Sunday, 15 May 2011

Stitchin'

I spent yesterday at a class run by Carole Bury at my local Embroiderers' Guild.  It was very stimulating and gave me lots of food for thought.  We started off my cutting strips of tissue and (carefully) stitching them together, then cutting them again and sewing them vertically, offsetting them and then adding more than one type of paper.  Apparently it's based on seminole patchwork carried out by the Seminole Indians.


From that I could see all sort of possibilities. The sample below is three layers of paper with narrowly stitched lines.  I then cut through the top two layers between the stitched lines.  The top layer was cut away more than the second layer


The two samples below used handmade marbled paper as the top layer. I pushed up the edges for a more textured effect.


a close up....


The sample below, I stitched up and down the rows in a continuous line and then cut through the top two layers from the open end.


I can see all sorts of ways of developing this.  You know how it is when you can feel your mind buzzing with ideas??? These are all papers that have been sitting my stash years. You never quite know what effect it's going to create which is exciting in itself.  Those of you who do patchwork probably know this as reverse applique but it's a whole new thing to me!

28 comments:

sam21ski said...

WOW Fantastic, great samples too. Love the last one.

Sam xxx

http://sam21ski.blogspot.com/

Neet said...

Oh WOW Carol - that is fantastic. I would never have thought you could do that with stitching and paper. What a fabulous course that must have been. Looking forward to seeing more of your developments. A feast for the eyes tonight!

Chris said...

These are wonderful, Carol. I've seen something similar before but they weren't as good as yours. They look like fabric. I love the colours on the last one, gorgeous.

flutterbycrafter said...

Wow, these look fabulous, it's lovely when you discover something new, will watch with interest to see what you do next xx

thekathrynwheel said...

Wow, these are amazing. I just can't believe what you can create from paper!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Wow wow these are stunning, so effective, love them. Tracy xv

Suzanne C said...

WOW! These are wonderful! Love the colors and techniques.

Netty said...

Carol this is so effective and beautiful. How on earth did you stitch through tissue without tearing it - amazing. Look forward to seeing how you use these. Enjoy your week, Annette x

Chris A. said...

FANTASTIC!

Sue said...

Oh Carol, these ae FAB!!! I can see why you are inspired. They'd make great book covers :)

Heather said...

The effects you have achieved are amazing Carol - fantastic workshop - and how different the results are when paper is used instead of fabric. Your samples are so delicate and beautiful.

Lynne Moncrieff said...

I love the fact you showed all the stages and that at every stage there is such beauty in the piece.
Quite remarkable that the base is tissue paper.
Gorgeous!
Lynne x

Createology said...

This is fabulous. What texture and intrigue from sewing and cutting papers. Love what you have created. Happy week to you...

Karin said...

What amazing effects you have achieved, WOW!

Dotpat said...

Carol these are amazing I love them

karen said...

these are beautiful, I especially love the top image.

Marilyn Rock said...

How fascinating and certainly beautiful! They are so delicate looking yet so much luscious texture! These are awesome Carol!

Kim B said...

Just found your blog. That is completely fascinating. We have so many similar interests. I signed up to follow...Hope you have a wonderful week.

Alison said...

Oh my Carol! These look amazing! Isn't it great to try new things?!
Have a fab weekend! xx

Sarah Anderson said...

What fantastic pieces - sounds like you had a great, great day!

Pia said...

wow fantastic teknic, beautiful
hugs Pia

Hermine said...

Absolutely fabulous!!!

Sarita said...

I can honestly I've never seen anything like this, but that's just one of the reasons I love visiting your blog as you're always bringing us new ideas.
Very effective and the techniques you've used are just so insprational,
Love Sarita xx

Joanna K (aka Asia K) said...

Can't quite work out the full process of achieving the effect you presented but it looks absolutely amazing! Love it!!!

mimilove forever said...

ooo now that is effective! I can't wait to see where you go with this madam

Big loves from your parsnip petrified pal! ;0)
xxx

Juls said...

so creative!! Hugs Juls

Carrie said...

these are great Carol - I could do with going home from work now and pulling all my papers from my old stash and letting rip :0)

Cynthia Schelzig said...

These are some of this world patterns and I love what you did here...looks beautiful!