Hello peeps, I have finally finished my first paper and cloth project, its only a small bookmark but I was quite pleased with how it came out.
I thought I would do some steps to explain how I made it, but for full details on how to create some amazing projects then I recommend the book "Stitch Alchemy" by Kelli Perkins (mentioned in a previous post) as its SO inspiring.
So grab and coffee and kick back for a couple of minutes if your interested in how to make one.
First I laid out some ironed cotton fabric onto freezer paper (the freezer paper protects the table). I then mixed PVA with water (about 50/50) and soaked the fabric with it adding torn vintage book pages, tissue paper and pattern tissue paper. I kept adding the PVA/water until it was all soaked through.
I added some colour with mica powders and sprayed a little water over to help fix the mica.
I then left it to dry overnight.
I then added fabric dye sprays and some water to help the colour flow. I am sure you could use paper spray ink, but I wasn't sure whether the colour would transfer to other surfaces and I knew that the fabric dye was permanent once heat set so I played it safe.
I then added some more colour and texture with stamps
Here is the finished sheet. I then decided to free machine embroidery all over the sheet to add some additional colour and texture. Now, this was a BIG mistake as I was going to make a patchwork bookmark so when I cut the sheet up the embroidery started to come apart, so I had to unpick it all! That's an hour of my life I won't be getting back!
I then cut the sheet up into random pieces and sewed them together with a zig zag stitch on the machine to create a long thin piece. I then backed it with grey felt and machine stitched all around the edges several times. I finished it off by punching a hole in the bottom, adding an eyelet and some fancy fibres.
Voila, a new and unique bookmark using only old stash, but with a new technique.
So there you have it, a nice colourful fabric and paper bookmark using my current stash! Its so easy to buy new stash (I know, I am terrible with it!! Missing the NEC this year so I am having withdrawal symptoms but I have SO much stash I really need to concentrate on using up what I already have!!).