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