Thursday, December 31, 2015

Focus ledger


This Celtic circle landed in my ledger. It was an absolute pleasure to make it. Used bullion knots, french knots, chain stitch, wrapped thread. backstitch and stemstitch.  Stitching on paper is becoming a big love, it is so relaxing and easy to control.

Time to wish you a wonderful 2016, the celebrations are just around the corner. Enjoy yourself!

Elizabeth

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Focus on wednesday



This celtic circle is with me already for years. It was given to me when I came picked up a historybook. If you are interested the first embroidered circle by me, you can click here. The celtic circle stands for the journey through life for me and that's the reason why it reappears each time around.

Have yourself a wonderful day on your adventure.

Elizabeth

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Epilogue on Christmas


For years already mrs. Crocodile and my big Taurus sister are sending me amazing gifts. This year was not an exception. Two big boxes were delivered by the mailman long before Christmas arrived. Mrs. Crocodile insisted that I waited until Christmas day before I opened my prezzies. I'm not know for my patience when it comes to unwrapping my presents.  

Oh and how I enjoyed the unwrapping. One box smelled of lavender, the other one of chocolate when opened and there were so many little notes and totally fantastic gifts. These ladies are so talented and generous and like every year they take me totally by surprise.

Thank you my dear Anneli & Lisa for your friendship and kindness.

Elizabeth

Monday, December 28, 2015

Monday's music


For some reason I find the week between Christmas and New Year's eve a strange one. Maybe because there are two large parties in one week or is it the anticipation of a new year to come? I don't know, therefore I decided to have some gentle music of Jackson Browne.

Have a lovely start of this "strange" week.

Elizabeth

Friday, December 25, 2015

Focus on cloth


Wrapped thread is a huge part of Sheila's work and I had to give it a try too.  Here my first attempt to wrap some silk thread in the shape of my connection symbol. Since I love that symbol and expresses some sort of connection I thought it was appropriate.

This was my week with the work of Sheila Hicks in mind.  If you would like to see her work click here.

Enjoy your time with your family.

Elizabeth

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Focus ledger


The pictures in this collage I made from the book I got from the library called Sheila Hicks 50 years.  Today I show you my interpretation of the third picture at the top.
 

A square was pinpricked out, weave was made and blue glass found on the beach was put in. Not the most elaborate page of the book but I like the result.

Og til alle Dansker ... har en dejlig juleaften.

Merry Christmas!

Elizabeth

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Focus on wednesday


The last few days I have been throwing myself into the works of Sheila Hicks. It was only a mere week ago that I showed you the video of her work. Today I give you my interpretation on a plate.

This will be a Sheila Hicks week ... I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.

Elizabeth

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Sera Waters




Found this video of Sera Water in which she talks about her work. I absolutely love it and wish I could find more video's like this. 

Maybe that would make a really good christmas present .. 

Enjoy yourself!

Elizabeth

Monday, December 21, 2015

Monday's music


A special week since Christmas is right around the corner. For all those who are driving home for Christmas, drive safely through the storm that is predicted.

Happy Christmas everyone.

Elizabeth

Friday, December 18, 2015

Focus on cloth


Unfortunately there were not enough hours in my week to get this one finished. Still I want to show you it because I'm really excited about it. So please keep your fingers crossed I can find 4 or 5 hours in the next week to finish it.

Have yourself a wonderful weekend while getting ready for the holiday season.

Elizabeth

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Focus ledger



Today's page is a pinpricked window with the poem of Rainer Maria Rilke. Printed it out and in between the lines I pinpricked the paper. This way waves of light are coming to life. 



Behind the window is a blue circle with the swan. I really like this page, probably because it has a different feel.

Enjoy your thursday while swimming in your waters.

Elizabeth

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Focus on wednesday



It is already over a year ago that I found an article about these little figures. I doodled with them, made little paintings and a plate. It is always good to put some focus on a mother and child relationship.

Have a great wednesday.

Elizabeth

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Sheila Hicks








Found these videos last week and I think they are fabulous and very inspirational. I hope you will enjoy them too. If you want to see more video's with her, you can go here.

Have a fantastic tuesday.

Elizabeth

Monday, December 14, 2015

Monday's music


A lovely country song to start this week.

Happy travelling!

Elizabeth

Friday, December 11, 2015

Focus on cloth


It won't be a surprise to you after reading the posts on wednesday and thursday that one brick is totally filled with running stitch. Added a patch as if I had to make a repair to the cloth.


This is the end of another week with Focus. Hope you do like seeing the different levels of the project each week.

Anyway, have yourself a great weekend and I hope to see you again on monday.

Elizabeth

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Focus ledger



Made a "cloth" of paper. The paint tells the story of the different pieces of cloth and the running stitch is mimicking the sashiko technique. All is fairly simple to make but it still holds lots of information. 

Happy days. Hope you're having one too.

Elizabeth

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Focus on wednesday


This week I put my focus on the Japanse embroidery technique of Sashiko. This embroidery technique is a mending technique and since our society is in need of lots of different kind of mending I give you my five cents.


The patch is crocheted. Mending isn't difficult but one needs patience and the will to keep going.

Have a lovely wednesday and I'll see you tomorrow with the page in my ledger.

Elizabeth

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Thoughts on tuesday




Not really sure how to start this post. Found this video a few days ago on productivity and being busy as validation. Than yesterday this post of Humans of New York struck a cord with me:

“Because I’m a refugee, my life is on pause. My studies have stopped. I’m not working. I don’t have a career. Because I’m Syrian, I’m not allowed to participate in society. It’s been years of doing nothing. I used to be a cheerful person. I was always invited to parties. Now I like to be alone. I’ve become more nervous and aggressive. I yell over silly things. I just want to start my life again. I learned last Thursday that I’m going to a state called North Carolina. I’m very nervous. I know nothing about it. More than anything, I want to finish my education. But mostly I hope that whatever is waiting for me there is better than what I’ve gone through.”

Why did it struck a cord with me? Last weekend some friends came over for dinner and we talked about how important it is to have a job in Denmark. Not just for economic reasons but most of all for social reasons because one of the first questions people ask is: What are you doing? if one just met or How is work these days? It is the starter of many conversations and it seems that a lot of people feel embarrased to say they are out of work.Why? Because than the conversation stops and the person not having a paycheck is left out, abandoned, not worthy of spending more time with. In extreme cases people who loose their job even stop going to parties or other social gatherings. Can one only participate in society when one has a job?

On the other hand there is this huge wave of being creative, which has become an industry itself, with free-spirited ideas. And here lies the crutch at least for me. How can one come to use their creative potential in full if it has to fall within the description of a job and within the boundries of the rules of social acceptance? How can we find solutions for the many problems we have in society if the solution has to lie within all these parameters?

For me it is contradiction I can't stop thinking about. If you have any thoughts or maybe you can see where my reasoning is off, please let me know.

Have  a fabulous tuesday.

Elizabeth

Monday, December 7, 2015

Monday's music


Haven't been around a lot last week simply because my body only wanted to get into a better state, in other words: I was sick . Anyway the song which I chose for today is an old favorite of mine, a perfect song when one contemplate slow living.

Have yourself a wonderful week and I'll be back tomorrow.

Elizabeth

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Ekaterina Panikanova



Came across the work of Ekaterina and loved it. Here is a little video of her work. Hope you enjoy it too.

Elizabeth

Monday, November 30, 2015

Monday's music


Love this rendition of Yesterday.

Have a great start today!

Elizabeth

Friday, November 27, 2015

Jonas Hvid Søndergaard



At the moment there is a exhibition in Copenhagen of Jonas and I absolutely love these paintings. The way he worked with celtic elements and helleristninger, it just gets me. The exhibition is called The time is always now and held at the Kastelsvej 18 in Copenhagen. So if you happen to be in that area, I would say: Do yourself a favour and go to see them!

Have a fabulous weekend.

Elizabeth

Focus on cloth


Today I can show you the brick with the crossroads. Used the same cloth as in the flower and even incorporated the focus opening. 


Another brick is laid on my blue cloth. It is a slow journey, still I like to document my babysteps.

Have a grand weekend with all your creative projects.

Elizabeth

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Focus ledger


The page of today for the ledger is a bit different. The symbol blinded by love is an old one which appeared already in a handmade book called Mystery, made in 2008 and ofcourse on Soul Food. There was no question for me whether or not to make a plate with it, there simple had to be a plate with it in this series.

For the ledger I wanted to change the visual and came up with the idea you see in the picture. This page difference from the other pages because of the variation in the process of the techniques. To pinprick the heart out I used a blunt, thick pinpricker from when I was a little kid. This is giving a different texture than the needle I normally use. Besides that I tried a different drawing and painting idea. I think the technique might work but I need to practice it a bit more which is fine with me. Had to start working with it somewhere, right?

Since there is also a plate with cross stitched hearts I used them to embellish the page and that worked out just fine. So in short it is not my favorite page but I learned a few things while creating it and therefore it was worth the effort.

Enjoy your thursday and I do hope you learn something new today too.

Elizabeth

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Focus on wednesday



The name of this paper plate is crossroads. It is a simple plate with two pinpricked strips, embellished and fastened. To top it off some bullion knots are placed on the ends of the strips. The border mimicks the idea. Each day we have crossroads in our lives, most of them are easy decisions but every now and than we have a hard time deciding which way to go.

Hope you have some safe travels today.

Elizabeth

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Diane Savona


Have no idea how often I already saw this video of Diane Savona. Still I get totally captivated by her explaination of her work and therefore I share this with you. 

Enjoy!

Elizabeth

Monday, November 23, 2015

Monday's music



After a stormy weekend everything is wonderful calm now.

Have a great start of your week.

Elizabeth

Friday, November 20, 2015

Focus on cloth


maybe the common thread this week is the bullion knot


just can't resist making them


on my cloth I also made a brick with the safety net



the thread is white, in case you're wondering, but the sunlight gives it an off-white shade.



just love these!

have a fabulous weekend.

Elizabeth



Thursday, November 19, 2015

Focus ledger


The page in the ledger today isn't about a specific plate but focuses on the borders of several plates. 


All the plates in this collection have borders made with bullion knots.


The overlay is painted and pinpricked on both sides with circles. The quote is from Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.

Enjoy your thursday with or without a knot.

Elizabeth

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Focus on wednesday


This plate is made during the summer but it feels appropriate today. I made the plate after seeing the documentary Pray the devil back to hell, a documentary of a group of women in Liberia. They connected together beyond the boundaries of religion and archieved peace after a civil war that lasted 14 years.




The square on the plate means: Till here but no further. On another level it encourages to connect because when connected we become each others safety net. The stronger the bonds, the stronger the net will be.

Wish you a lovely wednesday while you focus on your connections.

Elizabeth

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Such a lucky girl



A few weeks ago Deanna organized a give-away in our secret society over at Flickr. The secret society is a gathering of ladies who love to swing their needle while Karen keeps a watchful eye out. You probably guessed it by now, in case you haven't ... I was the winner of the give-away and yesterday my mailman was so kind to drop off her parcel. The handmade pouch is very beautiful. Deanna had ofcourse made some pictures of the pouch but she hadn't photograph the inside. And here was a big surprise. The inside of the pouch is made of silk with a feather design woven in. In case you don't know, I photograph little white feathers when I come across them and so my name was on the pouch from the start ... or so it feels. .. :-)

So thank you Deanna for your generous gift and I will see you in class again on wednesday.

Have a wonderful tuesday!

Elizabeth

Monday, November 16, 2015

Monday's music


No song can erase the harm done this weekend. So let's start anew, let's try to create a week filled with beauty, tolerance and some sprinkles of love. 

Enjoy that journey.

Elizabeth

Friday, November 13, 2015

Focus on cloth


Today there is just a little celtic circle added to my blue Focus cloth. Nothing fancy but it had to be on the cloth since it lives with me already for so long.

Have a fabulous weekend and I'll be back on monday to start our week just right ...

Elizabeth

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Focus ledger


This page isn't linked to a specific plate. The reason for it is that all my plates are photographed on the map with Nörrköping. Didn't want to cut up that map, still way to precious to me but there are enough maps around in this house, so I took another one.

The quote of Robert Frost is already for years on my right bar and to no surprise fitted perfectly on this page. The border is made of a rectanglar paperplate and is pinpricked and painted.


On the front you see the buttons, the memorable moments which are often part of any journey. The fabric used is the same as I used on the flower hanging on my blue cloth. As for the fastening I did something special, they are all fastened a little bit different. A very small detail but one I absolutely love.  For me these details and the cross-references between the plates, the blue cloth and the ledger are the icing on the cake.

That's all for today ... time to start another one.

Have a productive thursday.

Elizabeth

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Focus on wednesday



Last week one of my classmates made a cruise through the pictures and came across the poem of Rainer Maria Rilke, the swan. It was a lovely reminder and therefore I made this paper plate to remind myself in the future.

This clumsy living that moves lumbering
as if in ropes through what is not done,
reminds us of the awkward way the swan walks.
And to die, which is the letting go
of the ground we stand on and cling to every day,
is like the swan, when he nervously lets himself down
into the water, which receives him gaily
and which flows joyfully under
and after him, wave after wave,
while the swan, unmoving and marvelously calm,
is pleased to be carried, each moment more fully grown,
more like a king, further and further on.
Thank you Heather.

Have a lovely tuesday.

Elizabeth

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Autumn hope



“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.”

― Emily Dickinson

Monday, November 9, 2015

Monday's music


A work-out start of our week.

Enjoy!

Elizabeth

Friday, November 6, 2015

Focus on cloth


It will not be a big surprise when you read the post of wednesday and/or thursday. Therefore only two pictures of the Ægishjálmr on the blue cloth.



Have a fabulous friday and enjoy your weekend, see you monday again.

Elizabeth

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Focus ledger


As I told yesterday, the Ægishhjálmr is the theme for this week and today I will show you the work in the Focus ledger.


On the two doors, protecting what is behind it, is the Ægishhjálmr, as a protective seal. 


The bone button holds the seal in place, still it is possible to be opened.


When the seal is removed and the doors opened, this is what you get to see. On the left I made a combination of runen, helleristninger and items used to make textiles, the right side gives a word in runen. All of these items I used in my work before, they are very meaningful to me and therefore worth protecting.


In this detailpicture you can see how I combined and at the same time keep the different items separate. This gives the symbol a nice texture. All of it is inspired by the history of the Vikings and therefore a old seamap is chosen as the background. 

Hope you enjoyed this little journey.

Elizabeth


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Focus on wednesday


The plate of this week is my version of Ægishjálmr. Like last week all the Focus-posts are around one theme. The story of Ægishjálmr you can read here, if you're interested. This leaves leaves me with only one thing to say:

Have a lovely, protected from evil wednesday.

Elizabeth

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The love for embroidery



During the weekend I came across this absolutely wonderful video. Eric, the man in the video explains his love for embroidery so very well that I had to share it with you. And yes I aware that you probably already know how absolutely fantastic it is to swing your needle but I want you to watch this anyway.

Enjoy!

Elizabeth

Monday, November 2, 2015

Monday's music


A different kinda start this morning.

Have a fabulous week.

Elizabeth

Friday, October 30, 2015

Focus on cloth



This is the third time this week that you see this C and I already told you the story behind it yesterday. Therefore there isn't much to tell about this brick on my blue wall. The added little, blue striped puff is also something I learned to make in Karen's class and I think it is a little extra. 


In the detailpicture you can see the density of the french knots. Stitching a C isn't difficult but it is time consuming because hundreds of knots needed to be made to fill the area.

Enjoy the start of your weekend, hopefully with lots of time for your projects.

Elizabeth

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Focus ledger


This page is made around a plate that was created as a tribute to Karen. Therefore I chose to do a double page so I could make the circle-page with the buttonhole lace.


The background of this page has some outlined C's, the starting letter of connection. The two pictures are from the paperplate. Karen loves french knots and bullion knots together with lace and that's why I chose to do it this way. 


The outline for the pictures are pinpricked strips watercoloured with the same blue as the rest of the book. Blue and white are her favourite colours, so a strip of french knots is here to finish things of nicely. 

The first pictures of these plates were with a background of some very bright tulips. I felt that would break the mood of the pages so far, therefore I opted to make photographs with the map behind it. 

So here you have it. The story behind this plate. Let me know what you think.

Have a grand thursday.

Elizabeth