Thursday, December 30, 2010

Vintage embroidery III



Today I have another Dutch embroidery book for you today. It is called Borduren voor iedereen (Embroidery for everyone) and written by Lis Paludan. She wrote a number of books but this one was published in the Netherlands in 1976.



This post is written by Mette and this is the home of Ingrid and her gorgeous pictures all inspired by the work of Lis Paludan.



The picture above is the design drawing, the picture below the sampler.






The picture above is the design drawing, the picture below the sampler again.




Have a fantastic day with lot of fun memories.

Elizabeth



Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Vintage embroidery II



The book of today is called Experimental Embroidery by Edith John. This English book I found it in my local thriftshop and had to give it a home again. The book was published in 1976.






Unfortunately I haven't been able to find additional information about this talented lady.

Have a lovely day filled with creativity.

Elizabeth


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas ornament


It is a special day today because I have not one but two posts for you. Why?  My bare legged mailman made a stop at our mailbox!!!! Yes and he delivered a large envelope from the UK. This is a relief for Spud and me because we were already afraid it was lost in the snow.  On the envelope she had put some pretty tape with the text: I thought and I walked and I thought ... which fits is both very well.


Inside I found a beautiful guirlande of snowflakes and christmastrees made with her special hook and very soft cotton yarn. In the photo above you also can see a crocheted angel. This ornament was given to all the ladies who came to blogcamp in january of 2010 by Polly, a blogfriend of Spud.


A large snowflake on our tree, wished you could feel the softness of the yarn, think fluffy snow in cotton. Thank you so much Spud, this guirlande will be decorating my christmastree for years to come.


Last night we got some new snow, which means pictures. This one is for you Spud


Have fun today and I'll see you tomorrow.
Elizabeth

Vintage embroidery I



This is vintage embroidery book was published in 1966 and written by Cécile Dreesmann. The book is filled with all kinds of samples but what I like most about is is that this lady encourages the reader to design her/his own sampler or artwork.



Have collected a few links for you so you can get an impression of her work.















Have a fabulous day with lots of laughter.

Elizabeth

Monday, December 27, 2010

Vintage embroidery



This week is gonna be a special one about vintage embroidery books. While I was in the Netherlands last fall I had the opportunity to browse around in some thriftshops and found some books. This book Spelen met Spanramen of Hetty Mooi was published in 1973. Take a look what she liked to make.






Each time I am amazed by what one can do with a thread. Hope you enjoyed yourself too, I'll see you tomorrow.

Elizabeth



Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

 


Merry Christmas everyone.

The music for today is from John Lennon

Namaste
Elizabeth


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Changing the landscape XIV



Have been doodling within the theme of Changing the landscape. The large woollen piece is from my first attempt of dyeing with avocadopeels, on it I made small helleristning-drawings. More or less I did the same on my purple felt but than in fragments. The wonderful feeling of holding wool in my hand again makes me want to explore, feel the need to change, finding a different path. A new time slowly arrives, will I turn into an archaeologist or into an explorer?

No answers, that is allright. Wish you a fantastic day with lots of creativity and snow. Have fun today.

Elizabeth

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Winter wonderland II



In the cold silence of winter


trying to find the bridge


to get home again.

Have gorgeous winterday while travelling.

Elizabeth

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My workspace





A few weeks ago I wrote a post with the title inspirational workplace. While I was having fun last night at my table I realized that I never photographed my own workplace. Therefore a picture of my essentials in the evening for you today. A cup of tea, my embroidery-stitch book, cloth, thread, scissors, a notebook with some pens and ofcourse the computer in front of me so I can listen to music, tedtalks or a movie.

Have a lovely day while preparing for christmas

Elizabeth

Monday, December 20, 2010

St. Lucia bread



 
Last week at Domestic Sensualists there was a recipe for St. Lucia bread. Since we have to eat glutenfree I tried to make one bread that fits in with our needs. Instead of 2 and a half cup of white flour I used 1 and a half cup of Schär B mix and 1 cup of Jyttemel.  Their recipe said that one could make the dough in the evening and bake it the next morning. Never done that before and I won't do it again because that didn't work very well. So we ended up with a rather flat bread but it tasted good. 

Have a great start of your week and I'll see you tomorrow.

Elizabeth

Friday, December 17, 2010

Changing the landscape XIII


Finally I can show you the three textile paintings I promised you. Three paintings in which I used the same material and the same symbol, a helleristninger boat. Still each boat is unique because each boat is made in its own stitch. I used a backstitch variation, the Bayeux-stitch and couching stitch. The background is knitted in wool and the embroidery cloth is of a yellow cotton. The embroidery-drawing is done in very dark blue embroidery silk and metal embroidery thread in a copper color.
(The picture above resembles the color best, unfortunately due to the snowstorms on our island good light is scarce.)


These three paintings tell the story of all the things we have in common as human beings on one hand but on the other hand how totally unique we are.


The inspiration for these three pieces I got from the Prompts of Reverb 10, a few talks with this smart lady and Richard Keith Urban who made me remember something special and laugh.


Have a fantastic weekend filled with your special christmas creativity.

Elizabeth

Thursday, December 16, 2010

What can I say ....



At the start of the week I had a large to-do list but total doable. This week was suppose to be on embroidery and helleristninger. Now on thursday morning I am still not done with what was suppose to be a very straight forward piece of work. I have to admit to my own dismay. However yesterday on my bustour over the island to get into town I managed to knit another background.




This last picture is a visual update on my lychee-project. To me it is kinda funny to see that in the midst of winter with a lot of snow a tropical plant is thriving.

My next post will be about helleristninger. If I can't get it done by tomorrow it will be here over the weekend, promise.

Have a fabulous day in which we all can execute our plans.

Elizabeth

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Got interrupted


Yesterday I had a lot on my to do list and I while I was very busy with folding and nailing another textile painting together my bare legged mailman made another stop at our house.


Needless to say I got distracted especially the package came from Lisa. Lisa is one of the participants of the christmas ornament swap and therefore she sent me this colorful snowflake. Immediately I hung it in front of the window because the sun was shining and the colors where glittering so gorgeous. Too bad you can't see that in the picture. Lisa, kind hearted woman, thank you so much for your generous gift and I hope to see you soon.

Hope you had some lovely surprises of your own. Thanks for stopping by at Landanna and I'll see you tomorrow.

Elizabeth

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Winter wonderland


Yesterday we went from no snow to another winter wonderland.


Fluffy snow


After it snowed for a couple of hours


the sky got his beautiful blue jacket out of the closet


while the sun made its appearance.

Have a day filled with all the good stuff.

Elizabeth