Friday, May 29, 2015

Vintage embroidery book

in my quest to find more background information on my treasure find I stumbled on this lovely Swedish, vintage embroiderybook from 1954. It is written by Augusta Abrahamsson. Feel so lucky that the Danish library keeps such old books on their shelfs.

Have a lovely weekend.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Focus on wednesday

Your destiny is to fulfill those things upon which you focus most intently. 
So choose to keep your focus on that which is truly magnificent, 
beautiful, uplifting and joyful. 
Your life is always moving toward something.

Ralph Marston

Have a wonderful wednesday


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

On Focus

This story started on May, 2nd 2015. Everybody in class was very busy with the Reinventing the page from Karen Ruane when I came across this video:

All my alarmbells went off when Richard told what kind of paper he used. It was the same paper we used too and look at his beautiful sculptures I saw a lot of potential. Immediately I shared the link with my classmates and Deanna responded just as excited. 

On May, 5th Deanna shared this link with me. A picture which I had seen before but now it became a source of inspiration. The paper plates in the picture is sewed with a sewing machine and therefore I could see the possibilities.

Since the class was about reinventing the page I decided to make an overlay of a paperplate so that the focus of the viewer was drawn to a particular part of a design.

I really like the idea of having a tool for drawing focus and therefore I decided to make a plate a week to remain focused on my own challenges in a fun way.

Hope you are having just as much fun.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Another find

Last week I spent a few days away from my beloved peninsula but stayed true to my thriftshop mania. Yes, I couldn't resist to take a peek in an unfamiliar thriftshop and look what I have found.

A gorgeous piece of vintage embroidery. It has some wear and tear, a few stains and no backing but to me it was and still is the most beautiful piece.

The colours are absolutely, without any doubt on my part, gorgeous. Some parts are embroidered in wool while others in cotton.

Love how the design is built up, the flowing of the shapes and the variety of stitches that are used. The dots, the leaves, the petals ... oh what a great combination. Husband asked: What are you gonna do with it? Nothing this is for my own museum and I can look at it any time I want! :-)

Since I don't know anything about this piece and very curious by nature ... can you tell me about 
  • the design?
  • when was this style popular? 
  • from which country comes this?
  • do you know who made this? ... now if anyone knows this, that would make my day.... :-)
In other words, I'm over the moon with this very beautiful piece of vintage embroidery.

Have a great start of your week and enjoy your finds whatever they are.


Friday, May 8, 2015

A meander book

Another little project is finished. Made this meaderbook with the idea to lay it on top of a design sheet unfortunately I didn't think about the size and therefore it became too large. But I don't mind because the process gave me these fun paper buttons and a new doodle.

This new doodle gave me already lot of fun. Last night I painted my heart out, it's not ready yet but I'm looking forward to work on it lots of more.

Have yourself a grand weekend too and I hope your projects excites you just as much.


Monday, May 4, 2015

Monday's music

This monday I have very special video for you and thank you Mrs. Crocodile for the inspiration

Have a grand start of your week.



There are days I just go around with my head filled with ideas and nothing happens or said differently ... a lot is happening but nothing related to embroidery or the process of ... Last sunday I jumped out of bed early and just started. My morning was spent with paper, paintbrush, needle and thread. I had a great time, another variation of the same story came to life, it looks lovely although somehow not finished but I have no idea what to add at the moment.

Also managed to pinprick another hommage to the three leafs of Margaret Kilgallen. This will become part of the ledger 7 Generations.

Time to cut some more paper to try out another idea. Hope you're having just as much fun with your own projects.