Over the summer I made a hat with the nålebinding technique. My first attempt failed because it was too small, my second attempt was too big but since it had to be felted this wasn't a problem. This hat was made without any instructions and therefore I just could keep my fingers crossed that it would work out.
Here you can see how much it felted, the hat rests on the same helmet as in the first picture. The helmet helped to keep the shape while it was drying. Hardly anything stitches of the process are left to be seen which is a bit unfortunate but it became a lovely warm hat for the winter and that's what counts.
This morning I started experimenting, don't worry nothing that will shock the world but I had fun with strips of fabric. I twisted and pinned them on a piece of cloth, took a long cotton thread and weaved my way through the layer of strips. Took the pins out and enjoyed my view for a while.
Decided to back it with a piece of fabric to hide the ends. A lovely square appeared. At first I thought Oh this could become a pocket but when finished I thought what if I made a fair number of these blocks and sewed them together? If I'll do that I will get a lovely soft blanket of sorts. Hmm, really like that idea but is my stash large enough?
The first book is called Pictorial weavings from the viking age by Sofie Krafft. In the book you can find drawings and patterns of textiles from the Oseberg vikingship. This ship was found in a large burial mound in Oseberg, Norway in early 1900's. If you want to read more about this find than you can do that here.
The second book is called Twelve British embroiderers by Diana Springall. The fun thing is that it is a English-Japanse book which I found in the Danish library and read by me, the Dutch girl. This made me smile but the book has also very interesting examples of embroidery.
There is one small problem though, I found some lovely stitches but the explanation is in Japanese and so I don't know their names. Made a collage of these stitches and if you know any of their names you are more than welcome to share!
With these ingredients I made a Hankie-book, a kinda of a detour of the Doodle, gather, create-class of Karen.
Ofcourse it all started with a doodle of one of my favorite rock-carving
and ofcourse also some embroidery on paper.
Since hankies are very popular at the moment at Karen's place I gave things my own twist although it also combined male and female energy.
I enjoyed the company of my snoregaffel big time in this project. On the left you can see the result of a woollen cord made by the lucet, after that the nålebinding technique made this big tie. A strong tie that binds female and male together.
I made a little video so you can see the whole project.
Last sunday I showed you my start of my Doodle-pages and wrote the sentence:"The rockcarving of the ship became a cradle, the men became women and
kids since there are ties that bind even when there are seas to cross." This is the next chapter of the story.
I took two elements of the initial doodle page, the rockcarving ship and the waves. All the ties are made with my snoregaffel. The two below have different knots, with the third tie I made a nålebinding start. For some unexplainable reason I really like making these ties, they feel like endless possibilities.
The little circles are filled with needleweaving, used two shades of blue. I really love this little dots, they are truly charming to me and they gave an excellent base for fastening my tie.
Maybe you are wondering why I use a map as background. It is a seamap of the Swedish waters and since most of the pictures for this project are taken in Sweden I thought it was a nice reference.
Last weekend while gathering the groceries together in the supermarket my eyes was attracted to the little crafter tool to cut out circles. In this earlier post I already told you about my struggles with cutting out a circle but this tool works wonders and I'm totally over the moon with it!
Some of you might remember this picture of my fleamarket finds. This week I used the larger piece for a pinpricking excercise.
Like the result but haven't decided yet how to move forward with this but i very much like the shape of this one.
Another page in the making for the Doodle-class of Karen which isn't finished. A circle was cut out and embroidered with a buttonhole stitch. The overlay is a pocket made with silkpaper stitched on with a running stitch. The thought behind this idea is that sometimes one needs to look beneath the surface to see what is going on. This pocket "demands" that effort.
The collage is from my start. What I learned was that cutting circles with a knife is much easier said than done. If you look closely my circles weren't really very circular and so I had to find a way to hide that fact. And so I made these samples.
This one is the final sample and while laying here on a seamap it gave a feeling of a porthole to the others of the course.
It reminded me of a leguaan which protect a boat and so for my doodle I started thinking ... Luckily I have a collection of pictures of helleristninger and decided that these pictures were gonna be my main idea for the doodle.
Enough inspiration for a doodle and giving my twist to it. When one thinks about vikings, one thinks of men. So I turned to the other part of society, women.
The rockcarving of the ship became a cradle, the men became women and kids since there are ties that bind even when there are seas to cross.
Here are the two overlay pages on the first one. This last page is silkpaper on which I stitched crude wool with bullionknots which are oh, so tiny.
This is how far I got in one week. Don't worry I still have tons of work to do and things to learn.
Heard about this book over a week ago. Unfortunately I couldn't borrow it from the woman who had it because she already promised it to someone else. No worries because I have the library at hand. The book was ordered there and now I have been drooling over all kind of old patterns.
One of them is this one and this one has definitely potential. Thinking about bumper ties, bullion knots, french knots and crochet.
Got myself some white fabric yarn. Gave it a bit of a try and it works very well. Oh if I only had the time to sit down and make this right now. Unfortunately other things are on my today list but since I didn't want to lose the idea, I wrote this note to myself.
Have a splendid day with whatever is on your to-do-list.
Last saturday it was my turn to do a shift at the local thriftshop. While I was attending to our customers and tidying up I found this shawl you can see in the collage above. No definite plans yet on how I'm gonna use this piece of cloth but that's part of the fun.
But that wasn't the only find. Also this large bead was discovered in a little box and I had to give it a new home too. So besides being a productive day at the shop, it become also a good day for my ever growing stash.
How do you keep some control over this constantly growing baby?
One of the first things I do each time when I arrive in Holland is going to the shop and buy the magazine Flow. This time I was very lucky because I found two regular, one special and two weekly booklets. Which means lots of pretty papers, ideas and thoughts, some cards and little booklets. So you won't be surprised when I tell you, I love Flow!
And after many years I finally made another trip to the Textile museum in Tilburg. I never before visited the Textiel lab, Textile laboratorium. So many experiments, machines and threads, loved it.
At the moment there is a special exhibiton about building with textiles, I was totally impressed by it. So if you happend to be in the Netherlands any time soon and have a day to spare I would recommand this museum because it is truly interesting.
Couldn't help myself this morning after my tea-date with Jude got cancelled. I simply had to try one of the techniques I read about yesterday. It is called tablet-woven piped edging for which I used pieces I made with my snoregaffel.
The piece in the middle is a normal chord made with a snoregaffel. On the left I whirled two pieces of chord together, only tops and bottom are fastened to the paper.
In the detailed picture you can see the endresult of the tablet-woven piped edging. The thread with which I secured it to the handwoven, vintage linen cloth is Blomstergarn which I first crocheted to give it more texture. The yarn I used was 70% wool and 30% fibres from the soyabean, never tried it before but it works fine.
Well this is all for now, it is back to work for me.
Yes, I'm over the moon again. Found an amazing book again but don't worry I'm not gonna become a seamstress of medieval garments. Although the drawings in this book makes me want more and more and more. The book is called Medieval garments reconstructed, Norse Clothing Patterns written by Lilli Fransen, Anna Nørgaard and Else Østergård.
Nothing really new. The embroidery pieces you have already seen but I made the background pages with some blue doodles. The inspiration for the doodles were found in my old pictures of helleristninger and pictures from historybooks. Slowly this project is getting its shape but no worries there is still a lot of work to be done.
Last week I was sick during the first part of the week which meant no Monday's music. Karen requested a song from Foster the People as a support for her quest to the universe to get tickets. And good news.
Karen got her Glastonbury tickets!
Congratulations Karen !!!!
so I didn't keep my fingers crossed for nothing and I will have a very happy teacher in the weeks to come!!!!
Have a fabulous start of this new week may it be an amazing one!
At the moment I'm more or less totally obsessed with nordic petroglyphs and these sweethearts I found in an old Danish magazine called Skalk from 1959. Isn't it wonderful to have a library with a large collection of goodies? :-)
These doodles from long ago were found on a piece of amber and on a piece of bone in Åmose on Sjælland and date back to the late stone age. I really like them and they will find their way into my work at some point because they are so charming, at least I think so.
Last weekend there was a large celebration to make this anniversary
special. A taekwondo training for all, a reception with an exhibition of
pictures and a party to close it off nicely.
It was a lovely day.
For the first time I put together a photo-exhibition and although it was a big task with so many pictures at my disposal I loved doing it and luckily people enjoyed the end result!