From paint to stitch

Now that the Sketchbook Project is finished, I really want to make it in cloth before I have to send the book off in January.  I made a start, using lots of layered sheers to strive for a soft painterly look.

The page size is about 8″ x 10″.  Since there will be 32 pages, in the spirit of a standard picture book, it will help to keep the dimensions manageable.  I’m hoping all the pages will be finished by Christmas.  I intend to make a few minor changes to the original design and will probably cut out or merge a few of the pages.

I’ve been reminded of how much easier it is to stitch something for which there is already a completed, coloured design, as opposed to making it up as you go along – although that too has its place sometimes.  The stitched version has a totally different quality from the painted version, which, of course, is why I choose textiles as my primary medium.  You just don’t get the same depth, texture and emotional response from the painted image on paper. 

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14 Responses to From paint to stitch

  1. Oh so lovely …i sent you a sketchbook project friend request. At least … I think it's you!Carolyn

  2. Robyn says:

    oooh this is beautiful!

  3. jan says:

    That's a lovely idea.

  4. Jacky says:

    ooohhh… I love that painterly effect. Looking forward to seeing your journal pages in cloth.I have been involved in a couple of cloth book projects, nothing like holding them in your hands and taking in every little detail/stitch.Jacky xox

  5. Lenka says:

    Oh, I´m looking forward to new form of sketchbook ! I feel it will be fine and soft ( I´m sorry, my english is not so good to put the exactly feelings …. )

  6. Chris Gray says:

    What a great idea……and a great start too!Love the colours and textures 🙂

  7. Jensters says:

    So stunning already, and i agree so much more texture although i love paint too x

  8. sweetypie says:

    that is rather beautifull karen.

  9. Karen says:

    32 pages!! Wow! It looks like your off to a fantastic start. Love how this looks. And yes, fabric holds so much more texture and depth. The emotional response is why I choose fabrics as my medium as well. Looking forward to seeing where you take these!

  10. Sweetpea says:

    There will not be any grass growing under your tootsies! geesh, you are mighty enterprising – a most wonderful endeavor :>}}

  11. Karen Turner says:

    Thank you for the encouragement! So far, so good – so much more enjoyable for me to work in cloth and stitch than paint and paper, although preliminary work on paper has been very valuable in this case.

  12. Sandra says:

    Karen this is going to be a lot of work. But I know you'll manage. I love following your process of transforming a drawing into cloth. And yes, I can understand that making depth in cloth is quite a challenge.

  13. Karen this is a wonderful idea and I know you will enjoy the journey.The hardest part is knowing when to stop working on a page – you get so drawn in with the creating. It would be wonderful to see each finished page to appreciate the textures and colours. I have almost finished my first journal and have just loved every moment.

  14. Karen Turner says:

    Thanks, Sandra and Suzi. I'm having loads of fun!

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