Friday, January 29, 2016

Embroidery on paper

This week is mostly about the book of American Needlework of Rose Wilder. Last tuesday I showed you the pencil versions of it. Since I was totally in love with it I decided to make a stitched version too. I used a stemstitch and lazy daisies for the leafs. It worked out fine and the result is ok but for some reason I'm not really loving it. It doesn't resonate with me and therefore I decided not to make a blue one. First I need to find out what's missing for me.

Thank you for stopping by and have a grand start of your weekend!


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Leaf doodle in stitch

In the book of Rose Wilder of which I talked about last tuesday there were also some stitches I never tried before. To stitch this leaf I combined the feather stitch long armed with the single feather stitch. One could say it is a feather but for me it looks more like a leaf, anyway I really like the result so more leaf/feathers will probably appear in the future.

Enjoy your thursday!


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Prairie points in circle on paper

In the class Sampling for stitch there was some talk about prairiepoints in seams. Since I never did any prairiepoints before I decided to make them with paper and lay them in a pinpricked circle. It worked just fine and I see a lot of possibilities here, so my time was well spent on this sample for my ledger.

Hope your sample of the day will work out too.


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Book of American Needlework

At the library I found this book of Rose Wilder called Book of American Needlework and I took it home. In the collage above you see a few images of it. Do love that chair although one page totally got my attention. Not even the page just a part of the page, made a picture of it and you can see it in the right corner at the bottom.

First I made a drawing of it and although it looks like an easy doodle, let me assure you it took some time to get it right but I loved every minute of it and the result too.

And therefore a green and blue one in watercolour pencil were made. What to do with it? No idea but I love them all the same.

Have yourself a lovely tuesday, enjoy!


Monday, January 25, 2016

Monday's music

Monday morning has arrived again after a warm weekend with lots of snow. Saturday morning we woke up in a winter wonderland but since the temperatures remained above zero most of the snow was gone fairly quickly. Let's ease ourselves into this week with a John Denver song, enjoy the start of your week.


Friday, January 22, 2016

Helleristninger doodles

On this friday I show you some of my latest doodles. They are coloured with watercolour pencils and I really like the fact that I can draw with them and at the same time I get the colour I want and I get a chance "to paint".

I like them both a lot and I might embroider them in Bayeux stitch but I haven't decided really.

Have yourself a wonderful weekend and I'll be back on monday.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

A new bag

In 2012 I made my first bag out of scraps of jeans and it is safe to say: I worn it out. My comfy blue bag was falling to pieces and I knew a new bag was in order. Some time ago I found this placemat in the thriftstore that had a design with seeds of hope and I loved that fabric. At the time I had no idea what to do with it but I bought and kept it anyway. 

So when I was browsing through my stash to find some fabric to make my new bag off the placemat resurfaced and I decided to use it. Separated the back and front. The front was cut through the middle and became the front and back of my bag. The back of the placemat became the closing flap. The rest of the bag is made of vintage linen which was found at a fleamarket as was the red striped fabric. 

The only machine stitch is used to sew the strap and yes, for those who keep count, I broke a needle again which is why I decided to do the rest by hand. The bag is double layered to give it more body/strenght. The only thing that might not work too well but which I totally love is my decision to add the strap with bullion knots but if it falls apart I can fix it. 

So let me know what you do think of my new bag?

Enjoy your thursday.


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Another towel

Maybe you remember this towel, if not click here, since it is the same one as I did in september except this time I made it green. During the holidays I have been looking around for something new that sparks my interest and I would like to do a project with the colours green and blue. Well that's all I know and since I'm still working on my Focus on plate project that's enough. It is really fun to paint and try new things so I'm curious where this road will lead me.

Have a fabulous winter wonderland wednesday.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The journey of Celtic circles continues

Happy Days, my computer is brought back to life. Just before the computer crashed I showed you this Celtic circle and this one.  The pictures of today show you the third finished Celtic circle piece I made. The blue/white cord is made with my snoregaffel or lucet and attached to the paper with bullion knots.

All I wanted during that week of making Celtic circles was making bullion knots and this way I could totally satisfy that need.

The circle is fairly simply but I do love how the large bullion knot circle looks. That's one to remember when I want to do something with a circle. 

Hope you enjoyed seeing this little journey.


Monday, January 18, 2016

Monday's music

Monday has arrived again.

Time to move towards the future.

Have a great start!


Friday, January 15, 2016

Open or closed

This is a very early plate. I was learning to do bullion and french knots on paper. It is fun for me to see how carefully I made this, scared to tear the paperplate. Like yesterday I tried to create an interest and kept part of the applique unattached.

If the computer hadn't broken down I probably would never have shown you this despite the fact that it is a part of my paperplate journey. Not that I'm ashamed of it but getting to know a new material is a road of small steps and here I did for the first time a bullion knot with a french knot and both ends.

Time to wish you a great weekend and keep your fingers crossed that I will have my new computer next week!

Have fun.


Thursday, January 14, 2016

A flower served

This plate was the start of a study which eventually led to this flower. This may not be the most interesting plate. It is a babystep, small and simple and I like the simplicity of the start of the journey.

Have a wonderful thursday in whatever direction you travel.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Connection served on a plate

The plate of today is a special one. Why? Well this symbol is one that means a lot to me and is stopping by time and again. Never seen it before?  You can look here or here or here .. and I'm pretty sure that another number of posts are written about it. 

This time pentagons were used to shape this symbol and I love it. The border is made with long running stitches connected together with a chainstitch ... couldn't make it more appropriate.

Hope it makes you just as happy as it makes me.

Have a wonderful wednesday.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Ramiro Gomez jr.

In our class of Patched Pockets there is a lot of talk of domestic cloth. This video fits in with the subject although there is no cloth to be seen. 

Hope you enjoy it.


Monday, January 11, 2016

Monday's music

A song that fits the weather of the passed week.

Let's see what the new week will bring.



Friday, January 8, 2016

Connections, our safetynet?

When I made this plate made I went through a bullion knot-mania period while thinking about interdependence and the trust that we need to place in people to catch us if we fall. This subject is very often on my mind and I find it one of the hardest things to do. Maybe it's one of the downfalls being an introvert since it takes me a very long time to ask for a hand although I'm very willing to lend one. For me asking is placing trust in others, giving is confidence in myself and therefore two totally different things. Oh well I need some more time to ponder since I haven't found the solution to it, yet.

Have a fabulous weekend!


Thursday, January 7, 2016

A journey on a plate

No new ledgerpage for you today but another plate which I made already some time ago. Why? Well I decided that this project needs to come to a close. This decision was made during the holiday season therefore I uploaded the pictures of the remaining plates. Which turns out to be my good luck because my computer died. My old trusted friend has left and that means I no longer can upload pictures since the other computers in the house are gaming computers and not storage space for my photographes.

Still I can continue this journey for a little while longer and hopefully a new computer will arrive shortly.

Have  a great thursday.


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Focus on wednesday

This plate is very special in its simplicity. It tells you about my curiosity, about the way I work and the person I am. Never thought I could describe my life, my journey with such a simple elegance.

Have a lovely wednesday filled with your thoughts and work.


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

My love for history

Some time ago I found this video, was taken by it due to the fact that it combined history and the process of handmade.

Hope you will enjoy it too.


Monday, January 4, 2016

Monday's music

Happy 2016 for all my sisters.


Friday, January 1, 2016

Celtic circles

Yesterday I showed you the plate with the Celtic circle and I have to admit I got a bit sidetracked. Made two pages with circles. The outlay is the same but I played around with different stitches and different textures.

Maybe this will become a mini-serie of Celtic circles, maybe not. For now I just enjoy these two pages and we'll see what 2016 will bring.