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!