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 I don't mean any disrespect to the history of this cloth, in fact I really like the historical content.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!