Saturday, May 29, 2010

My very first exhibition

With the group of painters from Bleu et Vert, I will be exhibiting my knittingwork on the fith of june. If you think of visiting the exhibition please leave a message on my blog so I can get in touch of you. This is one of my works that I will be showing there. It is about the space were the top of the tree meets the air. This particular work is made after Anne Franks tree, the one she could see from her hiding place, the one she wrote about in her diary.


Just two extra experiments with the colourtheory of Itten that I wrote about in an earlier blog. Speldenkussentje 2 is made out of cotton.
The three scetchbooks are covered with colourblocks knitted out of cotton. They were made to see how the colours would work together. I realy like the results.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Not knowing what to do with all the 10 meter yarns that come from the dyeing experiments I decided to make a speldenkussentje. It is inspired on a pincushion that was made by my aunt Nel, who is into quilting. I tried to use her construction to make a knitted version. Both sides of the speldenkussen are knitted with different types of yarn. They show how the same dyelot does different things with different yarn. The speldenkussen was made by knitting 2 circles. Stitching them together. With a contrasting color I formed the pincushion into its shape.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Happy sticks

For a few years a take small branches with me from walks I make. At home I'll cover them up in a colorful coat. When I knit up the coat I go through al sorts of memories. The colorful sticks just make me happy. People ask to tell about the trip I made when picking up certain sticks but I do not remember which stick comes from which walk. Though the sticks are all there. The one I picked from my parents garden when my mom had just passed away, the one that became mine during a very painful walk/conversation with my girlfriend, the one when I decided to go through operation. Even the one that came from the tree that Anne Frank saw during WOII which she wrote about in her diary.


La baigneuse. As promissed. By me.

Elana Herzog

Today I received an invitation of Elana Herzog, an amazing Textile artist, for the opening of her new exhibition. I've never seen her work in real life, but only from looking at the small pictures I am impressed. If you happen to be around the New Britain Museum of American Art between may 7th-july 25th please have a look and let me know. Did it touch you? This picture was send with her invitation. It is hers and it'll be shown there.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

speciaal voor Nel

Look this is what I do with my koninginnedagtreasures. No final outcome yet.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Results of experiment with Landscape Dyes and different types of yarn that I bought from her. She provides excellent service and helped me figure out problems I had with yarn and dyes that did not react the way I wanted it.
The greens are dyed with "Daintree", reds come from "Salmon gum", yellows from "Broome" and blues from "Pacific". The shades are made by dipping short or keep the yarns longer in the dyebath exhausting the dye, or adding a little Currawong black to the dye. Also I dyed different types of yarn (100% wool, 25 % polyester, yarn that was prepared with chemicals and acryl)
I keep a notebook in order to be able to reproduce the results.

Saturday, May 1, 2010


Treasures from Koninginnedag.

so disappointing

This is how the beautiful skein turned out in knitwear. I am as disappointed as I thought I would be. The dyed skein (3 blogs ago) is much more beautiful than the knitted item .
I knitted the marineparts of the yarn in purl-stich, the rest was knitted in knit-stich. I used the leg from this pattern (circle socks), and the construction of the personal footprint for Insouciant Sock Knitters from Cat Bordhi.