Saturday, October 13, 2018



A lot of work has been done the past few days. One of things that happend was watching this video of Arne & Carlos. Finally I found a way of quilting that was even doable for me. And so I had to start immediately, ofcourse. Those who follow my blog for some time know of my absolute non-talent around the sewing machine but I truely believed I could do it and simply set myself to work. Never mind that my thread kept on snapping, that I had to start over a couple of times, that another needle broke or that I became totally exhausted from the anxiety that the lot caused because a beautiful block of 30 x 30 cm's was the result after a few hours of wrestling. 

This small piece was made to relax. Don't like the frame that much but I do like the work I made. 

And some good news I think I found the answers to some of the questions I gave myself. Which means that very soon I can stitch again in the evenings in a very productive manner ... So looking forward to that. 

Enjoy your autumn and I will be back soon.


Monday, October 8, 2018

For the love of lines

While trying to find a new road to travel I decided to combine some inspiration from Agnes Martin and my love for lines. First two layers of gesso were applied, lots of time disappeared because of the drying. Than I drew the grid on the back, pinpricked the holes and stitched the paper.  After that I applied the colour. It looks really nice, very calming, unfortunately the work didn't really excite me and the colours are ok.

Better find another project, soon!

Have a lovely evening!


Friday, October 5, 2018

A change in the air?

It wasn't the most productive week this week. A lot of hmm. When I said yes to participate in the Easter exhibition 2019, I knew I wanted to build the exhibition around Soul Food. This meant a return to the colours, blue, pink and purple. For a long time these were my favorite colours, I even thought they still were. But I'm struggling with them since the start of the preparation, they don't excite me as much as they used to do. 

Luckily, I have an idea in which direction I want to go as soon as I know what kind of colour will make me happy. So for now I'm just playing around with paper ideas, my journal and lots of different colours. 

Enjoy your weekend!


Friday, September 28, 2018

Playing with paper II

Ofcourse there also need to be a blue page in this ledger and here it is. I really like this embroidered piece because there are so many story-telling elements in it. 

Totally love these two pages. The doodle drawn as precisely as I could together with the handspun wool makes a truly interesting combination. However the page with the knitted, handspun woollen thread did create a problem. My book was totally unable to close. I had to do something about that other than taking the knitted sample out.

My solution was to take out the remaining pages except for one and paint them. This way a stock of paper is ready to be used and the book can now close, well almost 

A rubber band is still needed but this way I can safely store the pages that are in the book. No worries at all and no waste of paper either.

Enjoy your weekend and your special quirks. :-)


Thursday, September 27, 2018


Image result for Hamonshu

Sometimes something very special ends up in one's mailbox, mine in this case. Three Japanese books called Hamonshu. In these books a study of waves in drawing can be seen. Very special. Ofcourse there are more images, so here is the link.

Image result for Hamonshu

Why do I like this book so much. Well, it is like the book of A. Boogert, the watercolour book, someone, a long time ago, spent their time making something beautiful and we can still draw inspiration from their amazing work. This is their seed as May Sarton would say.

The quote from May, for those who are not familiar with it.

"I would like to believe when I die that I have given myself away like a tree that sows seeds every spring and never count the loss, because it is not loss, it is adding to future life."

Have a lovely evening and keep sowing seeds!


Playing with paper

The last few days I've been playing with paper while trying to wrap my head around an idea.

These are some of the pages that were made in the process. Do you notice the change in colour? Was kind of surprised by it myself. :-)

This book was also on my desk. Didn't use it because too many special tools and ink, etc. were needed. Or one could say: My array of painting stuff is rather small and I didn't want to dash to a shop because I've already enough problems with where to put what! 

Hope you are enjoying yourself too.


Saturday, September 22, 2018

Bark book no. 2

The second episode in the serie: Barking mad! Yes, my second Bark book is finished and although the materials are largely the same, the book feels very different. (In case you missed episode one of this serie click here.) In the picture above you can see a small piece of driftwood as part of the way to keep the book closed.

While hiking in Sweden last summer a number of very yummy pieces of bark were picked up and brought home as carefully as possible. 

As you probably guessed a lot of pictures are made and I could make you scroll down deeper and deeper, instead I created a short video with pictures.

It was an adventure to make this one but I'm truly happy with the result.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A poem for the exhibition

At my first exhibition there was a poem of Rainer Maria Rilke, The Swan. My choice than was to pinprick the paper so the poem would flow on the paper. I am trying to make some sort of bridge between my first and second exhibition, like a continuation of sorts. Therefore I decided to take another poem and play with it. 

I wrote this poem in 2014, it seems I didn't publish it on my blog. No idea why. I wanted to use the three Soul Food-colours, blue, pink & purple, the main colours for the exhibition. This time the poem is scattered over the page. The mulberry paper partially removed so the lines became visible and with a simple pink running stitch it is finished off. Maybe I add a frame, haven't decided yet. 

The blue smudges were made as a reference to the wind. It is just a small piece but a lovely addition. At the moment there are 45 pieces for the exhibition. The largest one is ofcourse Soul Food, 1,35 x 1, 15 cm, the smallest one 15 x 18 cm.

And although there are still a couple of things I'd like to make, tonight I will start making another bark book. Yep, I'm going barking mad again ... :-)

Enjoy your evening.


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Another pink plate

And a new plate with pink thread is finished.

Even the fringes on the back look beautiful to me.

Have to admit, I like these shades of pink more than I did of the failed plate.

This is my picture of the day on Flickr
It is a quote of May Sarton from the book House by the sea. 
"The great thing with any creative work is that it is never repetitive. 
The problems are always fresh, one is never bored ... "

The last few months I've been reading the journals of May.
 And each time around I truly enjoyed myself. 

Hope you are enjoying yourself too.

See you soon.


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

A prototype

Since my teenage years I have already this problem with books that don't close. To me it is a nuiseance when it comes to storage due to the lack of space.  During this year of Artistbook with Karen I got confronted with it again, ofcourse. Luck was on my side this time because I came across this video of Susan Gaylord. In this video she shows a Japanse book (0.22 til 0.44) and that made me re-think the bookstructure.

My question was: If I were to make pages like the Japanse pages, what kind of spine would I need? In the picture you can see the spine.  (I know that this is just a piece of almost discarded paper) 

The pages are now sewed onto the spine but as you can see there is space between the pages which solves my problem.

The cover is made out of two layers. The first layer is to attach the content of the book. 

Made an opening, carefully pushed on side of the spine in and did the same on the other side. 

This is how the outside of the cover looks which isn't pretty by any means of measure. And therefore I stitched the second layer on it. A cover to cover things up.

As you can see in the last picture there is plenty of space for all kinds of stitches, collages, and anything else I want to put on the paper. 

This is a prototype and there are still some details I want to do differently but for now I'm really happy how things came together. 

Have a lovely tuesday!


Saturday, September 1, 2018


At this point I thought ... wow, things are going very smoothly!

And as you can see, I started incorrect. This mistake can't be rectified and so all these bullion knots were made for the scrap pile. Not good!

I can't start over just now since I don't have enough pink thread for another plate. Time to start a new book, now that is exciting!

Enjoy your weekend


Thursday, August 30, 2018

The purple plate

Another 108 bullion knots are laid on a paper plate. This time in three shades of purple and if you look closely you can see I used three strands of DMC each time. The last paper plate in this series is already pinpricked and 10 bullion knots are laid down. 

Time to start stitching again!

Enjoy yourself and I'll see you soon.


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Still working

The last few days I've been working on new pieces for the exhibition but in a slower pace. The Soul Food-tartan was made first, no stitching just playing with paper. It was one of the ideas that were jotted down while being in the french knots-frenzy. The basic layer was painted with watercolour, the blue and purple are strips of mulberry paper. The white lines are drawn with a Posca-pen. Lines intrigue me and therefore playing with the idea of tartan isn't that far fetched in my mind.

My first exhibition was with a lot of paper plates. To connect the first and the second exhibition as a continuation of my adventure with needle and thread I decided to make four paper plates. In the picture above you can see the three main colours of Soul Food on a plate.

The second one is in three different shades of blue. Those two are ready and currently I'm working on the purple one.

That's all for now ... time to get stitching again! 


Thursday, August 23, 2018

The portrait, the final post

I did it! The portrait is finished. The eyes were a bit nerve wrecking but they look allright to me now. Seven different shades of blues are used. The french knots are made of two strands of DMC with 5 wraps and therefore almost 300 mtr of thread is used to fill this portrait. It took over 3 weeks to make these zillion french knots, there were some long stitching days. The time spent on this portrait is over 100 hours. So this might well be a once-in-a-life-time project. Still I'm over the moon with it and accept all the flaws that it has. 

One last picture from a different angle. I hope you enjoyed watching "the birth" of this portrait as I have.

Have a fantastic thursday!


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

A portrait XX!

And although procrastination has set in, a little bit of stitching is done each day. Only the eyes remain. Three options I thought of and tomorrow, while attending class, I will make these options. That will help me to decide which one will fit best. If things work out the portrait might be ready tomorrow evening!!!!

Enjoy your evening!


Monday, August 20, 2018

A portrait XX

One of the last updates. Slowly but surely we are getting to the finish line, although it is in a snail pace. It is also time to make the decision about the eyes. Still doubting that part. It gives me the creeps because they have to be right or the whole project might look crooked. Time for some procrastination .. :-))

Have a lovely evening!


Saturday, August 18, 2018

A portrait XIX

Slowly it because truly a face. And you know what, I was already able to put some colours aside since they won't be needed anymore ... Now that's a milestone!

Hope you enjoy watching this project as much as I do working on it. 

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, August 16, 2018

A portrait XIII

Two nights and two mornings of stitching have been added. And this part of the project probably will be ready sometime next week. 

Today the blackberry vinegar is bottled and since there was a leftover of blackberries, a blackberry-crumble was baked ... yummy!

Enjoy yourself and I'll be back soon again.


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

A thank you-note to Shannon

Last night Shannon posted this picture on Flickr. Loved the image, it reminded me of my favorite cookbook with all its yummy recipes. 

At 7.15 all my men had left the building on their way to school and work. Since I had a slight headache I decided to read a few pages in a book of May Sarton, my latest favorite author. Somehow she inspired me to start working on the portrait and I happily stitched for almost two hours. Still Shannon's image was on my mind and I felt it was time for action. There is an abundance of blackberries due to the sunny summer of this year. So the decision to pick some blackberries was easily made. 

Took a 5 ltr. bucket and started walking towards Gammeldam because for sure there were blackberries to pick there. My bucket was about half filled when some drops of rain fell down. Oh, it will blow over was my thought. And as one does, me, had left her raincoat at home. Unfortunately within minutes I got totally soaked which wasn't the end of the world because it made me take a d-tour with the intention to get home quickly. That didn't happen because along side this field there were even more big blackberries to be picked.  To make a long story short I came home totally soaked with a full bucket of blackberries while the sun was out and about again!

Changed clothes, took my bike and biked to a plumtree and picked also a bucket of wild plums. When I got home again a neighbour offered the remaining apples of her three apple-trees because she was going on a sailingtrip. This was my produce day today. A short stop at the supermarket was needed before heading to the kitchen. At the moment 2 ltrs of yummy blackberrie-vinegar are cooling down. The rest of the produce have to wait til tomorrow, I'm beat. 

And this leaves me to say: Thank you, Shannon for the inspiration!


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

A portrait XII

Even though I feel like I don't have that much time to stitch, I make sure that every minute counts. Slowly the face fills up and the hair is all done already. At this point I don't think it is necessary to re-do the triangle on the right but I just wait and see till the face is totally ready before coming to a conclusion about it. 

Time to start working again. Hope to see you soon again.


Sunday, August 12, 2018

A portrait XI

First I did the part under the eye but unfortunately I ran out of thread and there was no way I could get to the local artshop before it closed since I was in another country. Therefore I decided to start on the cheek triangle and managed to finish it. At the moment I'm not really sure about the blue from the ear and the blue from the cheek but I'll carry on anyway. Have to see the whole picture before I start making a decision of re-doing the cheek. 

Time to start stitching again! 

Enjoy your evening.


Friday, August 10, 2018

A portrait

The feeling of summer holiday has passed. Our youngest started school already and the oldest starts next week, lots of organizing and stuff that needs to be done and the temperature dropped 10 degrees. 
But time to stitch has flown out of the window and so just a little progress the last two days. Hope to get something done this evening because tomorrow I hardly will be home.

Have a wonderful weekend and I hope to see you soon again.


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A portrait

Today I worked very intensely and for many hours but the progress, I dare to say, is enormous. Very happy how things progressed but fair is fair. Tomorrow there will not be that much progress since I have to leave the house and be in the world again .. yikes .. lol

So enjoy your evening and I'll be back tomorrow with only small changes. 


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

A portrait VIII

Lots of hours and therefore lots of progress. Hope to have the hair ready by the end of the week. Tomorrow the temperature will be rising to 35 degrees celsius. Not really a temperature to do a lot of running around and therefore lots of time to stitch in the shade!

Enjoy yourself!


Monday, August 6, 2018

A portrait VII

Not the best photograph in the world today but it shows the progress made in the last 24 hrs. The progress is slow despite the fact that I needle at least 4 hrs a day but it can't be helped, french knots simply take a lot of time. 

See you tomorrow again!


Sunday, August 5, 2018

A portrait VI

Another update on my portrait-project. It is really exciting each time another small part is filled up with french knots. 

Time to start stitching again. 

Enjoy the start of a new week.


Saturday, August 4, 2018

A portrait V

And slowly I move towards the other side of the face. Very happy with the result I made this day.

Enjoy your weekend!