Sunday, 26 February 2017

Module 4-Chapter 9 - Stitched Edges

sample 9a:red chenille yarn was wrapped around the edges, because of the irregularity of these, the stitching becomes irregular too

sample 9b: here the edges were first wrapped with a fabric strip from the fabrics from this module. This was stitched in place with a straight stitch. Then the edges were decorated with beads

 sample c: edges decorated with free motion circular stitching, the paper is backed with red fabric

sample d: a normal office  paper punch wasused to make the holes into the paper. Then a cord made of perle coton was wrapped around the edges. A bigger cord is then threaded through. The bottom edge is fringed

 sample e: these edges were wrapped with a blanket stitch before the red yarn was threaded through

sample f: the edges of this samples have been decorated in various ways. The pins in the bottom line come from a new man's shirt and embroidery thread was wrapped around them.

Both the bottom and the left edge are backed with red commercial felt to hide and secure the pins.

Paper clips are decorating the upper edge of the paper and are fastened with a zigzag stitch. A red (polyester) ribbon is woven through the paper clips and secured with a zigzag stitch.


Some of the samples have to be backed with fabric,As this is seen when the papers are used in a book, a solution has to be found to form a nice finish. The fabric could be  decorated with additional stichting before being added to the paper.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Module 4-Chapter 8-Stitchery into Paper

I  enjoyed working on this lesson, Stitching into the samples  really brought them to lifeand added dimension to them

sample 8a:: for this first sample diagonal lines were stitched to the paper to form a grid into which black thread was woven through and at the same time twisted to form a loop to reproduce the pattern shown in the first picture. The loops were held in place with a small stitch . I also tried to not make the stitching too dense so that the paper pulp and fabric would shine through.

sample 8b: here the paper/fabric sample was first covered with machine stitching, then a variegated thread was woven through it to reproduce the lettering shown in the first picture. This "medaillon" was surrounded with machine stitching

sample 8c: here free-motion zigzag stitching was used to stitch into the circles

sample 8d:the inspiration for this piece came from the lettering exercise where the letters were formed by printing with the edge of a credit card. When you turn the paper a mysterious  pattern of lines appears. I try to imitate this by using fly stitch with a black thread.

sample 8e: The stitching turned this very "boring" paper/fabric sample into an interesting piece achieved by making long stitches to form the letters. This sample should be seen horizontally so that the letters are not legible. Deliberately no stitching was done on the surrounding fabric so that the eye would not be distracted from the strong graphic mark done with the stitching

sample 8f: The letter "L" was done with cross stitching, trying to achieve a "dissolving" effect

sample g: free-machine stitching was done on this piece, first "writing" horizontally then vertically the words "shopping list"

sample 8h:I couldn't resist trying to  reproduce the pattern formed by cutting out the letters with my Silhouette. For this I drew the pattern onto paper and then stitched through it from the back. However the tracing was hard to be seen from the front, so for the lower part I did the same from the front and then, after having puller all the paper bits out, I used more free-motion stitching to fill out the letters

sample 8i: fly stitch was used to form the square around the open spaces. These were filled with letters, X's and then zigzag stitching

All these samples were backed with light red commercial felt

Sunday, 29 January 2017

module 4-chapter 7-to apply paper pulp to a woven fabric grid part 3

 7r: here I tried to make a long sample made in two parts. Some cut out circles from another sample were applied to the fabric: in the upper part of the sample those circles are between the fabric and the paper, in the lower part they were applied on top of the fabric

 7s: fine sewing thread was wrapped around a square wire frame and then dipped into the paper pulp. I like the holes formed at the edges . Some golden paint was applied with a "pearl pen" from Viva Decor. Initially I wanted to introduce some beads to the thread during the wrapping process but forgot about it. The "beads" hadn't fully dried when I applied the pulp and turned flat.
Nevertheless I love this sample. Thread forms a grid that looks like drawn lines

 7t: another little sample made by wrapping red sewing thread around a frame. Knitting thread was then woven into it before being dipped into the pulp. Some black pulp was put on top to keep the whole threads together
7s+t: just a little try how it would look like if I put sample 7t on top of sample 7t

7u: here the circles were cut out by hand as the Silhouette plotter wouldn't cut properly. However, the software allows to place the circles in a regular grid very easily. The fabric was then embedded onto black pulp and framed with red pulp with red paper pulp dots put in the middle of the circles

7v: the word  "list" was welded with the Silhouette software to form a grid cut out of coton poplin (backed with Silhouette adhesive paper to stiffen it). When you turn the sample the word are not recognizable any more but the negative space form interesting shapes

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Module 4-Chapter 6-To apply wet paper pulp to woven fabric - part 2

7l: here the woven fabric with the withdrawn threads was pushed into the very wet paper pulp so that the pulp came through the threads

7m: some of the threads were withdrawn, then gaps were cut into the fabric. Again the fabric was pushed into the wet pulp to make sure it is embedded safely

7n: the fabric grid was made by cutting out horizontal strips then these were used to be put back into the created gaps.
7o: fabric strips with withdrawn threads were embedded into the red pulp, then black paper pulp was put on top. I like the way the fabric structure shows through the black pulp. This structure could be reproduced onto the black pulp with stitch

7p: withdrawn threads from previous fabrics were embedded into the black pulp, then a frame of red pulp was put on top
7q: the letter "S" was cut out of some red paper and embedded, together with some fabric strips onto black pulp. The letter doesn't seem to be very "integrated" but I think the later stitching will help unify the whole sample

This second batch of papers proved more successful as I embedded the fabric into the very wet pulp. I'm quite happy with the results as the fabric really gives the impression "to be part of" the paper

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Module 4-Chapter 7-To apply paper pulp to a woven fabric grid

 7a: for this first sample I took a rather coarse fabric with threads that could be easily withdrawn.
 Due to the quality of the thread the sample looks more like an old artefact. The fabric could be embedded perfectly due to the very open grid
 7b: here the fabric grid is kept in place by positioning the paper pulp around it. There is also paper pulp applied on the edges of the back to really embed the fabric well. I like the underlying structure of the dangling threads.
 7c: single threads were put onto the sheet of paper to form a very loose grid. However, the different threads don't keep in place very well. Here the stitching will be helpful

 7d: torn fabric strips were put onto black paper pulp and red paper pulp was put on top to keep the strips in place. This didn't really help so I stitched the fabric strips to the black paper pulp

7e to 7 g for this and the following two samples I made different frames with wire and wrapped various threads around before applying black and red paper pulp. I especially like the round sample 7f and the organic holes in it.

 7g: again some stitching had to be done to keep the threads attached to the paper pulp. I think the black paper pulp was a bit to coarse to that the threads couldn't be embedded very successfully.

 7h: fine nylon net was used here as a grid. I love the delicacy of this sample and look forward to stitching into it.

7i:not a very successful sample, probably due to the quality of the black paper pulp.

7j: This sample was more of an  experiment and was done with knitting yarn. Again stitching has to be used to keep the pulp in place

7k: a grid was created by cutting holes into the fabric which was then embedded into paper pulp. I think I could have done the holes bigger but I like the potential of this technique that allows you to position the apertures where you want them . Sample 7l  shows the cut out circles embedded into red pulp onto black pulp