Saturday, October 14, 2017

So excited!

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.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Another handkerchief

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. 

Time to start doodling again.

Have a wonderful creative tuesday!


Friday, October 6, 2017

Changed my mind ... again!

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.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Back in town

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.

Have a grand day!


Friday, September 1, 2017



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! .. :-)

Have a wonderful weekend.


Friday, August 18, 2017

Another booklet

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. 

Enjoy your weekend!


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Another idea became reality

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.

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A shirt of memories X

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.

Time to start hanging out with my needle again.


Friday, July 7, 2017

Bullion knot journey

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.

Have a grand summer.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A bullion knot journey

On the 10th of May 2015 I photographed my first series of bullion knots on paper, in this case a paper plate.  At that moment I followed a design class from Karen Ruane and I wanted to challenge myself. Still remember being oh so nervous to rip the paper but strangely enough it didn't. This fact was a huge encouragement to keep trying, it became one of the main features of my first exhibition with lots of plates with knots. 

After the exhibition it was time to create some new work. Didn't have a plan and so I decided to create a ledger or two simply to gather information and to find a new spark. The Outlander ledger and the ledger of inspiration came to live with me but I missed playing with the bullion knots. To remedy that the bullion knot ledger That's wrap was created. I thought this would be enough to satisfy my bullion-knot-neediness and a new project A shirt of memories was started. I'm still working on it and no worries this one will be finished but my love for doing bullion knots on paper needed another feed. 

Two weeks ago I got a new idea had to make a sample and I loved it. Which is ofcourse wonderful but not when you're working on a project that hasn't a lot of bullion knots. So last friday I simply had to make a start with a new bullion knot project. It is big. How big? well the paper is A3 and when finished it will be largely filled. 

Here you can see the result of my flying start of this weekend, 8 legs created with bullion knots folded into each other. Needless to say I am over the moon. Love this process, the wrapping and carefully laying down of each knot and the magic of something new appearing in front of me. 

So what's the lession learned? Just keep playing with your favorite stitch and some magic may happen. 

What is your favorite stitch and how do you challenge yourself with it? Would love to see or hear about your ideas.

Have a grand wednesday and remember; Enjoy your stitching!


Monday, July 3, 2017

A shirt of memories IX

A suitcase packed so many times for all kinds of trips and travel destinations that it truly deserves a spot on this shirt. 

In March 2016 I got the chance to visit an exhibition with work of Sheila Hicks and I totally loved it, as you probably know when you're following this blog. Here you can see some of the pictures I took and here are some video's of her work. I hope it will inspire you too.

Have a great start of your week.


Friday, June 30, 2017

A shirt of memories VIII

Almost 13 years ago I found out that my oldest son and I had coeliakie. A disease that requires a life-long special diet without the possibility to cheat. At the start it was a steep learning curve. Now it is just as normal as can be with the advantages and disadvantages it brings with it. 

This piece stands for the years I trained and was trainer in taekwondo. It learned me a lot and because of that I'm glad I spent my time there. One could say both memories are about perseverance.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017


These four books are right beside my chair for the moments that need to be filled with something interesting to read or look at, to learn or be inspired by. I feel so lucky that the library provides such a huge collection of books in different languages just to be picked up. 

Hope you too find some interesting summer reading.


Monday, June 26, 2017

New samples for my bullion knot ledger

A new idea popped into my head and I thought I'd give it a try. They are a new step for an idea that I already have for years but never thought I could make it. Slowly but surely it seems like I'm getting there after all. Happy days ...

Have a great start of your week.


Friday, June 23, 2017

A shirt of memories VII

Today I have a collage of pictures for you since so many new parts of the shirt are ready. Will give you a quick walk through: L&J are the first letters of my boys names. The little car is a representation of the car I went with to Austria many, many years ago and til this day give me the giggles when I tell about the adventures it gave us. (Even writing this sentence makes me smile). 
The shoe is for all the hiking adventures and who can live without books? .. Not me. The deer ran me almost over when our dog Dikkie was chasing it. I lived on Helgenæs at the time and that was the first time I moved to Denmark. 
The moustache is for the kindest man who gave me a home when I didn't have one and I couldn't resist to make one for my nickname amoung my bloggyfriends, the little elephant. 

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


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A shirt of memories VI

Since I moved to Denmark twice and now already living eleven years on my Danish peninsula means that a new symbol needed to be made. Yes, this one is for Denmark!

During Easter 2017 I had my first exhibition and I made a couple of seals with paper plates. This one mimicks them because it was a very interesting experience. 

This one is also an oldie. Yes, you guessed right, this one also appeared on Soul Food. Can you remember what it meant? This one is for my dear husband. He is a chemical engineer and if you check the periodic table you know how precious he is for me.

Enjoy your weekend.


Monday, June 19, 2017

A shirt of memories V

Babysteps! ... Who doesn't make them daily!

On my Soul Food cloth this symbol also found its place. The mystery of life but one I can always count on and so I had to make one for this shirt too. 

My love for helleristninger is no secret and this one is probably my favorite one. This one is doodled, painted, stitched and pinpricked more than any other one.

Have a great start of your week.


Friday, June 16, 2017

A shirt of memories IV

This little bat is a very personal symbol that I doodled while being on the phone with a dear friend. Our friendship came to an end, the memories and this little bat are the only happy reminders.

The last one of this week are my blocks of life simply because living is building with the blocks of experience, talents and passion.

That leaves me to wish you a great weekend filled with sunshine and I'll be back on monday.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A shirt of Memories III

This symbol was created first in 2011 and through the years I made all kinds of different versions. It symbolizes the start of a relationship.

This jug isn't around that long, still it is one of my favorites. It symbolizes giving to me and that's part of everyone's life.

That's all for today.

Enjoy yourself.


Monday, June 12, 2017

A shirt of memories II

 At the moment I'm stitching and stitching and stitching. The picture above is the Ægishjálmr symbol. The meaning of it is protection and like every other human on this planet I too have times in which protection was/is needed.

Captured my little heaven, sitting outside with a cup of tea and some pieces of embroidery. The one in the middle was ready. It means being part of a community, a connection between people and as you guess there are numerous memories locked in this one.

In the other photograph you could see I started a tulip and here is the end result. This is my symbol for the years I lived in The Netherlands and for being Dutch.

Well that's all for now. Hope you do enjoy all these small embroideries on paper. 

Have a great week.


Friday, June 9, 2017

A shirt of memories

The leaf-symbol is one that keeps coming around. It reminds me of my eye-haemorrhage, it is a perfect symbol for the time when I lost one of my twins and when a door was closed behind me never to be opened again at 19. Therefore I chose to combine these three experiences. Each leaf is in a different stitch, stemstitch, back- and running stitch.

The seven stands for the influence everyone of us has on the next 7 generations. For example the habits we have and pass on to our kids, our values and daily actions. Used pinpricked insert-collage with a running stitch around it to embellish it. 

Have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

A new project: A shirt of memories

The other day I was thinking about memories in general and below you can read some of the notes I made. 

Memories, we all have them. They have a big influence on our daily existence, they are the starting point of habits, maybe one could even say: they are the foundation of our life. As a newborn baby we have a clean slate but experiences teach us how to manoeuvre between the wishes and needs we have and the rules of society. 
Memories can be a great source of information when it comes to ones strenghts and weaknesses since it provide sufficient examples in all kinds of situations. Still they can also be a trap especially when a person hands out a label, a sticky note and you accept it at the given moment. It becomes nasty when it is never questioned, if one never take their view of life, their values or their state of mind in consideration. 
Memories are like an invisible shirt one always wears.

After rereading these notes they felt like a good enough start for a new project and in the photograph above you can see the start of it. I'm very excited and look forward to lots of hours of stitching and pondering about this subject.

Enjoy your wednesday.


Monday, June 5, 2017

Another pouch

You probably remember this pouch of which I got the base as a present. Well, just over a week ago we went for a few days to Germany and just before we left I decided to make pouch for my Bullion knot ledger, It's a wrap. So every chance I got I was adding scraps of cloth. In the collage picture you can see the end result. It is a bit, in another words way, too long but that doesn't bother me. I'm happy with the end result.

Have a great start of your week!


Friday, June 2, 2017

Pinprick crazy

The last few days I have been working with pinpricking and thinking how I can develope this technique further.  The two pieces in the pictures are the ones I like best. 

Have a great start of your weekend!