Monday, November 27, 2017

Finally


It is well over two years since I joined the class Wrapped and bound in stitch. 


Finally I can tell you that I finished this project.


Is it so big? Nope, just 53 x 65


Why did it take so long? I had to use the sewing machine.



But in the end I did finish it and it will become a lovely gift to a dear friend.

Enjoy!

Elizabeth

Just a stitch


Just a small reminder for my archive. A double cross-stitch, easy to do and it gives a lot of texture. The light in this picture wasn't fantastic and therefore I turned it into a black and white one. 

Enjoy yourself.

Elizabeth

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Buttonhole stitch books


Two small books are ready. The buttonhole stitch is the main stitch but used in different ways. 
These booklets are made just to try to expand my understanding of the stitch and push the envelope in the use of this stitch. 


Enjoy yourself

Elizabeth

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A surprise visit


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.

Elizabeth

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A little diversion


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! :-)


Enjoy your week.

Elizabeth

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Barking mad


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. 

Enjoy your thursday!

Elizabeth