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