Friday, April 28, 2017

A new beginning

Got myself  A3 unbleached paper. It is the same as the white paper I normally work on, so in that aspect not different, although it does give a different outcome. I'm thinking overlays with this paper at the moment, we'll see how it progresses. 

Besides working with the unbleached paper I also pinpricked out the middle of a number these pølsebakken. Two are already embroidered.

This technique I already used twice before, no. 1 and no. 2. The difference is the shape of the background and how that influences the outcome. 

This technique to mimick a corset was also used on a paper plate but as it turns out I only shared that with the Private Embroidery group on Flickr. I wished I could buy sheets of this paper plate paper. What would be the name in the shop? No idea but I do know that I love to embroider on it!

Have a great weekend.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

One final post about the exhibition

Approaching the exhibition I thought I was well prepared but despite that thought I had a very busy week leading up to the exhibition. 

Luckily I got my table from the attic on monday just to see how things would look combined. I realized it needed some colour and blue was the very obvious choice. And since I just had learned about the Belle point de Venise cinq point I decided to use that stitch. Not the most easiest of stitches with two strands of embroidery floss, still I managed. 

And this beautiful picture of Julie shows the end result. I really loved my two tables, one with a visual dinner to sit around and one take-away dinner. 

Participating in this exhibition was a lovely journey of learning. Building an installation in a sporthal is different than making one for myself in the garden, different but just as enjoyable. 

Enjoy your wednesday.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Stitched at the exhibition

During the exhibition I had a few hours to do some stitching and therefore I decided to try the new stitch Belle point de Venise cinq point around a plate. When I came full circle I liked the idea but really also needed to find out how it would work with the borders I created on the plates previously. 

The Belle point de Venise cinq point has definitely an impact on the plate. Now I have to decide whether or not this is a way forward. Which might sound like an easy decision but to me it isn't since I like space in my work and this stitch closes all in but it does give a nice edge. 

Decisions, decisions, there is always one to make.

Enjoy the start of your week!


Friday, April 21, 2017

A bit more about the exhibition

The week before the exhibition my eldest son asked why I used all kinds of material but never the small pieces of chainmaille that he made because he thought that would be so cool. I said I would give it a go but that they might be too heavy. In the collage above you can see the result of that experiment.

While gathering and packing all the stuff for the exhibition I came across a number of samples that never were explored further. There was still one piece of mountboard left and I laid them on it. I looked alright to me and so I decided to take it with me. My idea was to lay it flat.

When I saw the space to was assigned to me I realized I had to hang it. Luckily it was doable although the composition had to be changed. All these samples were created without thinking on how I could use them, just for the fun of it but they worked together fine.

So chainmalle added to paper is very well possible and I guess you'll be seeing more of it in the future.

Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Where do I start?

The exhibition has come to an end. So many things happend but where do I start with writing it all down? The picture above is made by husband just before the exhibition opened. When I came in and saw all that space to fill I had a small panic-attack thinking I didn't have enough ... luckily I still had a lot of of stuff at home.

The rest of the pictures are made by Julie. Julie drove up to my little peninsula just to see the exhibition and I am so happy she did. It was absolutely fantastic to see her again and catch up again. 

Lots of people stopped by during this 5 day Easter exhibition and they agreed all on one thing: It looked definitely different. 

Love this collage of these plates. Being part of this exhibition has definitely been a interesting experience. I'm still trying to gather my thoughts so I just leave you with this blogpost but without a doubt there will be more.

Have a great week.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Gentle protest

I know, I know, it seems like video week here but I simply can't help it. I have to share this with you, it simply too important to not mention this project.

More episodes to come!

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, April 6, 2017


The other day I stumbled on this idea of using driftwood to hang some knitwork. There is a lot of driftwood laying around in the house and therefore I couldn't resist to make my own little piece.

Just having fun ... 

Hope you're enjoying yourself too with your projects.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Belle point de Venise cinq point

Last weekend Jennifer Collier had a picture of the Belle point de Venise cinq point on her Fb-page. It looked more than lovely and so I had to find out how to do that. Googled extensively but couldn't find a good instruction, an instruction I could read. Therefore I called out to Deanna because Deanna's knowledge is huge and she also makes lace. Deanna went out hunting for information but in the meantime Jennifer came to the rescue and made a small video. 

Since information was so hard to find I decided to make a little video too and put it on YouTube so everyone can benefit. 

Happy stitching and sharing!


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Pouring into bowls

Last week I showed you two similar watercolour paintings. This time the word connection is poured into a bowl. Since I didn't like the black outlining in the previous one's I decided not to outline these two. The consequence is that the pencil lines remain visible but that can't be helped. 

I really enjoyed making this small series and I might continue working on it when a new idea for a small but significant chance pops into my head.

Enjoy your day!


Monday, April 3, 2017

A post filled with video's

Today I have a number of video's for you. I saw them earlier this week and since they gave me stuff to think about, I want to share them with you. 

These three video's come from this article.

and I never mind hearing Elizabeth's five cents .. :-)

and the last video of today is the longest but Malcolm does need to have his say too!

Have a great start of your week!


Thursday, March 30, 2017



In an attempt to add more colour to my work I did these two colourstudies. They were a lot of fun to do and at the same time gave me the opportunity to play with different colours and shapes. All the treads are of blomsteryarn which fitted really well with the watercolours.

This probably will be my last post of this week since the gardening season has started again which takes a lot of time and energy out of my daily schedule.

Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you monday again.


Monday, March 27, 2017


As you can see the Josephine knot, the meeting place, is still having a hold on me. The piece embroidered in Bayeux stitch is now stitched in a ledger and accompanied by some watercolour painting. 

After finishing the first watercolour I wanted to do another one with some variations. This is probably not the last one I will paint.

Have a great start of your week!


Friday, March 24, 2017


The other day I saw on Fb button books made with real buttons and with button illustrations in them. Well I didn't have large buttons in my stash but I had these wooden circles and in my mind that would work too. Drawing illustrations is not my strong suit and therefore I made a book with printed words and one with tiny pieces of embroidery.

I think, they look cute as a button. What do you think?

Have a fabulous weekend!


Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Wanted to make another page with the word Focus. Might use it in the exhibition or maybe not .. making decisions seems a bit difficult at the time but I'm sure things will work out in the end. 

Made a similar page some months ago and there I removed the inner-circle. At the moment I'm still contemplating on whether or not of doing that again and therefore I haven't removed it yet. Nevertheless I do like the end result as it is and so I'm happy to show you this page.

Have a wonderful wednesday!


Monday, March 20, 2017

Three dimensional embroidery

This monday I want to tell you about this wonderful book. It not only shows different project but also gives instructions. So if this book happens to be on the shelve of your library ... take it home!

Enjoy the start of your week!


Friday, March 17, 2017

The Ashley book of knots III

Like in the previous two post's the topic is the Josephine knot which I call the meetingplace. It seems almost like an obsession to make another one, time after time. The meetingplace of today is embroidered on linen with cotton blomsteryarn in a Bayeux stitch. When ready it felt that it needed something else and therefore I decided to add a circle.

The circle is in a stemstitch with the two colours together. Now I really love this piece of embroidery although I have no idea what it will become, probably remains a sample like the other ones.

Have a great start of your weekend and I'll see you next week at our meetingplace.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Ashley book of knots II

As I told you last monday I'm trying to find a way to use the Josephine knot in a meaningful way. In the picture above you can see that I made a brown and a blue cord with my snoregaffel/lucet.

This made me think of making a paper plate with a Josephine knot. Again some cord was made, and after the knot was created, it was couched onto a plate. Which gave me the idea of making a bullion knot border with cords.

While creating this border I realized that I really missed making bullion knots on paper, it is simply wonderful to do. So I enjoyed this little addiction to the fullest.

Have a great wednesday!


Monday, March 13, 2017

The Ashley book of knots

Got this book from the library after it was mentioned by Deanna on Fb. It is a wonderful source to find the right knot, some are simple to create, others very difficult. Anyway this made me go on a little journey with the Josephine knot. I stumbled on this knot earlier while creating the Outlander ledger but this time there were more samples made. 

In the collage you can see the Josephine knots that I created in different media: Blomstergarn, Sharpies, Fine-liners, watercolour paint and a pattern in pencil. Nothing really sparked something that made me continue to explore that road but somehow the idea of meeting place, as I call the Josephine knot, isn't leaving me alone. 

And so I made one more, a pinpricked version. And although all look fine, there need to be more.
But what? Hope to tell you soon.

Enjoy your week!


Friday, March 10, 2017

Ledger of inspiration

Although the main idea of the ledger is finished now comes the even more fun part. To take ideas from it and work with them, change things around. This is the first attempt. The inspiration is taken from Richard Sweeney-page. 

What do you think, is this a good way forward?

Have a lovely day.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Ledger of inspiration video

The main part of this ledger is now ready and it contains lots of information and inspiration. The video is rather long because it contains not only the pages you have already seen but also all the extra's. 

Enjoy yourself.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Ledger of inspiration

For today's work I looked to the textile work of Louise Bourgois. Louise was a painter and sculpture who also made some series in textile. The fabrics she used reminded me of some of the handkerchiefs I used on the other pages. 

On this page I "build" a wall and added a quote of Randy Pausch

To transform the wall in to an opportunity I thought of experiences being building blocks. These hexagon building blocks I have used before and so everything works neatly together.

Hope you enjoyed this post.


Monday, March 6, 2017

Ledger of inspiration

The artist featured today is Jim Houser. He is a painter who lives in Philadephia. I know of his work already for a long time and find it always very inspirational. As a matter of fact a piece I made, called Cool Blues which was inspired by his work, was my very first blogpost. So he had to be included in this ledger too. 

Have yourself a wonderful start of a new week. 


Friday, March 3, 2017

Ledger of inspiration

The two pages of today are very similar as the ones made in class. Somehow they have an elegant feel, at least to me. They were fun to make, used handkerchiefs as fabric again and the buttons are made with a piece of card and some fabric. Love to make my own buttons.

Enjoy your weekend!


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Ledger of inspiration

Richard Sweeney is today's artist who work is the source of inspiration. Almost two years ago now I "met" Richard on YouTube. When I saw his work hanging on the wall behind him, while he was introducing himself, all I could think was if I could fold something like that and embellish it with embroidery. I gave the folding a short try but I was too excited and totally unfocused. The paper plates became a substitute, although not nearly as beautiful as his artwork but nevertheless I worked on the Focus-series for almost two years. 

So ofcourse he had to have his own pages in the ledger. The first picture shows a small folded piece and each fold is watercoloured. The pictures two and three are pinpricked. The whole is three pages, two pages with each its colour and one page pinpricked which can be laid on the blue or brown page.

Ofcourse I give you also the video that made such a huge impression and I hope you take the time to watch it.

Have a wonderful thursday!


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A sweet treasure found

At a thriftshop I found this old book about painting on china. Not that I want to start on a total new project but some lovely watercolour paintings were in the book. I photographed the pages I most liked and strangely, uhum, they are all in blue. I probably will use them in a collage or something. 

I tried to find out about the woman who painted these fragile beauties but since this book is printed over 50 years ago and she wasn't that well-known, no information about her is available on the net. 

Have a great wednesday.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Ledger of inspiration

Today's inspiration will hardly surprise anyone since I wrote about her already a few times and used her work as source too. 

Just in case you haven't guessed who it is, it is Sheila Hicks

Ofcourse I also have some video's for you.

And if you feel you want to see more, you can always visit here.

Enjoy yourself.