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