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

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Focus on wednesday


Today's plate is the only paperplate so far that got a different background in the photograph. The reason for that is the fact that I made this plate as a tribute to Karen. I've done a few classes now with her and she is a wonderful teacher and one can learn a lot but the class is also a fun place to hang out. The private Flickr-groups are very supportive and lots of info is shared. This project wouldn't have started without the conversations over there.

Therefore a special thank you to Karen and all my classmates.

Have a grand wednesday!

Elizabeth

Oh and Karen ... God save the Queen!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A very special book


Got this book at my, now almost famous, local library. The book is called The Kitchen Linen Book and is written by EllynAnne Geisel. The book contains lovely pictures of vintage cloth which are absolutely beautiful but what I like most are the stories. Stories of that special tablecloth of way back when a tablecloth was still in fashion. Memories recorded and which are at the same time telling what has slipped through our fingers by the tides of change.

So if you can find a copy at your local library, take it home and I assure you, you will have some lovely time reading them.

Have a great tuesday!

Elizabeth

Monday, October 26, 2015

Monday's music


Another rendition by a Dutch hopeful.

Enjoy your start of a new week.

Elizabeth

Friday, October 23, 2015

Focus on cloth


My love for helleristninger isn't new, therefore a boat had to be on this cloth to make sure I travel safely through this project. Stemstitch is used for the upper and lower line. For the rest of the boat I used wrapped thread to give it a more organic look, the little circle is crocheted ofcourse.

I really like this collage because so much information is coming together. Nörköping was a textile city and it was a Dutch business man who started it. His name was Louis de Geer and therefore there is a large statue of him in the centre of town. There are also thousands of helleristninger in Sweden and now one is recreated on cloth by a Dutch woman, all tied together neatly ... :-)

Enjoy your weekend.

Elizabeth

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Focus ledger


On several plates I used paper buttons and I made this page to tell you the story behind it. In the Netherlands we have a proverb that says that if you want to remember something you need to make a knot in your handkerchief. And that's what I did. Made a two drawings of a handkerchief, painted them blue. When dried they were cut out and placed in this ledger.

If you translate the word knot to Dutch you get knoop. The fun thing is that if you do the same with button you also get knoop. Therefore buttons are for me little containers of memories and that's what this page is telling you and reminding me. I love "inventing" my own language.

Enjoy your thursday while making some lovely or interesting memories.

Elizabeth

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Focus on wednesday


It is wednesday so time to reveal another paperplate. This time string art was used to decorate the plate. String art is a very versatile method and my plate is only done minimalistic. It is a start and I can and will make more plates with this technique.

Do hope you like this one since you're only "allowed" to look through one hole, the other two are closed because we need to focus on wednesday.

Have a great one!

Elizabeth

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A trip to the Netherlands


Last week I spent my days in my native country.


Visited the Vincent van Gogh house in Nuenen which was very interesting.


It was a cold and wet affair but it gave the opportunity to take some lovely pictures.


And of course I couldn't resist buying some Flow magazines.

Hope you enjoyed yourself too.

Elizabeth

Monday's music


To start our week with the right foot forward I have for you a song from George Ezra. Lisa sent me this song and it is a lovely one.

Enjoy yourself.

Elizabeth

Friday, October 16, 2015

Focus on cloth


Another friday has arrived which means I will show you another brick of this blue wall I'm making. Today it's just a little flower in stemstitch but what I like about it is are the wrapped threads in the centre of this flower.  Marking off area's is making it easier to focus on what needs to be taken care off first.

Time to wish you a fabulous weekend. Enjoy yourself.

Elizabeth

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Focus ledger



Five different leafs are made, each time I added something to the leaf. In the background is the statement of Margaret about handmade, which you can read here.

I really like working on this ledger because it gives me the opportunity to challenge myself and come up with a different idea for each page.

Have a great thursday!

Elizabeth


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Focus on wednesday


Today I serve you a plate with leafs. My leafs refer to Margaret Kilgallen. I have written about here before, if you want to (re)read it you can do here. Tomorrow I will show you the ledgerpage I made for this page. The leafs on my blue cloth did you already see some time ago.
Enjoy your wednesday!

Elizabeth

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Two books


Picked up two books at the library last week. The book of Carl & Karin Larsson I picked up already a number of times because I so love the way they used colour in their home and the colours used in the paintings of Carl.
The book Raw + Material = Art visited the first time my house and it is a fantastic book.


This is one of the pictures in the book.  This installation is made by Jae-Hyo Lee in 2009 and ofcourse made in wood. Just love that material.

It's fun to write a litte note about books, in that way I can always find my way back to them. Still I do hope you like them too.

Have a lovely tuesday.

Elizabeth

Monday, October 12, 2015

Monday's music


Time to listen to Keith again.

Have a great start of your week!

Elizabeth

Friday, October 9, 2015

Focus on cloth


As you can see the flower for my blue cloth is also ready but I have chosen not to stitch it on just yet. Why? Well in the petals there is card, this flower will also get the chance to move on the blue cloth. I'm not done, not even close, with the embroidery on this blue cloth and I'm afraid I might damage the flower while handling it is intensively. Therefore I decided to keep it safe in my box and attach it later on this blue cloth.

Hope you liked to see the flower in three different ways. Time to wish you a grand start of your weekend. Have a great one!

Elizabeth

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Just found this



Totally excited about this find and I hope you can see why. Besides this video I found also a newspaper article with some extra information. You can read it here


The picture above is  page from the friendship scrapbook from Anne Wagner. If you want to see more pages than click here. I chose this picture because the leaf in the left top corner is pinpricked, a technique which we also use in the class of Karen.

And there is even a blog from an English professor about old scrapbooks.

Gonna try to find some more jewels.

Elizabeth

Update:

Found this and seen from a textile viewpoint it is my trophy of tonight ... :-)

Focus ledger


This is the page I created for the flower. This time I doodled on the petals and made some stitched petals. Again I chose to give the flower the freedom to move a little bit. This is the only one who has a stem made out of a border of a plate.


In the collage you can see the details a bit better. Enjoy your thursday while travelling on your creative path.

Elizabeth

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Focus on wednesday



Today I show you the plate with the flower. What I really like about it is that it is attached in such a way that there is still movement possible.


At times the little focus hole is visible while it sometimes is hidden behind one of the petals. Tomorrow I will show you the ledgerpage of this plate.

Have a great wednesday.

Elizabeth

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Staphoster Stipwerk

Last week I came across Staphorster Stipwerk. Staphorst is city which is "famous" in the Netherlands because of the fact that religion is still very important and visible in everyday life. I never tried this technique but since you have to make you're own stamps, the result will also be very personal and that appeals to me. A video with English subtitles I found on Vimeo.





Enjoy your tuesday!

Elizabeth






Monday, October 5, 2015

Monday's music



Something different to start our week with. Two young girls are here to help us to start our week. Hope you enjoy it.

Have a fabulous start of your week.

Elizabeth

Friday, October 2, 2015

Focus on cloth


Since we had a lovely sunny 1st of October you can see the shadow of the sailingship that is standing in the window sill. Still what I want you to focus on is the two rows of bullion knots with crocheted thread pulled through. I made a few variations of this idea on a couple of borders of the plates. I like these borders a lot and therefore I made one variation here on my blue cloth.



Worked really hard on my Focus-project the this week and I'm really happy with the progress. Hope you had a great week too .. time to start our weekend ... have a lovely one!

Elizabeth

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Focus ledger



For this page in my ledger I saved the cross-stitch pattern I made. A strip of paper is embroidered with the stitch I used on the border of the plate. This together with the photograph of the original plate gives all the information about this paperplate in which connection is the main theme.

Have a fabulous thursday.

Elizabeth