Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Natural dyes


Some time ago I read a wonderful post at Gerdiary about coloring fabric with avocadopeels. The result was drop gorgeous and the explanation was easy enough or at least I thought so. Now I know almost nothing about this process but I read Cathy's posts about natural dyes last summer and wanted to try it.

So I bought mordant, soaked the fabric for 24 hours. Cooked the avocadopeels and the miracle work could happen. NOT. No matter how hard I tried over and over again. I got all kinds of colors and with some imagination and bad eyes you might discover a pinkish spot but that was it. Totally disappointed I gave up.

Than the other day I came across a post or a comment, can't remember, and that person wrote that you have to do it without mordant. So that is what I'm gonna try by the end of the week when all the avocado's are eaten again. In the meantime you can look at some fabric with an interesting colors.

Lets hope the next babystep is gonna work out.

Have a good time with your babysteps.

xoxo Elizabeth

Monday, August 30, 2010

Creativity in the kitchen


A friend of mine has a surplus of plums this year and as you can see I am the lucky one to receive some of these yummy goodies.



For most recipies the stones of the plums need to be taken out. This takes up some time but it is a good thing because sometimes the outside looks great but the inside isn't of the same quality.



Luckily a friend stopped by.


And this is the result, one jar of sweet/sour plums, three jars of plumchutney, three jars of spicy plum jam, one jar of plum preserves and one plumbread.

As you can guess, the plumbread is already eaten with some spicy jam and, although totally bias, it was delicious. Do you need more good news? She is bringing more plums next week, thank you Marjanne.

Hope you have a fantastic start of your week.

Elizabeth

Friday, August 27, 2010

Safekeeper

This envelope bag is keeping my little treasures safe, it is made of thick felt and after all these years I am still happy with it.




Do you have a special treasure keeper?

Another week has gone by, thank you for your kind comments and mails. I hope you will have a fabulous weekend and I'll see you monday again.

Elizabeth



Thursday, August 26, 2010

Update on my crochet-experiment

Although nothing I am gonna tell you today is gonna shock the blogosphere, still I am very excited. Finally I found out how to correct these annoying little threads I get. (see picture above, look for the little arrow)


Here you can see the part I crocheted without a fault.  (did I write down with a big smile on my face)
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Another detailpicture were I experimented with loops. For me this is really a lot of fun, I love to learn something new and even if it is just a teeny, tiny detail in crochet. Normally I would celebrate these victories privately but Amy of Bring yourself has started this project and since I love baby-steps it is time to join. Are you totally over the moon when you learned something new? Well maybe you would like to join us.

Have fun today.

Elizabeth


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Embroidery class


This is a embroidery technique I saw in the Bork Havn Viking museum and it is used in the Bork tapetet. The Bork tapetet is inspired by the Bayeux tapestry and it took more than three years to make. First you put an outline stitch around the area you want to embroider.



Than you put in the long threads followed by the short ones.


Than you embroider them together with a small stitch on the the cloth.



In this picture this technique is used to make the dresses.

Enjoy yourself today.

Elizabeth

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Listening









Have a wonderful day.

Elizabeth

Monday, August 23, 2010

Helleristninger


In Norway I bought some blue and red wool and with all inspiration of the Vikings I had to try something new.


Hope you are having a great start of your week.

Elizabeth

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Viking market VII


 last picture
made in a small vikingchurch
lots of people around

a piece of craftmanship
that captured
all my attention

a ship that travels, brings opportunities for those who don't lose their hope

Elizabeth

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Viking market VI


Almost finishing up this wonderful week of the Viking market. The bird in the picture above is maybe one you recognize because I made a textile painting with this bird. Here you can see my version.



These two banners were weaved and more than drop gorgeous.
 



the woman who made them sitting at her loom


some random pictures










Time to sit down.

Have a great saturday.

Elizabeth

Friday, August 20, 2010

Viking market V

Today a more peace minded theme: embroidery












There were so many embroidered pieces that was difficult to make a selection or I could say that I just went crazy with my camera. Hope you are still enjoying yourself.

This serie will continue during the weekend.

Have a fantastic day.

Elizabeth

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Viking market IV

Vikings and their battles











Have a great day.

Elizabeth

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Viking market III

Together with vikings you think of boats and that is the theme of today.


A beautiful bridge along the water

A smaller boat in a drydock.

Craftmanship in details.

Have a lovely day.

Elizabeth

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Viking market II

The eye-candy for today is around the theme food. The craftmanship is so wonderful to see, the attention for all kinds of details is breath-taking and please remember most of what you see is handmade.







Have a fabulous tuesday.

Elizabeth