Stitching paper

Of course, it was obvious, really. I’m making a cloth book for these little cards, with pages about 7″ x 10″. I’m layering fabrics over a felt base, then stitching the felt-backed pages to a single leaf torn from blue hand-dyed cotton.

As you can see, I’ve stitched through the card to attach it to the page. This is much easier if you prick the holes first with a pin. I’m keeping the stitching very simple so that the cloth background doesn’t compete too much with the focal image.

The cool colour palette – blues, greens, purples – is the typical choice of an introvert. Extraverts tend to be drawn naturally towards warmer colours. A generalisation, but broadly true. I usually have to work hard to stay with reds, and very hot colours can make me feel decidely jittery after a while. We all have our natural place in the palette, and our natural sense of harmony with colour.

The bee is a little card-making charm, coloured with inks and glued to a cardboard Scrabble tile, also coloured with inks and coated with sparkly nail varnish. I can’t remember how long ago I originally made these; it must be 4-5 years ago, I guess.

Funny how things step across the bridge from the past to be back in the present. More pages tomorrow.

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12 Responses to Stitching paper

  1. suzy says:

    These pages are just divine so simply assembled yet so beautifully arranged and stitched!

  2. Chris Gray says:

    That’s delightful!

    …love the little bee charm especially 🙂

  3. Bea says:

    These are just beautiful! Very much my colours too.

  4. Connie Rose says:

    The cloth pages with cards attached are really lovely! Like early spring.

  5. Rachel says:

    I guess my affection for orange and green just shows that I’m officially a Crazy Mixed Up Kid, then!

    I’m always fascinated by this sort of mixed-media work. It feels so profoundly unnatural to me that I can’t even begin to think of how to do it, so I’m always wildly impressed by people who can.

    • Karen Turner says:

      Mid-spectrum colours, yes… Of course, I was generalising wildly. There are cool reds and warm blues. But always strange to think that any colour is just white light in waves.

  6. annie! says:

    love them so much

  7. JUST GORGEOUSxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  8. just love this. funny, but in the past couple years – since I retired – my colour preferences have changed dramatically. can’t tell you why!

  9. helen salo says:

    These are wonderful!

  10. Sally jo says:

    Whatever the color palette means, I love these and they are very nicely done. Beautiful!

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