Last weekend, while watching the serie of video's made by Karen for Simply Stitch 4, I doodled this page. And yes I know I'm not the best doodler around, that said I do love this page, a simple collection of helleristninger or part of them.
Last saturday we had another taekwondo demonstration and afterwards I walked around the fleamarket that was organized too. Here I found these buttons made of bone and as you can see, I couldn't resist and I even found out who made them.
And this heap of fabric is the start for another set of bumpers. So I'd better get on with it.
Over the years numerous of places in Sweden were visited to see these old helleristninger which gave me lots of pictures and inspiration, now they are my library. I selected two pictures to create an pattern.
In the photo below you can see the result. The centre of the left piece are buttons made of faded cotton. What I made is pretty straight forward but I really enjoyed the process and that's the main thing for me. All of these pieces are my learning process to find out what is possible or impossible within the boundaries I set for myself.
In this sheet I used a piece of a magazine that inspired me. Hadn't done this stitch in a long time and therefore I was great to get re-acquainted with it. The pricking is an symbol of the Elder Futhark which is the oldest of runes and means joy and making this sheet was certainly a joy.
What I like is that I'm not only able to work with the snoregaffel, flettehjul and nålebinding needle to add something distinctive from the North but also runes and helleristninger. In my next post you will see how that process is come to light.
Over the last few months I have been pondering about a new project. It started with visiting our local vikingcenter during the annual Easter Art Exhibition. While visiting I got myself a snoregaffel or a lucet and started experimenting with it.
In June we spent a few days on Sjælland which gave us the chance to visit Viking ship museum in Roskilde again. Here, at this gorgeous place, I bought myself nålebinding-needle. Another period of experimenting started especially since I also joined our local vikingcenter.
While on holiday we found again some beautiful helleristninger. These helleristninger are so intrigueing, well at least to me they are. Lots of time I also spent with my nålebinding-needle and some gorgeous wool which I had taken along, and I have been writing and drawing intensely while pondering about all I saw.
In a few posts I already showed you some of my work, the nålebinding/snoregaffel-experiment and the pieces of embroidery on paper. My interest in helleristninger is certainly not new, it is an old love which is revisited again although I question myself if I ever left it. I feel that with the nålebinding-needle, the snoregaffel, the flettehjul I have some tools which together with my embroidery can lead to an interesting project which I'm gonna call Nordic embellishment, at least for now.
Some years ago Anneli sent me the most gorgeous woollen thread which she had spun. I was over the moon with these gift but I never used, it was simply too beautiful to waste. Fortunately this week I finally found a way to honour this lovely thread.
This week I have been experimenting with embroidery on paper.
In the picture you can see the divers texture and embellishments of the woollen thread. With my snoregaffel I made the little bumpers. The beads were an obstacle while making the bumpers but with some patience they turned out perfect.
In the picture above you can see a part of the Ægishjálmr, the nordic sign of protection. I tried to mimick the texture and colours of the bumpers by combining one thread of Gütenmann, one thread of DMC and one thread of Blomstergarn. Embroidery on paper is a bit of a hassle, still I'm pleased with this journey so far.