Hiking In Italy.    Sunday, September 16, 2012

When traveling I often take 'weird' photos. 'Weird' in the sense that I focus more on texture and color more than the actual motive.

These type of photos serve as the inspiration and starting point for me when designing new pieces of fiberart.

The following photos were taken when on a superb hiking trip to the Apennines ( http://www.inntravel.co.uk/holidays/walking-holidays/italy/other-regions/the-secret-apennines ) in Northern Italy between Florence and Bologna.

Poretta Terme, Italy

Beautiful old shutter in Poretta Terme, Italy

Door handle on an old farm door, Italy

Rusty down pipe, Italy

Parmesan cheese galore, curing on shelves, Italy

SewDanish Featured in Sewing World Magazine Sept 2012 Issue!    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

 

I'm so excited! This quilted journal cover is featured in the September issue 2012 of Sewing World magazine http://www.sewingworldmagazine.com/ .

In July I was contacted by Fiona from the Sewing Directory http://www.thesewingdirectory.co.uk/ if I was interested in having my quilted book jacket included in a selection of handmade finds from the internet. Needless to say that I was very interested and very appreciative of her thinking of me and my Etsy shop http://SewDanish.etsy.com

The loose cover is available in several color combinations and fits a hardback A5 book which is included. So when you have filled the book with your drawings, thoughts, travels, inspirations for future cooking ideas..... then you can recycle the cover on a new book.

This cover can also be custom made to fit an otherwise plain ring binder.

Please find my entire selection of journal covers and other  book related items here http://www.etsy.com/shop/SewDanish?section_id=5450660

 

FibreFusion: Textile Art Exhibition, Woodbridge, Suffolk    Monday, July 2, 2012

Fibrefusion, Contemporary Textile Art Group is currently showing their very popular traveling exhibition  'Seed Heads' at Woodbridge Library, New Street, Suffolk, IP12 1DT, England. The exhibition will be on display until 30th July 2012. The exhibition is open daily 10AM - 4PM

Several days through out July, Fibrefusion group members will be attending the exhibition, demonstrating something craft/sewing related. I will be stewarding all day Friday 27th and Monday 30th July. Do stop by and say hello :-)

For more information please go to:

http://suffolkreads.onesuffolk.net/libraries-and-mobiles/woodbridge-library/woodbridge-library-artlib-gallery/ 

and

Fibrefusions website : http://fibrefusion.org.uk  

New Website! Birgitte Hendricks / SewDanish    Monday, April 16, 2012

 
A week ago I finally took the plunge, signed up for and created a personal website www.BirgitteHendricks.com. I had my blog and my shop www.SewDanish.com but a proper website was missing. I have for the longest time been searching for a website set up, but nothing had been quite right, either from a price or design point of view.
I really don't know anything about html language and even though relatively swift on the computer, when it gets too technical, I bow out gracefully. I'm pretty much always up for a challenge, but this just seemed such a different avenue to go down, let alone spending the time.
 
 
Then a couple of weeks ago I came across a review on http://handmadeology.com about a website design company called IndieMade: www.Indiemade.com . Well the review was very positive and I started to do a thorough research to collect as much information that I could find, before deciding to sign up.
 
It has been fun and for the most part a very straight forward process creating my website. The day I signed up, I spend about 6 hours straight and got really far with ‘filling in the blanks’. Of course, like with all new setups, one has to get a feel for what is going on, but all in all I found the whole setup very intuitive to use. I still have some tweaking to do, but for now I’m actually rather pleased with the result.
One of the great features is, that I was able to import my Etsy shop (or at least half of my listings within the standard package that I signed up for) automatically. A couple of times I had questions to the support team of Indiemade and they responded very quickly.    

How-To PDF ePattern Scandinavian Basket Weaving    Monday, February 27, 2012


I'm proud to announce a new addition to my Etsy shop SewDanish - Scandinavian Textile Art! A download'able, illustrated tutorial PDF file on how-to weave the lovely traditional Scandinavian baskets found in my shop, is now available here

The 10 page written instruction is written in English, but I'm planning on making a Danish translation available in the near future. You will find 24 black and white step-by-step photos explaining the process clearly. Detailed instructions follow the photos.
You will learn how to make a basic basket. The basic basket can then be used as a starting point for taking the technique a lot further. Over the last year I've taught several basket weaving workshops, where I have tried and tested my instructions, before going 'public'.


I hope you'll have as much fun making the baskets as I have. This is such an old basket weaving technique and I truly believe that it is so important to pass these techniques on, before they disappear.
Please note that I'm very happy for you to sell your finished baskets. The copy right only applies to my written instructions and they may therefore not be shared, copied, distributed, reproduced or published in any form or media without my consent.

Thanks to ExtraPointPress  you also have the option of downloading the basket weaving instructions to your Kindle  from Amazon.com .



Textiles in Focus 2012, Cambridge, England    Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Yippee!!! It's here again!! The event not to be missed for anyone interested in textiles, fibre art, embroidery, art, craft.... you name it! 'Textiles In Focus' will be taking place the 17th, 18th and 19th of February 2012 at Cottenham Village Collage, just North of Cambridge, England. Event organiser is as usual textile artist Pauline Verrinder.

At 'Textiles in Focus' you will find a vast amount of two hour workshops, lots of tempting vendors in two halls and this years exciting textile exhibitions are by 'Out Of The Fold' (my old textile group, that I sadly decided to leave due to not having enough hours in the day) and 'Running with Scissors'.

Jennie Rayment, known for her folded patchwork, is this years lecture. Her lectures are always very informative and a lot of fun. Not to be missed!


Please visit Textiles In Focus website for detailed information about this excellent event. It is such a good day out!

BTW please keep an eye out for Fibrefusion as we will be there presenting our recent published book, 'Muslin, a stitched exploration of loose weave fabrics'. Looking forward to see you there!

Basket weaving workshop    Sunday, January 15, 2012

Unique Women In Business (UWIB)    Sunday, January 15, 2012

Some of you who visit my blog on a regular basis (thank you J) and follow me ontwitter (link) and facebook (link), might recall that I belong to an internetbusiness group for women, Unique Women In Business (UWIB). I’ve been a memberof uwib for quite a long time and absolutely love it. It is such a dynamic group,with very energetic and lovely ladies.

The support is amazing. Whether it is business related oron a more personal note. You ask a question on our message board in our yahoogroup , and you can be almost certain that someone will know and is willing toshare their knowledge.

To highlight a few of some the great things thatcurrently are going on in UWIB is our twitter program intiated by Robin Pedro(link), where we  are scheduling tweets of the participatingshops and thereby cross promoting each other.

In 2011 we had a  monthly blog hop initiated by Rita (link). If youscroll down you’ll find my blog hop posts.Some wonderful blogpost were written and was always fun to see how the otherparticipants had interpreted the monthly theme.  Rita is now the curator of UWIB' BNR (buy and stay treasuries) another sucessful initiative......

Cory (link), one of our SEO (search engine optimazation) gurus. Cory isdefinitely keeping me on my toes. She has amongst others initiated megetting signed up on squidoo (link). There is so much to learn and understandin regards to SEO. I’ve done a fair bit of research SEO myself, buthave to admit I there is so much that I don’t understand. Therefore it iswonderful to be in group where one can ask questions

An wonderful Karen who manage the group, keeping us all honest. She works triedless work our blog and on Uwibs latetst great project the giftguide ...Link

There is no doubt that being a member of UWIB has helpedme gain knowledge about running a business on the internet.

Acropolis: Inspirational photos #1    Sunday, January 15, 2012


The last couple of days I have been sorting through my photos. My husband and I travel a fair amount and I tend to take SO many pictures. Most of my photos are inspirational photos for future textile design work and I thought, I would share some of my 'artsy' photos in a couple of blog posts with you. Hope you'll enjoy them!

The following photos are a slightly different take of Acropolis, Athens, Greece. While vising this amazing place, we got caught in some heavy showers. The moisture brought the colours out in the beautiful ancient paving on the stairs leading up to Acropolis.







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