As I said in my last post, I love tulips. And have just made a zig-zag book inspired by the tulips in my garden. This is what it looks like closed
We have had a new reveal at Latitudequilts, and my contribution this time was «Tulips in Green».
This year we have a new set of rules. We are going to make a series of 4 quilt, each choosing their own theme, and I chose Tulips. The size has changed as well, maximum of 24 by 17 and minimum of 20 by 15 inches, but each member can choose the exact size, and orientation
And, each one will have an additional challenge as well, a design principle or style, and the first one was green.
I love tulips. They have been blooming here in Bergen, Norway since the
spring of 1597. There even is a tulip thart only exist in Norway, named
Tulip norvegica. So my choise was rather natural. I am so fascinated by
the variety in the shapes of the flowers, they are so elegant.
January has been filled with fabric dying. I signed in on Elizabeth Bartons’s Basic Dying for Quiltmakers. It had been a while since I last hand-dyed fabris, so I just thought to get a repetition. Well here are the result. First several graditions:
Then the colour-circle:
Then some neutrals:
And, since green is one part of my next challenge for Latitude quilts, I made a gradiation using Sage-green, and put some lace and scrims in as well:
Then, we got a lot of snow last week, and I decided to do some snow dying. I could not get the colours as bright as they are,
And, also here, I put in some lace and scrim:
Thanks for reading.
This year, I’ve decided to participate in Ineke Berlyn’s Art Textile books online. I like her workshops, I’ve learnt so much from them. So I have just finished my first scroll-book.
It is made of bits and pieces from my stash, sewn mostly with silk embrodery thread and embellished with lace and beads.
The outside is from my first ever try of dying in plastic bags, overdyed later with indigo, stencilled and thermofax printed:
And the inside is a mixture of hand dyed and comercial fabric scraps, and some of them were also stencilled and printed:
then I put on some old bits of lace:
and plenty of beads
Thanks for visiting.
2015 is already more than a week old, I’ve used this first week to finish some Journalquilts from 2014:
First November, inspired by the art of Michael Morgan:
The colours were chosen because November can be rather dark and wet here in Bergen. Some close-ups:
December was made by a photo I took at Skarvhamran, Skjerstad, last summer. I made it in black and white, to give it a wintery look:
And some close-ups:
I am not satisfied with the edge of the hillside in the foreground, maybe I have to put on some Markal shadings there as well.
I have not made any resolutions for 2015, and working full time in NRK as well, I will just try to be as creative as posssible with the little time I have. But I have signed up for Ineke Berlyn’s Art textile books online. I love her online courses, they give me a chance to try something new
In 2010, Laura had a show in DMTV, where she talked about bookmaking, and this show opened a new world for me. So I made my first sketchbook, filled with many kinds of paper.
Just a short note to show you my last two Journal-quilts. The first, for July, is inspired by our road-trip this summer, and the pink – blue wild Lupins along the way:
We have had a new reveal at Latitude quilts. Our theme this time was «Under the surface». So, with this theme, I decided – literally – to go under the surface. When archeologists dig, they relate to the different layers the soil has, and can place the different artifacts according to these layers. In 1905, two archeologists started digging in the Oseberg burial mound at Slagen in Tunsberg, and found one of the finest finds to have survived the Viking age.
This treasure has inspired me in so many ways, so this is my tribute to what our ancestors left us. The green grass-grown mound above the surface, and the burial-ship with all its beautiful content under.
Well, this was my contribution, do head over to Latitude quilts to see the rest of the quilts: