Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Leafs


This picture probably looks familiar since you already saw it early March. Today I want to add a new step in this journey of leafs.


These three leafs are another sample for my ledger which I'm creating while attending my on-line embroidery class of Karen. Used  the fishbone stitch and a chain stitch for the leafs on the outside. The leaf in the middle is created with a chain stitch, a french knot and stem stitch.

And now back to the creating fun.

Have a lovely time with your needle as well.

Elizabeth

Monday, April 28, 2014

Monday's music


Hej Pretty girl,

Hope you had a fantastic weekend
Hope you enjoyed some spring sunshine
Hope you got the chance to visit the beach or another favorite place
Hope you got a chance to catch up with some friends
Hope the food you ate nourished your body and soul


Hej Pretty girl,

This is your dream, this is your reality

Hej Pretty girl,

Have a fabulous week
 and
enjoy the journey of life.

Hej Pretty girl,

....


Elizabeth

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Learned something new


On Easter monday I took my bike and biked around to see the yearly art exhibition on my peninsula. Since the museum for the Hjortspringbåden was one of the places where the exhibition was held I couldn't resist to bike a few kilometers extra to visit this place. (two links, one in English and one in Danish).
While being at the museum I got to meet someone who made these lucets. Unfortunately my purse was empty and one could only pay with cash. Although a nuisance it didn't bother me because I thought I buy one later. The man who made them thought differently and gave me an unfinished one. Thrilled to have one I immediately sanded it and started trying, in the picture you can see my first effort.

Did also a bit of research on the lucet and found this blog with some very interesting information on handmade stuff. If you would like to read some instructions, click here.

Have a lovely wednesday.

Elizabeth




Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Holiday is over .... or









and now it is time to move on!

Have a splendid week.

Elizabeth

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pictures & documentaries


This afternoon I got this book from the library. It contains all kinds of quotes and excerpts of old diaries together with pictures.


I photographed these two drawings which I really liked.


Besides showing you this I also want to give you two documentaries. The first link is a documentary about Vilhelm Hammershøi and the second link is, about Andrew Wyeth. These two documentaries are made by the BBC and presented by Michael Palin.

Hope you will enjoy them just as much as I did.

Elizabeth

Leonardo da Vinci at Koldinghus


Last sunday we made a trip to Kolding to visit the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition in Koldinghus.  You might remember this castle since you were given pictures about this magnificent place before.




In this one I saw the work of Karen reflected which made me smile.


 



 





To me this place is magical because old and new elements are so beautifully blend together. It truly is a place to wander around in and capture details, the thoughts of people of long ago and recently blend together so perfectly.

Elizabeth

Picture time


At the fleamarket I found these two old, handcarved spoons and couldn't resist taking them home with me although bought for decoration reasons they are also a lovely symbol of feeding oneself.


Another find was this little jug, it was love at first sight. Years ago I started collecting ceramics and this little one was simply the best addition I could have found. The shape and the soft colour are simply irresistable for me.


Here you can see some of my 'oldies' in an attempt to learn to photograph a still life.

Enjoy your day with the pretty things of life.

Elizabeth



Samples


The first photo is made late at night while attempting to embroider my shell symbol with the buttonhole stitch. Some parts of it I like and others I don't which means back to drawing board and see how I can improve this.


Here you can see my first attempt of cutwork. Leafs are also one of the symbols I would like to use later on. The veins are a bit twisting around and I can't decide whether I like this or not. Made another one to find out if I could straighten them up a bit.



This is the second one and some of the veins are a bit more straight but still not totally. From the book of Margaret Rowan I learned what I have done wrong. The silly thing is that at this point I don't know if I want to use that different method, somehow I also like the movement and to get them totally straight, I don't know. The second leaf I backed with some fabric which is totally not associated with leafs to give it some 'personality'.

Time to start pondering again.

Elizabeth


Books


Last weekend a fleamarket was visited and I found this wonderful book from 1972 of Gerda Bengtsson. I'm truly happy with it since meadow flowers, grasses and weeds are a part of my new project and a number of drawings of them are included. The book is about cross-stitch and written in English because it was made for the American market, the flowers of each state are included. 


The book of Margaret Rowan was found at the library and was first published last year. It is a happy book with lots of examples, combinations of different stitches and background information. 

Elizabeth

Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday's music


Since another wet and dark day is given I decided to give you some

HAPPY

Have a wonderful week.

Elizabeth

Wednesday, April 2, 2014