Wow! I actually made the deadline! Brilliant... I have overcome the first hurdle and the weekly challenge can continue! (Check out last weeks page).
This week I wanted to do a time capsule page, a snapshot of a particular day, as these are a staple of paper based journalling.
I cheated a little by using a background piece I had quilted to look like a notebook for a previous project - But I'm letting myself get away with it! I then took a selfie and set about asking myself some questions.
The main hurdle to creating a page like this is being able to write all of the text without having to hand-stitch it all (which would take weeeeks). I got around this problem by using several different text techniques which sped things up considerably!
I used felt applique for the 'Friday' lettering, rubber stamps for the '19.Feb', embroidery thread and hand embroidery for the categories. The most effective is the answer text which I typed out on my battered 1950s typewriter, scanned and printed onto transfer paper and ironed in place.
You can get much more information on these techniques on my post '5 Ways to Add Text to Fabric'
I feel a bit guilty that I haven't been making many clothes recently, but yesterday I finally got down to a spot of dressmaking!
This skirt was made from the amazing 'Swan Lake' fabric by Michael Miller which I bought at my friend Sarah's lovely sewing shop in Leicester - Crafty Sew &So. I bought it before Christmas but have only just got around to using it because of all of the other sewing projects I've been doing! Sarah had a sample of a children's skirt made out of it, and as soon as I saw it I knew I would have to have one too!
It is super easy fabric to make a skirt from because both selvedges have the pattern printed on, so all you have to do is cut it in half, sew the to halves together at the side seams and add a waistband! I gathered the front part of mine before attaching it to the waistband, but elasticated the back section (for food-baby days) which also meant I didn't have to bother with zips! The only thing I would change if I did it again is to add some pockets (I was obviously being a bit lazy yesterday!).
I feel like a princess whilst wearing it which is very nice and spins round in a nice way when I turn (especially with one of my 50's style petticoat underneath!).
So proud to announce that my crafted things are now available at the magnificent crafting emporium The Makers Merchant in Fratton, Portsmouth. I urge you to go take a peek at all of their lovely crafting goodies and shelves of lovely handmade delights.
I have decided to start a weekly journal challenge to attempt to create one Stitchbook page per week. Eeeek! Not sure if I will mange it but will give it a go! I'll be looking out for scrapbook challenges along the way for inspiration so if you are taking part in anything let me know!
I'm not setting many rules for myself but there are a few guidelines I hope to follow:
The first page is this one of my baby second cousin Harriet, who was born in November. She is super cute (especially in this cuddly bunny onesie so I couldn't resist creating a page for her after a recent visit).
I am particularly pleased with the date section on this page - which I created by stamping the numbers onto some plain cotton which I then used on plastic self-covering buttons.
Hopefully this won't be a one-hit-wonder and i'll be back next week with another page!
Perhaps you've got to my site by clicking on a nice picture and you're not sure what this strange hybrid of a word means. Perhaps you've been following me for a while and noticed it's started to crop up on a number of my posts.
Well here are some answers! Welcome to your new favourite craft!
Take a look below at some examples and FAQs about Stitchbooking that I have put together......
1: What is Stitchbooking?
I invented the word to explain the art that I create. For me it is a perfect mixture of ideas, a smorgasbord of stitch techniques (embroidery, applique and patchwork), a dollop of scrapbooking aesthetics and a whiff of Illustration. It can incorporate a huge range of other textile crafts, especially quilt making, cross stitch and silk painting.
You can make books or pages like you would in a scrapbook- to record a family holiday or a particular event like a birthday. You could treat it like a journal and create a time capsule of your life right now, or you could make an illustrated book on a particular theme.
2: Why should I try it?
You should definitely give it a go if you like scrapbooking and sewing, it's like an amazing fusion of the two. It has the same benefits as scrapbooking, it is creative, useful to record memories and has lots of lovely bits to hoard and stash!
Some reasons I love it....
3. Do I have to be a sewing whizzkid?
NO! Anyone can make a Stitchbook, whatever your skill level! (I have done them with my secondary school pupils aged 13-14 with some amazing results.)
There are many techniques that you can do with little or no previous experience. However you can also bring your textiles expertise to the table: patchwork backgrounds, cross stitch lettering, embroidery details/ borders.
In fact Stitchbooking could provided you with the perfect showcase for your particular skills.
4. But am I doing it right?
There are no rules! I am all about shortcuts and making things enjoyable and easy.
As far as I’m concerned there is no right or wrong way to sew. Because you are not going to wash or wear your stitchbooks they don’t need to be as robust as clothing or as precise as quilts, so as long as what you have made LOOKS good – then it is successful!
If you like it: do it!
You can have frayed edges if you like a rough shabby chic finish.
Or you can finish everything perfectly if you have a perfectionist streak.
You can go for simplicity and minimalism, letting the pattern and texture of the fabric star or you can add lots of embellishments and create a decorated masterpiece.
5. I don't know where to start!
I know... It's super hard to get going but here are 3 things I can do to help:
1. Look at my gallery to get some inspiration.
2. Look at my etsy shop for some Stitchbook Supplies to get you started.
3. Join my mailing list - Soon I will be posting a free 'How to Start Stitchbooking' e-book to all subscribers.
Let me know if you make a Stitchbook page and i'll feature it on the site!
Last week I went on a Business Visioning course by the Crafts Council - It was really useful and good to meet up with other local crafters trying to turn their passions into a business. However the hardest part of the whole exercise for me was having to sum up my creative practice in a short sentence.
I found it impossible to explain succinctly and struggled to find vocabulary to fit my eclectic style.
I have been making ‘things’ for years but I’ve never before had to describe them to others. I have used the terms ‘fabric journal’, ‘art quilt’, ‘paper quilt’ and ‘fabric collage’ but these are also used by other practitioners to describe different art forms to my own.
I had so many lovely comments about my Morrissey t-shirt that I have decided to make some Celebrity Cameo Brooches to celebrate my favourite famous faces. Currently there are Morrissey and David Bowie ones over in my Etsy shop but there will be more to follow soon!
Each portrait is a print of a hand-embroidered piece of textile art which has been transferred to fabric via the wonders of technology. It has been backed with felt and edged with tiny beads.
Wear them with pride and show the world your inner fan-girl!
Kim is a textile artist based in Portsmouth. She studied Illustration at Kingston University before becoming a textiles teacher. She combines the two disciplines to create retro inspired fabric artworks and playful images of pop culture.