Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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?
Monday, October 27, 2014
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Last thursday, while being at a get together to stitch, I finished these two samples. The blue leaf sample I like a lot. The wrapped thread works really well to create a leaf.
This second sample was all about texture. The texture created with wool and the snoregaffel I really like but I don't like to stitch with wool. Well, a lesson learned and now it is time to move on!
Monday, October 20, 2014
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.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
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.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
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.
Hope you are having a happy wednesday too.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
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.
Monday, October 6, 2014
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!
Thursday, October 2, 2014
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.
Back to my stack of books!
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.
My first shawl with tie-bumpers and buttons is ready. It took some time to make almost a 100 buttons and there is only one way to make that many... keep going!
On each side of the tie-bumpers are approximately 25 buttons in different shades of blue and size. Buttons have a special meaning for me. In the Netherlands we have a special saying to make sure we remember something. Leg een knoop in je zakdoek. When one translates this in English in the correct way one would say: Put a knot in your handkerchief. But the Dutch word knoop can also be translated as button and that's what I did. Although I'm well aware that make this translation mistake I thought it would be a nice idea to make my buttons symbols for memories. Memories which help us to remember the good stuff of life and keeps our hope alive. A shawl is a wonderful piece of cloth to give us a feeling of protection, like an embrace and these buttons add to that feeling.
In the final picture you see half the shawl, the other half is similar. It was a lovely project to work on and I'm really happy with my new shawl.
Hope you enjoyed this journey.