Wednesday, January 31, 2018


(Walking on memorylane is like connecting dots of the past)

Only 10 days ago I showed you the little booklet with the bullionknot spine. These bullion knots totally fired me up and I made some beautiful pieces. Small pieces but filled with stories and I loved making them. 

(A collision of memories)

And I gave them each a title that had to do with memories. It is truly wonderful to make and share these pieces, they show the variety of the bullion knot-stitch, they make me express some thoughts and the challenge me to make the best picture possible.

(Scribbles from the past)

What more could I wish for. If you want to see the whole series than just click here.

And I truly hope that you will enjoy them just as much as I do.


Monday, January 22, 2018

Celtic Art as doodle inspiration

Celtic Art in Europe, making connection by Chris Gosden, Sally Crawford and Katharina Ulmschneider is one of the wonderful books I borrowed from the library. I am a big fan of the library simply because there is such a wide variety and it always is a fabulous way to get inspired. 
This book invites to doodle, at the same time it makes me remember past projects and therefore I have take another look at them to see if I could take things a step further. 

So if you ever are stuck ... visit your library!


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Wrapping things up

Last May I made a ledger called That's a wrap. In the ledger are photographs and samples of different ways to use a bullion knot. Well the last few days there has been another bullion knot storm on Als and in the collage you can see three examples of it.
I'm really happy with the booklet. The technique is the same as used on the Ægishjálmur, the only difference is that the page is folded which gives a different effect all together. This booklet will be added to the That's a wrap-ledger so that more samples can be added to the ledger.
The two samples are now part of a serie of 7 and I have an idea for them but if that doesn't work they too will end up in the ledger.

So I can  honestly say: My needle has been working over time this past week.

Enjoy your evening!


Thursday, January 18, 2018

A new piece of cloth

Husband has been robbed again from some shirts. Yep because I want to make a new bag for all the books that are made and will be made in this year of the Artistbook. They need a place to live and keep them safe. It is not a difficult process but it takes a lot of time ironing scraps over and over again. (Smiling) 

The cuffs I used to make a cover. At the moment I use this cover to safekeep the ironed scraps and as I look at the photograph, this one also needs a trip to the ironboard.

Time to get back to it, Let's do some more .... ironing!


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Let the ice melt, set the energy free

Have been stitching all that I can and now I'm so happy to share this piece with you. It took me more than a week of intense stitching. And removing the excess paper was nerve-wrecking as was stitching three new layers of paper to it.

All of this started with visiting an ice-sculpture festival in Nordborg where Susanne Ahrenkiel was demonstrating her skills with a big chainsaw while creating a gorgeous ice-sculpture. The third picture in the link is my source of inspiration for this piece.

In this piece I used watercolour paper, wallpaper, mulberry paper and tracing paper and so at the finish there is a relatively sturdy piece of work.

And here you can see an overview of Let the ice melt, set the energy free!

Have a fabulous weekend!


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Let the ice melt, set the energy free

A little update on this project. The excess paper is all removed. This makes the paper a lot more fragile and I still have to do a fair amount of stitching.

But as you can see new layers of paper are added and by working carefully I probably manage what I had envisioned to do. Time to start stitching again.



Hilma af Klint

These three books arrived just before I got sick and so I had plenty to read while being in bed.

Hilma af Klint was a Swedish painter who lived from 1862 til 1944 and I find her work and the life fascinating. Hilma was an abstract painter and actually painting abstracts years before Wassily Kandinsky and Piet Mondriaan. The reason that she isn't credited for this is the remark Rudolph Steiner made when he saw the paintings. Hilma decided that the world wasn't ready for her work. In her will she wrote down that all the paintings had to be stored for 30 years after her dead. Unfortunately it took even longer, in 1984, before her work could be admired by a large audience.

Over the years I read and wrote about her work. Simply love the way she uses and combines colour and the different shapes that are repeated throughout her work and that's the reason why I had to tell you about her again.

Have a lovely day and I hope you check out the different links so will be drawn into her world too.


Tuesday, January 9, 2018


Books are one of the best sources of inspiration for me and I love to read. Love to share so I hope someone will take advantage of my reading table besides myself.



Monday, January 8, 2018

Let the ice melt, set the energy free!

On the third of December I visited an ice-sculpture and the detailpictures I made inspired me to try something new. Sofar I only embroidered a lot of french knots, bullion knots and running stitches on a piece of A4 aquarel paper. The paper is chosen for its lovely texture. 

After all the stitching I now have to start to remove the access paper so the colours can be added. Wish me luck, if it fails a lot of work ends up in the bin.

Enjoy your day!


Sunday, January 7, 2018


The New Year started a week ago and a fortnight since my last entry here at Landanna. December is always a busy month and being sick is no help at all to get things done. 
One of the Christmas cards I got, you can see in the picture. It was this card that made me decide to do a Peace-bird a day. Each day I draw, painting, embroidery or whatever I can think of. A fun project and another way to challenge myself. 

And although a bit late: Happy 2018!