Two weeks this time, as I was poorly last week and so couldn't post. Luckily though being ill did not hinder my sewing progress and I still managed to complete a couple of pages.
The first page is a celebration of one of my favourite places to visit: The Natural History Museum in Dublin. I first went to this lovely place for a drawing trip during my second year at University, but these photos were taken just a couple of years ago when I introduced my Mum to the wonders of taxidermy there during a family holiday.
The second page is inspired by the interactive nature of 'quiet books' for children, which have various activities on each page to keep little ones entertained. There are many homemade fabric versions of these books on Pinterest and they show incredible creativity in the way the pages can be made interactive.
I decided to make a velcro bookcase onto which I have added a felt version of each book I have read this month. I have used fabric transfer paper to print the front covers but left the backs blank felt so that the stick to the velcro.
I have also bound my first 4 pages, but you will have to wait to see them!
Another week completed! This week I tried to put a bit more time into this project to catch up with myself! So I created a front and inside cover for the stitchbook. (I probably should have done this before starting- but apparently I'm a maverick)
The front cover has been hand pieced using white and blue found fabric with an felt applique title. I hand embroidered a zig-zag pattern around the inner circle for stability and to frame the title.
The inside cover is a patchwork of blue and white squares decorated with a grid of french knots. There are three rows of ribbon which will act as the spine as I sew the book together. (Hopefully this will become clear next week as the first group of pages go in.
I secured the outside and inside covers together and bound the edges with green velvet ribbon which I love because it demands you to touch it!
Well, I didn't quite make it last week - I was stupidly working on two pages at once, (one for the week as well as quite a time consuming front cover) and of course didn't manage to get either of them quite finished on time! But I have now finished the week 3 one and I will try and catch up during the rest of this fourth week!
This page is based on a selfie I took in front of one part of my (colour coordinated) fabric stash - this is very important to me at the moment as it is the only fabric I have access to, the rest being in storage waiting until I'm able to move out.
I tried to use a limited colour palette to create the central patchwork strip which I think ties in well with the fabric in the photo. I used similar coloured bakers twine for the radiating lines which I attached using the couching method.
I appliqued the selfie lettering from felt and used rubber stencils for the 'fabric stash' lettering.
Really amazing to be able to send off so many cat cushions to new homes today at Southsea Market! I braved the cold and rain (with the help of stylish tartan blankets and many cups of tea) to spend the day sharing a tent with the lovely Kendal James and Smashed Candles.
Above: Some of the cats rehoused today.
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.