special place in my heart because it was on Helgen├Žs were my danish adventure started almost 25 years ago.

But that isn't alll. No. I also won the give-away at Amelia's place. So I know for a fact that another gift is on its way. Now how lucky can one get with such generous friends.

Thank you Zuzana and Amelia for your generosity and I did celebrate the occasion with this song.

Have a fantastic weekend.