Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Sample book; page 6

My last page in the series of Anni Albers. My most extensive one, it took me 15 days to complete it and yes, I stitched every day. I knew before I started that it would take a long time, I even contemplated if I wanted to invest so much time it one page. I'm glad, I did. And for those who like to watch a video, I even took the time to make one while stitching one of the easiest rows.

Enjoy the slow process ... :-))

Til next time!


Monday, August 26, 2019

Sample book; page 5

This picture of another woven piece of Anni Albers was my starting point. I love the solid weaving against the open area's.

Started with the cross-stitch base. Just like on the previous pages I used the cross-stitch for the solid woven parts. After that it was time to fill in the gaps.

Slowly but surely the page was filled with stitch.

The change in colour is due to the moment when the page was photographed. Love to photograph when the sun goes down because one gets such a lovely golden look over everthing.

Now it is time for my thinking cap again.

Have a grand start of your week!


Friday, August 23, 2019

An experiment

This experiment was made after the mishaps in the Sample book. Just something to stitch and see if it could work. It works fine but there is more to be done with this idea.

Oh well, one step at a time.

Enjoy yourself.


Thursday, August 22, 2019

Sample book; page 4

This photograph, another weaving of Anni Albers, turned out to be a stumble block. What was the stumble block? Well, some days I just want to stitch. No drawing, no pricking, no tinkering, just stitch. Unfortunately, it was time to create a new page and I really wanted to use this photograph. So I started drawing but it felt so difficult to make a translation into cross-stitch. In the end I decided to draw an easier pattern, it became bullion knots in squares.

Now I wasn't ready to drop the ideas I saw in the photo.

My intention was to fill the space between the rows of squares with needlelace and pinpricking. But when two of the needlelace blocks were finished, I knew it wouldn't work. Why not? The dark purple was way too strong in conjuction with the squares. 

Therefore this page will remain unfinished but in the book and on a later date I will re-try this idea. What did I learn? Learned something about colour and preparation in advance, so I can stitch when that's the only thing I want to do.

Have a fabulous thursday!


Monday, August 19, 2019

A colourful mandala

After all the white of the white series I wanted to do something with colour again. This little mandala is the result. Finished it already a week ago but realized that I hadn't written a post yet. It is really strange because I do like the result and at the same time I hesitate to pursue this further. Maybe the papers aren't interesting enough or it feels like more of the same? Never mind at some point I will make a decision about it.

Enjoy your evening.


Thursday, August 15, 2019

Sample book; page 3


This is one of the pictures I found in the book about the work of Anni Albers. Love this piece because there is so much to see and lots of different textures.

And this is the result in my sample book. It is difficult to see but one the left side each cross-stitch has two purples and each one lays at the bottom in one row and at the top in the other. I like the effect. Maybe I need to make another picture, so I can share that with you too. Will add it tomorrow because it is dark now.

Enjoy your evening.


As promised the detailpicture so you can see the change. The three on the right are stitched similar, in the one on the left the colours are changed around. I really like the effect and it is also an example of colourstudy. 

Enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Sample book; page 3

Just a little peak today in the samplebook. 
Still looking at the work of Anni Albers and giving my own twist to it.

Have a lovely time with your own stitching projects.


Monday, August 12, 2019

White series; page 6

A lot of hours are spent again on my latest mandala.

Trying different things like crochet and the cretan stitch in circle.

And this is the end result of no. 3.
For the time being this will be the last one because I want to try other ideas as well.
There are two pages left in the ledger which will be saved until I'm in need for some whitework again.

Have  a lovely start of your week!


Thursday, August 8, 2019

Sample book; page 2


In the first post of this sample book I explained my idea behind this new ledger. The picture above is one of the inspirational pictures found in the book of Anni Albers.

On this page I made two interpretations of the photo above. They look very different from one another and there is hardly a resemblance with the weaving of Anni Albers. Which is ok, part of the learning experience and who knows, I might come up with a version that bares more resemblance in the future. 

Have a lovely day!


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

White series; page 6


Two circles of mandela no. 3 are done. So happy that the second circle worked out and that all these little circle cross-overs fell into place.

An overview of the two circles. The circle with the pistil stitch worked really well too, minimalistic and very beautiful. 

Time to start stitching again.


Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Sample book

Some weeks ago I made some small cross-stitch paper pieces for another ledger. It got me interested to look into her work a bit further and so I ordered this book at the library. It is filled with samples of her work and the story of her life. While drooling over the pictures and making notes I decided to make another book filled with my interpretation of work by other artist's. I have no idea whether this will work or not but some pages will made anyway and they will be far more valuable than the pieces of paper on my table. 

So I start with Anni Albers

In this collage you see the two pictures I made, one from a piece of weaving and one of a typed pattern she made.

And this is my stitched sample. I made three rows of the typed pattern, each time different because I used a dark & light purple thread. The three blocks are stitched in cross-stitch, the connection threads are not completed cross-stitches but one can lay the thread in such a way that it still looks like a cross-stitch. 

Although I have no idea if I ever will use these ideas, to record them in embroidery is a challenge and gives another angle of finding out about artists and learn from them. 

Time to start stitching again.


Monday, August 5, 2019

White series; page 5

This second white mandela is finished.

And so it is time to show you the different circles.

The last photograph is the whole page and I'm truly happy with the result. I could make these forever if I could find more of this fabulous wall-paper designed by Björn Nilsson. Don't worry, I'm not running out of yummy paper just yet. Still slowly but surely my wall-paper book is looking more and more empty while my White series ledger is getting thicker and thicker.

Since I misplaced my pinpricking tool last friday, I cleared my table which was a bad idea, I had to wait til this evening to start mandela no. 3 and the first circle is finished! :-)

Have a wonderful week!


Monday, July 22, 2019

The white series; page 4

Page four is finished and I can't wait to show you. 

 The first picture is one of humble beginnings but the largest row was added fairly quickly.

This is circle two with the same finishing but a different embellishment.

Circle three had to be done twice due to a fault of my own.

Circle four is the widest of them all.

And this is the whole page with all the different pieces laid together.
It took me 9 days of stitching but it was well worth my investment. 
I love it!

Hope you enjoyed it too.


Thursday, July 18, 2019

The white series; page 3


Only two photographs today. The page is called Patched up. It was very interesting to use contrasting patterning in paper.

This White series ledger is gonna be filled with details, lots of lovely details and I enjoy myself immensely while making them come to being. Hope you are enjoying your summer too.

See you soon!


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The white series; page 2

The White series  continue on a new page. Again I stitched white patterned strips of wallpaper into my ledger. The patterning is round, flowing and therefore as a contrast I chose to do a flowing strip of cross-stitch. 

I stitch these pages with a beadneedle. The reason for that is that the page remains beautiful flat even when I'm coming up from the back. The used thread is a very, very fine crochet thread which with some effort I managed to get into the eye.

The name of this page is: What binds us together?

Our shared memories, 
a chain of events that entangled us, 
the feeling of being made of the same cloth, 
the paths we travel which seem to go in the same direction 
or simply the recognition of another heartbeat?

The binding strip lays over the three basic strips.

Each picture is taken at another time of the day and therefore they are so different in colour although it is the same page.


Sunday, July 7, 2019

The white series

In my previous post I mentioned finding a wallpaper book with orange and brown but I also found an all white wallpaper book. This book has all kinds of designs and I thought it would be a good idea to make a serie in white especially since it is summer and therefore there is more light to photograph the results. 

For some reason it takes me really a long time before a page is ready. The ledger is larger, 30x30 cm and my eyes need a rest every now and again. The photographs are from the first page. The first photo one is from the front and the second one from the back. I think both sides are lovely. 

So what do think, good idea or not?

Enjoy yourself while celebrating summer!


Sunday, June 30, 2019

Update in orange & yellow

In my previous ledger I mentioned a few times how much I loved the colour yellow and brown together. With that thought in mind and the fact that I found a wall-paper book in the colours orange , brown and white at the thriftstore, I had to start a small booklet and putting things to work. The booklet is 10 x 15 cm, so really small and still it gives a wealth of opportunities to explore something new, something different.

In the collage you can see some work that I put in already and I'm about halfway now so still enough opportunity to find that very special composition ... :-)

Enjoy yourself while the Saharan Bubble reigns.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Ledgerwork IX

The last post about this upcycling ledger. In good tradition I made some detail pictures again. What I love about these pictures is the change from the white page with the pinpricks to a page filled with all its content. 

I'm aware that you don't get to see all the pictures of all the different stages and that's the reason for the video made at the end of each project. 

Not that you see all the different stages but at least you get to see all the finished pages in total.

Hope you enjoy this short video. 

And for me it is back to work! :-)