Friday, September 30, 2016

The third page in a twist

The original page in my ledger was made with a total ease. This twist is everything but that. As you can see my collection of a hankie with a knot is still growing. Still working on the pinpricking on the white version. As soon as that is finished I want to make some blue buttons or white buttons with the word memories. All of this takes so much more work than I imagined when I agreed to remake these pages. Oh well, I learn a lot because I accepted this challenge, so it's no use to complain.

Hope you're learning in joy too.


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A new sample

A few weeks ago a stack of books was on my table and a lot of them were by Erica Fortgens. This is my first sample and ofcourse I had to make a little bit different. The result looks fine to me and I will keep it and use this in a future project, if I ever get to that point.

Enjoy your wednesday.


Monday, September 26, 2016

Hilma af Klint

What I really like about the classes of Karen besides creating new possibilities is the fact that all kinds of links are shared by my classmates. This time it was Deanna who came with a link and this led to another trip to the library. This time to pick up a large book with artwork of Hilma af Klint. What I find most fascinating is her use colour and the fact that she didn't want her work to be seen by the public until 20 years after her death. Made also a gallery at Flickr with photographes so you can see the scale of her work.

Have a fabulous start of your week.


Friday, September 23, 2016

Happy days

In the picture above you see the original page in  my ledger and last wednesday I showed you the base of the second page that needed to become a A3 size. What I really love about this page is the stack of pinpricked and embroidered paper plates and therefore I wanted this element to return on the new page. Had no idea how I could do that until I thought about medieval document seals.

In the picture above you can see an old document with such seals and here is some additional information about them, just in case you need it. 

And this is the second page finished and I'm very happy with it. The seals are made from the same paper as the page, the cords are made with my snoregaffel and the lettering is added with doublesided tape. 

Have a fantastic weekend.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Second twist on a ledger page


Seems like I am making bit of progress, thanks goodness. Today I can show you the base of the second ledger page that needed to be transformed into a A3-size one. This is the original page and as you can see it looks already quite different.

With a bit of luck .. that means get to work .. this page will be finished soon.

Enjoy yourself!


Monday, September 19, 2016

Another twist on a ledger page


This is one of the ledger pages I made last year. I was asked to enlarge 5 pages for the exhibition. I thought: Piece of cake. Well turns out, it isn't. Problems: Couldn't get the same paper in A3 format and I couldn't print the text on my A3, 250 gr. paper. And so I was forced to do it differently.

And this is the end result. The text is printed on normal paper, folded and weaved on the page. On the left there is a small strip with a stemstitch line and 7 pinpricked circles instead of the painted piece I have in my ledger. The different pieces are embroidered together to secure it all. Although the thoughts behind the piece are the same it looks very different but that's ok, I guess.

Have a fabulous start of your week.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

The process of a plate

In general I show a finished piece but I decided to give you a peek into my kitchen. The picture above is a plate I made in 2015. For the exhibition I want to do a remake despite the fact that this plate is made in the same thread. My reason for remaking this one is the border. Through the bullion loops of 35 wraps is a single thread woven. Decided that it had to be a cord made with my snoregaffel or lucet. 

Made a plate with bullion knots of 25 wraps and the cord. Turns out, it is way to bulky, everything is so cramped together that the beauty of it gets lost. Time to make another plate with bullion knots. This time they have only 20 wraps and there is space between them. Let's hope it will work.

As you probably can guess, this is all very time-consuming but necessary to make the best plates possible. The bonus is that I learn all I can about things to consider when stitching on a paper plate or piece of paper.

Hope you are enjoy your learning curve as much as I do.


Monday, September 12, 2016

Another batch of books

It seems I'm borrowing a lot of books on the subject paper lately. There is this vague idea in the back of my mind simmering which makes me want to look at a lot of different aspects of working with paper. Sometimes I wonder if I ever will return to cloth again.

Than again I still buy hankies. I simply couldn't resist this very pale blue little one. Maybe I will make an addiction to the Childhood dreams serie or just keep it with all the others, waiting patiently in my drawer.

Time will tell but first it is time to get some other projects done.

Enjoy the start of the week.


Friday, September 9, 2016

Doodles of helleristninger

Earlier this week I wrote already about days without internet, well these were also days with lots of sun. It felt as if finally some summer had arrived in Denmark. Sitting outside I decided to doodle with thread on some pieces of paper. 

These doodles are inspired by the helleristninger I saw in Sweden some years ago. Haven't decided how or when to use them but I do love them a lot. And ofcourse they had to be photographed while the sun went down.

Hope you're having a lovely day too.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

4 plates

Being without internet for a few days proofed to be very productive. The house is sparkling clean and four plates got their make-over. Yes, I decided that the plates that will be in the exhibition need to be re-stitched. This time all in the same thread. When I started with embroidery on plates I used different shades and thickness of thread but using the same thread binds them more together which is important. 

In the left corner below you can see my latest version of using bullion knot differently. Having them linked into one another is a bit time-consuming but so worth it. 

Time to pick up my needle again.


Friday, September 2, 2016

Another batch of buttons

Started from scratch again to find my button for on the big page. This time I made three variations although all are from paper and embellished with bullion knots. Still they look totally different. Painted two buttons blue and added white markings, three buttons with running stitch in blue pen. For the last button I used the same pen but made solid doodles. All the buttons can be attached with a french knot. At the moment I believe that this could work. Time to put all the pieces together and see what more is needed. 

Have a fabulous weekend and let us hope that the sun won't be a stranger in the days to come!