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!


Monday, May 29, 2017

So, so excited

A little bit late today but I had to finish this beauty. I know you have seen my handkerchiefs before but these are truly special. Made a collage so you can see why I am so excited. The handkerchief on the left is pinpricked out of paper I layered with hexagons and it holds its position due to double-sided tape. The one in the middle is pinpricked in as is the last one but in a different manner which gives a different texture.

Maybe you're thinking why are you so excited? Well, this in-lay-technique is normally used by cutting paper with a knife but I have never seen anyone who used in-lay-pinpricking and so it feels like I invented something new. Maybe I haven't but I'm still very excited about it anyway!

Have a fabulous start of your week!


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Bullion knot ledger

Last week I showed you these samples and I simply loved them. It wasn't the first time that I used bullion knots in an unusual way and so a lightbulb flashed up to make make a ledger with all the variations that were made over the years. 
There are samples in stitched on white, black & white photographs of other ideas with the bullion knot and all collected in a lifestylebook. The book is ringbound which was very helpful to remove all the textpages. The book isn't full yet which is a good thing because there is a big chance that at some point another idea with a bullion knot will pop-up in my head. 

Enjoy the video!


Monday, May 22, 2017

A place to live

For my birthday I got a handmade piece of fabric that was patched together by mrs. Crocodile aka Anneli. I loved it but what was I gonna do with it? One things for sure I didn't want it to end up in my stash and so I decided to make a pouch from it, a home for my ledger. It wasn't a big job, I button holed it together and did a second row of button hole stitch in a different colour. Thought it was appropriate and it was something I'd never done before. And you know what; I'm totally over the moon with it.

In case you're wondering which ledger lives here, take a look.

Enjoy your start of the week!


Friday, May 19, 2017

Ida Lorentzen

A short while ago I came across the work of Ida Lorentzen for the first time and I fell in love. Her work reminds me of Vilhem Hammershøi, a documentary about his life you can see here.

In the video above you can see the house Ida built especially for her paintings, just so that the atmosphere in the paintings is the same as the room they hang in. Totally love that!

Now this blogpost opens with a picture of a small piece I made with one of Ida's paintings as inspiration. It is made out of three layers of paper, started with 6 strands bullion knots, went to four and the last doorpost is made of two strand bullion knots. The floor is pinpricked going from big bold holes to fine holes and the window is a simple two strand running stitch. At first I wanted to give each wall a different stitch but I decided against this, I want to keep it as simple as possible and give the room air to breathe. 

It's something complete different from what I normally do but it truly was lovely to work this way although hard on my fingers at times. 

Have wonderful weekend and no matter what .... Keep stitching!


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A small experiment

Working with the Soul Food colours again on the piece I showed you yesterday inspired me to work a bit more with theses colours again. Had some Mulberry paper blue and purple and some printed text on normal printer paper. Made a composition and embroidered it together with pink. 

The edges of the Mulberry paper are torn, the loop is pinpricked and the hexagon buildingblocks are simply cut out with a pair of scissors. (You had no idea that that was also possible? :-) ) It's a very fragile piece but that's also the charm of it. Mulberry paper is lovely to work with, so I have to think of something else I can do with it.

Have a lovely wednesday!


Monday, May 15, 2017

A gift


Last sunday it was the most beautiful day and I had the chance to sit outside and stitch. It was almost 20 degrees Celsius and hardly any wind, which is a rarity on our isle. 

This piece is created as a gift to my beloved Taurus-sister and since she still loves Soul Food as much as when it was made I decided to make her a special handkerchief in the colours of Soul Food

Happy birthday Lisa

Enjoy your weekend!


Friday, May 12, 2017

Bullion knot samples

Last night I wanted to play with bullion knots and this is what I came up with. A hexagon, a circle and a square filled with a weave of bullion knots. It was fun to do and although a bit more needness needs to be found while practicing, these are wonderful samples to have. 

Enjoy your friday!


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Three flowers follow-up

Last week I showed you the three flowers. Continued working on this idea. In the collage above you can see the result with pretty papers. I used different scissors to cut the paper to add some interest in that way.

After finishing the paper piece I decided to make one more with fabric. This time the fabric was taken all from the same handkerchief, a corner, a sideline and from the center. 

And although there is nothing wrong with the last three samples of these flowers, they don't speak to me like the Outlander flowers do. Therefore I decided to stop this excercise for now. 

Enjoy your week.


Monday, May 8, 2017

Three handkerchiefs

These three handkerchiefs are embroidered on one A3 sheet of paper. They are photographed separately so you can see as many details as possible. At the moment I'm totally in love with the blue one, never used squares before but I can promise you, they will appear again.

Enjoy the start of your week.


Friday, May 5, 2017

Handkerchief with text

This is another piece that I made on paper with a blue wash as a background. This one works for me.

Made also a few pictures while the sun was disappearing again for the night. I really like the pieces of text. It is a different way, for me, to add text to my paper pieces. 

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Three flowers

Made this piece during the weekend and although I still love the idea of doing the three flowers like this,  but I don't like this result. Just realized that I didn't share some pictures with you that were the starting point of this. 

This is from my Outlander-project. You can read or re-read the start of this project here and watch the video of this project here.

There are a couple of differences that can be made, for instance to keep the background white and/or use white thread instead of brown, different fabric or paper. Anyway for me it is back to the start and have another go with this.

Enjoy your wednesday


Monday, May 1, 2017

Window frame

This piece is made to combine my love for windows and carpentry. Haven't made a view for my window yet but the window itself looks great to me and there are a lot of opportunities to extend this idea, changing the shape of the window, the colour, the size. So in future there are lots of wrapping possibilities!

Enjoy the start of your week with some awesome views of spring.


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!