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!
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.