Paper Fabric Tutorial

I love working with paper.  Recently I’ve embarked upon a ‘collage a day‘ exercise, but there are other ways in which I use paper.  One of the things I love to do is to convert flimsy tissue into a substantial surface that will work like a fabric.  It isn’t ‘fabric paper’, this is different, and is a technique I’ve been using for nearly 20 years.  Do let me know if you give it a go.  Lovely effects are possible and you can find all the details here.

Time to rest?

Well, it’s been a really busy weekend.  Four days travelling to various points south, east and west certainly are tiring.  We covered over 500 miles, and had 2 really early starts during this time.  Setting the alarm for 4.30 in the morning isn’t much fun at the best of times, but – setting it two days in a row is even worse.  The days were long, but we had so much fun, met some lovely people, and saw beautiful work.  Today is a rest day.  In effect, a ‘weekend’, but that just hasn’t worked!  We are off again tomorrow to see the students on the Distant Stitch courses, so instead of putting out feet up we are restocking boxes and trays, and soon I have more fabric to iron!  No complaints, I’ll rest up on Wednesday…… I hope.

I had imagined that I would have lots of rest time today, and that I would be able to sew this and that, read a few books that are patiently waiting, and also finger through some mixed media magazines that are sitting on my shelf!  Of course, there won’t be time for any of that, but I am hoping to put another tutorial up sometime in the next short while.  I want to show you all how I make my scrinchies.  The some of the ones I showed you earlier were made from the above stitching, including this one

The pieces are tinier than they at first appear.  I’ll be posting it here first, but no doubt it will make its way onto the blog at some point.

A new tutorial

Some of you know that I publish the occasional tutorial on my personal blog.  Well, today I’ve posted the first stage of a new one.  Keeping a sketchbook is a discipline.  Most people don’t do it because they are afraid of criticism, and because they don’t like what they see – it isn’t ‘good’ enough.  Well, this was the exercise that moved me on from that position, and I’m gladly sharing it with you.  You’ll find it here.  I hope you will give it a go.

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