Yesterday I went to a local ice-sculpting festival and got the chance to make these detailpictures. So rich in colour and textures, they made me very happy, even the artist who was still working on it noticed it. The artist is Susanne Ahrenkiel, you can find more about her here.
A discussion reminded me of my plates and that there was one plate I hadn't made yet. Last September this piece and when it was finished I thought about using the leg technique on a plate.
And so I started immediately to make that plate, love bullion knot projects. But after the third bullion knot I realized that it wouldn't work in the same way. Now I could have discarded the little project or restart and make the bullion knots even larger. These are 60 wraps long.
Instead I fastened the third one on the plate and restarted the next one. The result you can see in the pictures, I am totally happy with it. The plate looks very different than planned, still I love this border.
And so it became a succesful revisit of my paper plate project.
Lavender was on my mind when I dyed some cotton with an elderberry dye. I don't dye that often but being out and about collecting elderberry while walking on my favorite paths here on my isle felt very satisfying. And I love the different shades that came out of the process.
Decided to use some of the dyed fabric to make lavender sachets. Not that special but it is lovely to make something that simple and useful.
Five pieces are now making my clothes smell like ... lavender! :-)
The title of this post makes me smile as does my latest book. Yes, another book and this time with pieces of bark that I collected during the summer. For years trees and their texture have been a wonderful subject to photograph. It isn't the first time that I use wood and so in this year of Making an artist book I felt that it would be an interesting challenge to make a Bark book.
The piece of bark on the cover is a small one. I drew the contour of the piece and pinpricked the shape a little bit smaller so the bark will stay under the paper. The sides of the paper are also pinpricked, just to add that little bit extra texture.
This piece is a lot bigger and also thicker but it works fine this way.
This is a long thin strip of bark which didn't give any problem whatsoever while being sewed in.
This is a large piece with lots and lots of texture, in other words a yummy page. :-)
This is the thickest piece of them all and ofcourse I chose the thinnest part to sew it in. All in all it didn't give me much problems to which surprised me. Each signature with bark is sewed together with Kettle stitch and this was the new element for me since I never did a bookbinding stitch before.
I love my new book, it has great textures and it gives me new opportunities.
A new post for my creative archive after a week of spending time in the Netherlands. I was totally ready to come home again and since there was lots of laundry I had lots of time to swing my needle, my main chore was being done by machines.
In the previous post this new thread was introduced and I'm still over the moon with it.
While doing the bullion knots and trying to figure out the best way to do this I thought; starting to embroider with a new kinda thread, wool no less, is like starting a new relationship. One, me in this case, need to find out what are the possibilities, what are the pros and cons and do I want to make the effort to get to know my new thread. Questions that can also be asked when a new person enters your life too. For me these little thoughts are funny and add to a feeling of being happy and content.
In my previous post I already told you that I returned to my old love, helleristninger. I have hundreds of pictures made while visiting places where they are still visible but also photographs of books. I just love to look at these drawings in stone.
This photograph was found in a book from P.V. Glob, Helleristninger i Danmark. Since I am so taken by this stone I decided to take some elements from it and use them in a different way.
This was my start and I only took one detail and with the use of the template I made I could paint and prick these. But what could I do more with it? While thinking about it I remembered a card I bought last summer. This card was the cover of a magazine and was painted by Karin Larsson.
The attraction is the layering in the card and so that was what I wanted to try. The work I made so far had a female feel to it and I wanted to keep that. There aren't many helleristninger with women but I saw one in Tanum.
Made another template that was inspired by the first picture, the card and the picture above.
I really like the result although I wished I had put the yellow drawing a little bit lower. My mind started asking what about stitching? Didn't want to use embroidery floss since that has always a bit shine to it and blomstergard is very thin. Time to go shopping.
Came home with these two beauties which normally are used for crochet or knitting. The woman behind the desk was more than surprised when I said I wanted to embroider with it. The blue one is wool with cotton blend, the green one wool with silk. But I simply had to give it a try because I loved these colours. And I was planning a small sample but ....
I found a long strip of paper and so the sample became a bit bigger. As you can see it is possible to make bullion knots with a wool blend on paper. The blue one gave no problems whatsoever, the green thread broke a few times but not that often that it became a hassle. The green bullion knots are not so defined as the blue ones due to the silk snippets that are in the thread. And probably needless to say but I will say it anyway: I love it!
There are still loads of possibilities swirling around and so it is time to get back to work and enjoy myself big time. Btw, did you find the two elements I used from the first photograph in the stitched sample?
Time to wish you a wonderful and most of all a creative weekend.
My love for helleristninger isn't a secret since I talked and used them in my work a fair number of times and it seems that I'm back with my old love.
It is now almost two years ago that I made my first handkerchief and did make a couple of them since than. Similar shape but each time totally different. Today I used an old photograph from a stone found on Vivebrogård in Himmerland. The marks from the stone are transferred onto my drawing of the hankie. Added the colours with water-colourpencils and carefully put a wet brush over it. After letting it dry the running stitch is added so the folds/lines remain visible.
I love it and it will become an appreciated addition to my ledger.
Last time I told you about the decision to make an artists book. Well it turned out that my urge for pockets was stronger.
In the collage above you can see the different pages that I made. All the material is from old jeans, my husband discarded shirts, handkerchiefs and some cloth that I dyed years ago with avocado peels. In other ways a fun project for recycle materials.
Maybe you have a hard time to find the 5 pockets so I'll show in another collage.
Heartsong is a special word for me and in these pockets I plan to keep special stories and quotes. As you can see some have already landed there. Loved working on this project and I hope to enjoy it for a long time.
Have a great weekend and keep swinging your needle.
More than three weeks ago I posted for the last time. It was not my intention to do such a large hiatus but it couldn't be helped. So what did I do? Well in the meantime the kitchen is painted, as is the entrance and the bedroom by me and ofcourse there had to be done also some decluttering in the process next to all the normal stuff to run this household. Besides this I've been in bed with a fever for a couple of days. Yes that's worth mentioning since I can't remember when I spent full days in bed due to being sick. All in all there was little time for swinging my needle.
On the bright side of things I found these again tucked away in a bag. A little lightbulb switched on when I remembered this video and this article.
Since I also signed up for another class of Karen Ruane called Artists book I thought this could become the cover of my artists book. Despite the fact that we should be thinking about the content of the book, not about pages and covers are totally not on the menu yet. Yes, I am an expert on following instructions. (lol) Not only will this become my cover but it is also another experiment for my bullion knot ledger.
And here is my cover. It is 12 cm x 19 cm and bullion knots are used to make a closing. Not sure about the braided string. A final decision need to be made about that when the content is in the book.
Well I'm glad to be back and hopefully with more time for my creative endeavours in the time to come.
It's been two weeks since I last wrote a blogpost. No, I wasn't on holiday, I was actually working really hard. Every year when we get back from our annual trip the weeds have taken over the garden and so I spent lots of hours weeding. In the evening I knitted as fast as I could. Knitting, why? Well some months ago I showed you my Ægishjámur on paper. This large piece of paper was still laying around and was getting dog-eared. Therefore it urgently needed a background to protect it.
In the photograph you can see the end result. I knitted to pieces and crocheted them together, before closing I put a piece of black painted piece of wood in it. Got rid of the dog-ears by pinpricking all around, sewed it on and voila .. a new textile painting was born. Really happy with the result. Now one more UFO to finish, the Shirt of memories. Wish me luck! .. :-)
A few days ago I told you about my first folded book and how much I loved it. Because of that I had to give it another go. This time the cover is from an old shirt of my husband. The two kinds of grey wallpaper and the metal pieces added, at least for me, to a male feeling.
Overall things worked out just fine and I'm happy with the result.
Just before I went on holiday I had this idea but it had to wait til I returned. It is a "book" that folds out. In it are three pieces, one with ripped paper and a piece of nålebinding with very crude wool, one with pinpricked paper woven with the same wool and the last one is cut paper with some needlelace on top. All of it is put on one large piece of paper that folds into three.
Another contrast is added by backing it with handwoven vintage linen. The cord is made with my snoregaffel (lucet) and a button to finish it off. This piece of vintage linen fitted absolutely perfectly as a contrast, gives has such a fantastic used feeling to it.
Yes, I'm back in town. The last three weeks I was in Sweden on our annual camping trip. It was glorious. Hiking, swimming in the lake and visiting the house's of three famous Swedish artists: Anders Zorn, his Gopsmore cottage and Zorngården in Mora and Lilla Hyttnäs, the house of Carl and Karin Larsson in Sundborn.
I'm still in the process of looking at pictures and publishing them on Flickr. Therefore I only have a link to the album of the Gopsmore cottage of Anders Zorn. Probably by the end of the week the rest of the pictures you will be able to find there too.
Last wednesday my blogpost was about bullion knots and a new project I started with these little knots. In this project called Ægishjálmur I combined the variation you see above together with two other ways of using this stitch. The funny thing is I can still remember how excited I was when I first made this one on a plate, a true eureka moment for me.
As you probably know I really, really like helleristninger. The photograph above is taken in 2012 on Aspeberget in Bohuslän, Sweden and I used it to make a background design for the Ægishjálmur.
And this is my new piece of paperwork and I absolutely love it. I wished that the paper had been a bit bigger so I could make the legs a bit longer but that's the only thing I would change. Within a week I layed 328 bullion knots made with 50 wraps, as I wrote to a friend, I must be mad but I loved every minute of it.
The whole process of making is photographed and that material has become a little video so you can see how the piece evolved.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I did stitching this project. Time to sign off for a few weeks and enjoy time with my family and hopefully a lot of sunshine.