29 June 2008

Ancient rockcarving and needlefelt

Here is a challenge piece for a Yahoo group I have made today.
I am almost too late but I didn't have access to my studio earlier because of guests we have had the last 3 weeks. My studio is in the basement where also the guests' rooms are.
This piece is based on the photo above of ancient rockcarvings in my neighbourhood.
more here: http://www.arild-hauge.com/helleristngbild.htm
The size is: 6,5x 4". 16,5 x10cm.
I have made it with the embellisher machine.
The material is sheep-fleece and dark red knitting yarn
The little circle is stitched first and thereafter punched. I don't know the meaning of that.
The spiral is common and the other figure are waves.
Those originals are on the west-coast of Norway. There are many of them.

27 June 2008

fabric postcards

Fabric postcards I have sent away a while ago. They all are received by the new owner.
The first one was a "label "postcard, the second and third "from my country".
On the second I used Hardanger embroidery, a piece of the Norwegian flag colors and a label of a sack vegetables.
On the third I have used vegetable fabric, Norwegian lace and braid.
The word LØK on the label means union.

18 June 2008

Needlefelt paintings

Here you see three needlefelt pieces which I recently have sold from my etsy shop.
The size of the felt pieces are 4,75 x 6,26 inch.
They now hang in a row in a home in the USA.
If you wish you can see the photos large on my Flickr page here and here and here.

11 June 2008

atc made of French knots

This atc is made of french knots only. In the group Textilechallenges we do a hand stitch lottery this month. I got the french knots. I didn't know that a atc can be sóó large ;-)
I just began without an idea an liked to make an abstract atc.
But when it was ready I discovered a figure sitting in the heather on a nice summer day and giving away a heart!
Maybe that was the meaning with it. Make something with your heart and give it away.
This atc will fly to Cathy Winter in the USA.
As always you can click on the photo to enlarge ( and see hundreds of knots :)

10 June 2008

Nice mail on a rainy day

As you all know I swap a lot of things. Today i got nice mail ( again, I don't post it all on my blog).
A "Cupid"garden card from Susan S. A nice atc from Anne-Marie and a lovely fabric postcard from Mary-Lou. They all sent also nice stuff to use for the next round of swaps :-)
It made my day because we have terrible weather.
Much rain and wind, all the flowers in the garden lies flat.
My dh who is very proud of his flowers is very depressed today :(
All his work from the past months for nothing......

08 June 2008

TIF June

The tif block for June is ready. I will add the back and the binding later, don't have time to do that right now. Everything is recycled material, only the threads are new.

03 June 2008

TIF June

Sharon wrote:

Recently a group for stash busting was started in the stitchin fingers community. This reminded me once again of just how lucky we are to have a ’stash’. Most fiber folks have them. We draw on our stashes to make items or add to projects.
They are either purchased or scavenged materials that have accumulated over time and as such they often have a story to tell. Or it is possibly more correct to say that stashes are full of stories. The interesting thing for textile practitoners is that these materials can take on another story. They can be made into something new and take on other meanings in someones life.
Stashes also act as signifiers of wealth. Not only is the obvious wealth of what the stash actually costs to have and house but there is the psychological wealth of a stash because a stash is full of possibilities. While material is uncut it is rich with possible uses. Once you have committed to using it the material moves from being something that is full of potential to a project
So this month the idea to think about is stories that are and stories that are possible.
The colour scheme was taken from this photo of a stash of sinks I discovered at our local recycling depot. I thought it fitted the idea as I am sure if they could speak what stories they could tell!

So I took a look at my stash and was amazed ( again) that I could find the right colors, more or less. Most of those pieces are from rests of clothes. The items on the block are gifts from friends.

So, everything has a story. Now the fun begins to stitch the seams and embellish the block.

The story that is possible: All the TIF pages will become a fabric book. Maybe one one day a grandchild will wonder what grandma was doing?

Well dear grandchild; Grandma was enjoying herself by sewing this block and create something new from old.

Recycling is the word!

01 June 2008

Fantasy RR, Jeanne's block

This is Jeanne's block from the Fantasy RR in the CQI group. Jeanne's subject is the virgin and the unicorn.
Above how the block came in my house and below how it leaves tomorrow.
The top part is empty for Cobi's magic work :-)
As always you can click on the photos to enlarge them.