Friday, July 7, 2017

Bullion knot journey


Last wednesday my blogpost was about bullion knots and a new project I started with these little knots. In this project called Ægishjálmur I combined the variation you see above together with two other ways of using this stitch. The funny thing is I can still remember how excited I was when I first made this one on a plate, a true eureka moment for me. 


As you probably know I really, really like helleristninger. The photograph above is taken in 2012 on Aspeberget in Bohuslän, Sweden and I used it to make a background design for the Ægishjálmur.


And this is my new piece of paperwork and I absolutely love it. I wished that the paper had been a bit bigger so I could make the legs a bit longer but that's the only thing I would change. Within a week I layed 328 bullion knots made with 50 wraps, as I wrote to a friend, I must be mad but I loved every minute of it. 

The whole process of making is photographed and that material has become a little video so you can see how the piece evolved.



I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I did stitching this project. Time to sign off for a few weeks and enjoy time with my family and hopefully a lot of sunshine.

Have a grand summer.

Elizabeth



Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A bullion knot journey


On the 10th of May 2015 I photographed my first series of bullion knots on paper, in this case a paper plate.  At that moment I followed a design class from Karen Ruane and I wanted to challenge myself. Still remember being oh so nervous to rip the paper but strangely enough it didn't. This fact was a huge encouragement to keep trying, it became one of the main features of my first exhibition with lots of plates with knots. 


After the exhibition it was time to create some new work. Didn't have a plan and so I decided to create a ledger or two simply to gather information and to find a new spark. The Outlander ledger and the ledger of inspiration came to live with me but I missed playing with the bullion knots. To remedy that the bullion knot ledger That's wrap was created. I thought this would be enough to satisfy my bullion-knot-neediness and a new project A shirt of memories was started. I'm still working on it and no worries this one will be finished but my love for doing bullion knots on paper needed another feed. 


Two weeks ago I got a new idea had to make a sample and I loved it. Which is ofcourse wonderful but not when you're working on a project that hasn't a lot of bullion knots. So last friday I simply had to make a start with a new bullion knot project. It is big. How big? well the paper is A3 and when finished it will be largely filled. 


Here you can see the result of my flying start of this weekend, 8 legs created with bullion knots folded into each other. Needless to say I am over the moon. Love this process, the wrapping and carefully laying down of each knot and the magic of something new appearing in front of me. 

So what's the lession learned? Just keep playing with your favorite stitch and some magic may happen. 

What is your favorite stitch and how do you challenge yourself with it? Would love to see or hear about your ideas.

Have a grand wednesday and remember; Enjoy your stitching!

Elizabeth





Monday, July 3, 2017

A shirt of memories IX


A suitcase packed so many times for all kinds of trips and travel destinations that it truly deserves a spot on this shirt. 


In March 2016 I got the chance to visit an exhibition with work of Sheila Hicks and I totally loved it, as you probably know when you're following this blog. Here you can see some of the pictures I took and here are some video's of her work. I hope it will inspire you too.

Have a great start of your week.

Elizabeth

Friday, June 30, 2017

A shirt of memories VIII


Almost 13 years ago I found out that my oldest son and I had coeliakie. A disease that requires a life-long special diet without the possibility to cheat. At the start it was a steep learning curve. Now it is just as normal as can be with the advantages and disadvantages it brings with it. 


This piece stands for the years I trained and was trainer in taekwondo. It learned me a lot and because of that I'm glad I spent my time there. One could say both memories are about perseverance.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Elizabeth


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Books


These four books are right beside my chair for the moments that need to be filled with something interesting to read or look at, to learn or be inspired by. I feel so lucky that the library provides such a huge collection of books in different languages just to be picked up. 

Hope you too find some interesting summer reading.

Elizabeth

Monday, June 26, 2017

New samples for my bullion knot ledger


A new idea popped into my head and I thought I'd give it a try. They are a new step for an idea that I already have for years but never thought I could make it. Slowly but surely it seems like I'm getting there after all. Happy days ...


Have a great start of your week.

Elizabeth

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.

Elizabeth



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.

Elizabeth

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.

Elizabeth

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.

Elizabeth


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.

Elizabeth

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.

Elizabeth


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!

Elizabeth



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.

Elizabeth

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!

Elizabeth

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!

Elizabeth

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!

Elizabeth

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!

Elizabeth

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!

Elizabeth

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!

Elizabeth

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!

Elizabeth

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!

Elizabeth


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!

Elizabeth

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.

Elizabeth

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.

Elizabeth

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!

Elizabeth

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

Elizabeth