Saturday, 31 January 2015

Module 4 - Chapter 9 - Stitched Edges

Experiments with stitch to decorate the edges of hand made paper:

The paper edge was folded and glued to give a firm surface. A punch was used to create holes. Raffia and hemp were threaded through the holes forming an over-cast pattern.

A synthetic fabric was wrapped over the edges of the paper. Overcast stitching was used around the edges to hold the fabric to the paper. The excess fabric was then melted away using a heat tool.

An automatic machine stitch was used to decorate the edge of the paper. This was combined with blanket stitch, hand stitched around the edge.

An automatic machine stitched was worked around the edge of the paper, placing thread fibres underneath the stitching to give a soft, irregular appearance.

An undulating rhythm of rough jute parcel string was couched down around the edge of the paper with contrasting cyan embroidery thread. 

Fly stitch was worked around the edge of the paper in groups of three. The turquoise stitch on the outer edge was beaded.

A thin, torn strip of indigo scrim was attached to the edge of the paper using small groups of blanket stitch worked in gold thread.

A piece of blue handmade paper with an irregular edge was attached to a slightly larger sheet of white handmade paper with a more regular edge. This was decorated with randomly spiralling brown free machine stitching, and then in contrast, a row of gold automatic machine stitch in a star pattern was worked close the the edge.

Lock stitch was worked around the edge of the paper with a clump of blue threads stitched around the outer edge, and beige/gold threads stitched around the inner edge. The outer edge was further decorated with beads.

Samples 0906, 0907 & 0909 were inspired by Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn's book 'Stitch Magic'.

1 comment:

  1. Lovely to look at your work Julia and see how far I have to go! This is a great module