Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas present

This is one of the Christmas presents I made. A handkerchief with pinpricked circles and a knot in it. The border is blue wallpaper, again pinpricked to give it that little bit of extra. Now I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she will like it.

Talking about Christmas, the holidays are right around the corner so I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful, creative 2017 and I will see you again in the New Year.

Big hug,


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Chinese knot

Last week Chinese knots were on the menu in class and this is my first attempt. All the other ladies listened to the teacher and took a piece of chord, covered it with fabric and made a knot. Me, I made a chord with my snoregaffel and started making the knot. Oh well, some will never learn to listen .. :-)

Have a lovely wednesday.


Monday, December 19, 2016

Ledger with a story VIII

And here is the gift I made which will also conclude this series about it. I love how the map turned out, the pinpricking gave it that little bit special. Did another set of flowers, the brown one is a new variation. I simply love creating them. Well I already told you all there is to know about the summary so I won't start anew.

All the borders including the one of the brown cover is pinpricked to give it that lovely textured finish and I'm really happy with the end result. The gift is already living with my friend and she really liked it. 

That's all for today. Have a grand start of your week!


Friday, December 16, 2016

The one-trick-pony project

It's not the most interesting update I ever wrote but progress is made. One panel is totally stabstitched now. I know, not the most exciting news of the world .. :-)

This is a small notebook which I gave a new cover. The cover is made of a print from a painting of Hilma af Klint. I totally love her work. Here is a short documentary about her and her work.

Have a fabulous weekend!


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Ledger with a story VII

My love for maps isn't a secret around here and therefore you probably won't be surprised that I had to copy the map of Outlander on a page. I have googled a lot for this project and one of the finds was the wedding vows in Gaelic and English. They are printed out, pasted onto white card and after that pinpricked to add some yummy texture. 

Besides a classproject it was also a journey to find a gift. A friend of mine is nuts about Outlander and she knitted already several garments, so that was not an option. What you see here is more or less a summary of Outlander. Craigh na Dun is the stonecircle with which Claire timetravels from 1944 to 1744.  She is married to Frank Randall when it happens. In 1744 she meets James Fraser, a Scotsman whom she eventually marries. It is his tartan that I used throughout this ledger. 

I embroidered a circle in stemstitch which represents Craigh na Dun. The three colours of the tartan are used to embroider. Because Claire timetravelled through the stones she is emotional pulled towards two men. Brown represent James Fraser and black represents Frank Randall. The colour for Frank Randall had to be black because Claire meets his ancestor and his nickname is Black Jack Randall. 

All this information is now stored in my ledger. Time to start making the gift.

Hope you enjoy yourself too!


Monday, December 12, 2016

Ledger with a story VI

In this post I showed you the embellishments I made for the circles which are cut out or pinpricked out. During this process I got the idea to try to place the embellishment in a circle on paper but without making the hole in the middle. Therefore I made this page and yes I do know that I made a mistake in the black one. My excuse I'm still in the learning process! My favorite one is the "brown flower."

Still trying to take things a little bit further. In the photograph above you can see two half circles meeting each other. The drawing is rubbed out which has a profound impact on the hole. Not really sure I like it but is a very valid sample for my ledger.

Enjoy the start of your week.


Friday, December 9, 2016

Ledger with a story V

Since this ledger is about tartans I also tried to find out some background about it. In the picture above you can see how a tartan can be drawn. More historical information is collected and neatly tucked away in the envelopes made by glueing two pages together.

And this is my first attempt to draw a tartan. 

Have a wonderful weekend.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Update on a different kind of doodle

Stopped with my other projects at hand and went full speed ahead with this one. Both pictures are in b/w again because that seems the best way to excluded the darkness during the day. The fabric and the paper are both white. 

Enjoy your day!


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A different kind of doodle

This new drawing was pinpricked immediately simply because I wanted to see if the idea would work. To photograph white paper with tiny holes in it does not  give a decent picture and therefore the paper is made black digitally. It looks fine to me and so the stitching can start!

Have a wonderful week.


Friday, November 25, 2016

Ledger with a story III

You might think: I have seen that picture before, trust me you haven't. This is another study in embellishing the pinpricked circle. What is different from the first collage of circles? Well, these circles are embroidered with fine wool and none of the circles has buttonhole lace with in the circle. 

The square one is a bit special besides being a square. Look at the picture on the left side of it, in the stitch I went from a small to wide. The square one is vice versa, so here I had a broad base and a small top besides this there is also some pinpricking added. I could play with these kinda motives forever simply because there are endless possibilities. 

Time to move on, time to take another look at the tartan.

Have a great day and I'll see you soon.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Ledger with a story IV

In the start blogpost I wrote: "a tartan is a fabric where a lot of lines are crossing". I don't mean any disrespect to the history of this cloth, in fact I really like the historical content. Still that sentence is important for me to move forward. Today you can see the page I made with coloured pencil and watercolour paint with lines in different colours. My favorite combination at the moment is the blue background with the brown lines.

On the other page I did a stitch study. What I really, really wanted was to make bullion knots in wool and I tried really hard to get that done. But as you can see, I failed. The fibers of the wool are making it impossible for me to pull the thread through without becoming one big lump of wool. Therefore I cut the wool away and did a line with chainstitch, stemstitch and running stitch in braun wool thread. (even the chainstitch gave me a bit of trouble) And the same stitches were also done in blue embroidery floss. 

When all these lines were stitched there was still a little bit of space left and I couldn't resist doing a line of bullion knots in embroidery floss. Just love bullion knots on paper. Still I wasn't happy about this page and therefore I went to a local shop and got myself some blomstergarn. 

Stitched two more rows with bullion knots, one with a single thread and one with a double thread. This add on made it complete for me.

Hope you're enjoying yourself just as much with your projects.

See you.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Flickr challenge

Two weeks ago I started my new Flickr-challenge.

And I have to admit I already failed to take a picture of my work a few times.

Still these three I did take and I really like them for the stories they tell me. 

Have a great start of your week.


Friday, November 18, 2016

The one trick pony-project

Just over two weeks my one trick pony-project started and today I show you the progress I made. All the panels got one or more applique circles and today I tacked all the panels together. It is not the best work I've ever made but it is the first time I used this technique and so I have to cut myself some slack. What I do like about my wrapping cloth is how I used the two piece of cloth, that's my favorite part I guess. 

Now I'm at the point to decide if I want to make pockets in it or not. There is still enough stitching to do, so I'd better get back to work. 

See you.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A ledger with a story II

Last week the story behind my new ledger in the making was told and today you get the second installement. One of the assignments was to embellish a cut out circle. A lot of time this is done with buttonhole lace but I felt that didn't fit with the tartan. I had the lines crossing from the thread sample page and so I used them to embellish my circles. These are all done in embroidery floss, the ones in wool are almost done too. 

Some of the circles I love a lot, while others are ok. To make this I had to learn a few things but in the end it all worked out. Really happy with these, in the back you see pictures from the tartan since I have no cloth to sew in here.

Anyway, have a grand wednesday and I'll see you soon.


Monday, November 14, 2016

Some new books

Found some new books at the library with some really nice working processes. It is always nice to learn something new despite the fact that I don't have time to start another project since my table is swamped with all kinds of projects. 

The book Bøger du selv kan lave is from Arne and Carlos. Found this video in English awhile ago and thought it would be fun to browse through the book as well. Luckily the library had it and so my wish was forfilled.

Wish you an inspirational week and hope that I will finish a number of projects this week, just for the sake of unloading my working table.

Have a great one!


Friday, November 11, 2016

A ledger with a story

A new class started at the start of this month, time for me to give you an up-date on what is happening. The new class is about making a ledger and to incorporate a lot of techniques with paper as the foundation.

Before class started I had already picked out my image. Not just an image but one that hopefully will lead to a lovely present for a friend. This friend is totally nuts about Outlander and therefore I wanted to make something special for her that is inspired by this book and tv-serie. The book is set in historical Scotland and so a lot of tartan fabric is present in the tv-serie which I took as my source of inspiration, more specifically the tartan of James Fraser.

As you probably know, tartans are made of wool and here I met my first challenge since I normally use floss to embroider with. Therefore I decided to make this thread sample, as seen in the picture.
I collected four different kind of threads of which two were wool. Pinpricked all of  the holes,
 thinking I would embroidery horizontal lines on the paper, except the ones for the thick wool thread. Started feeling like I couldn't do the horizontal lines because the chance of ripping the page was to big. Found a solution in embroidering a single cross. I liked the cross a lot and one can say that, although it is oversimplefied, a tartan is a fabric where lots of lines are crossing. 

It was than that I decided that I wanted to embroider crosses on my page. Had four different kind of thread and therefore I wanted to have four different kind of crosses. The holes were already pinpricked in the paper, my boundaries were set. As you can see I manage to come up with four different looking crosses, made also sure that the dividing stitched line had also a cross in the centre, just for the sake of consistency.

Don't think I ever wrote so much about a project as I did today and there is a lot more to come!

Have a fabulous weekend.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

On this day

On this day I only want to hear the words of Mahatma Ghandi

You must not lose faith in humanity. 
Humanity is an ocean; 
if a few drops of the ocean are dirty,
 the ocean does not become dirty.

You must be the change you wish to see in the world 
know that anger and intolerance are 
the enemies of correct understanding
and that the weak can never forgive. 
Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.

First they will ignore you, 
then they laugh at you, 
then they fight you, 
then you win. 

Let your life be your message.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Doodles on monday

This is my latest doodle and I'm very, very excited about it. This weekend has been all about learning and a lot is learned. I'm always over the moon when I learn something that helps me move forward in a more profound way. I see your question-mark-face, don't worry, it will all become clear very soon.

Have a great start of your week.


Friday, November 4, 2016

A new challenge on Flickr

Last week I started with a new challenge to make each a picture of something that I made. 

Already for years I continue this challenge of having a picture a day. 

Most of the time it is a photograph taken while walking around my isle.

These are some of the pictures I took for this challenge.

Hope you enjoyed them.

Have a great weekend.


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The one trick pony-project

For the first time in over a year I started a new cloth-project. The aim of this project is to learn how to do applique's on fabric. In class there is a lot of talk about applique in different shapes, shades and embellishments. I decided to concentrate on this technique and only one shape, the circle. In the picture you can see my first circle.

Enjoy yourself!


Monday, October 31, 2016

Doodles on monday

It's monday again, time to start this week. In today's doodles a sketch of a new project including annotations to make sure I remember what I thought at the start of the project. I have a change of heart fairly often and it is always fun to see how things evolve. 

Enjoy your fresh new week.


Friday, October 28, 2016

French knot doodle

The last few days I filled this doodle with french knots. Always have to do a little project when I get home again, just to find my own footing. What better way than doing french knots on paper?

Have a great, creative weekend and I'll be back on monday.


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A new treasure

My new treasure is a 60 cm long wooden ruler and I'm so happy with it. It was rescued in a thriftshop and it has this lovely curve which without a doubt comes in handy some day. I love to bring home souvenirs like this.

Enjoy your wednesday.


Monday, October 24, 2016

Doodles on monday


Glad to be back in town. You didn't notice it but I was gone for a week and I'm so happy to be back and to get started again. These doodles I made just before I left, liked using the grid on the paper. 

Have a fabulous start of your week.


Friday, October 21, 2016

Ode to Hilma af Klint

A few weeks ago I told you about my latest fascination, Hilma af Klint. As you can see I couldn't  resist the tempation to study her work more closely and put my own twist on it.

My painting skills are in a big need of a brush up and there are some other details that shouldn't be like they turned out but I am happy with the overall result. Simply because as an experiment, a sample, it works totally for me and it gives me enough ideas to move forward.

Let's see where this road leads me.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016


The other day I felt like doing some cross-stitch on cloth and this small sample satisfied my need. Stitching on cloth is different from stitching on paper. Each have their own demands and lovelyness. Did totally enjoy making this after working with paper already for so long.

Hope you are enjoy your autumn holiday too.


Monday, October 17, 2016

Doodles on monday

These are some of the doodles I made the other day. So many doodles end up in just another file which is a shame because they are lovely and they do fuel my creative process.

Time to wish you a week filled with inspiration.


Friday, October 14, 2016

Installation Focus

For a long time the girls in class encouraged me to make an installation with my paper plates. I never said yes or no to it but I had hoped to surprise them with a video of it. 

And so finally the day arrived where there was no wind or so I thought. 

Very excited I started to collect all the goodies and display them on the terrace. But as you probably know, paper plates don't have much weight and therefore some whispers of wind made it impossible to make a video. Simple because there was too much movement of the plates, they didn't want to hang still. I was very disappointed and therefore I stored the pictures in the archive. 

The other day I came across them and realized that I did my best and the pictures were still valid. In this last picture you can see the installation or at least a large part of it.

Hope you enjoyed it despite the fact that there isn't a video.

Have a grand weekend and I'll see you soon.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The fourth page without a twist

The fourth poster for the Easter exhibition is only enlarged. The poem and the pinprick technique are the same. The orginal page in my book doesn't have a backing and this one has a white one, simple as a precaution since pinpricked paper is very fragile. 

This leaves me with one more page to go and finally I have the feeling I'm making progress with the preparations. Time to get back to work.

Have a great day with your creative work.


Monday, October 10, 2016

A new sample

Last wednesday I showed you this sample and this is the follow up on it. This time a very long cord was made with the snoregaffel. When the cord was finished, I acted as if the cord was a thread and used the snoregaffel for the second time. Since I wanted to have a circle I bound the ends together. 

The background is a pinpricked and painted part of a paper plate and like the first sample I used wallpaper for embellishment. The french knots are made of the same thread as the circle. Although it doesn't really charms me a the moment it is a valid sample and therefore I share it with you.

Have a fabulous start of your week.