oooops I just said its nearly Christmas and here is a gift idea.
Just for fun
I hope your creative time has been full and happy in the past weeks, don’t forget it feeds the soul. I have been busy in the studio/sewing room this week. Happily creating an artwork to exhibit at The Berry Quilting Exhibition which will be held at the Berry School of Arts Alexandra Street Berry (Cnr of Princess St). The exhibition will be open to the public from 9:30am to 4pm Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 August.The piece is at the bottom of the page.
I have also posted just a little bit of play stitching on paper bark with my beautiful Bernina 720 which approaches all textures and layers with grace and ease. Give it a try it is wonderful to incorporate in all sorts of textile art projects .
I thought I would share some play time with you, it is an idea for making gorgeous blank journals which will make fantastic gifts, I hesitate to say for Christmas ;-). This is the first one I have made and it is just a sample, far from perfect but it is a thought bubble for you to own and create .
Blank note/art book approx 16cm x 22cm must be thickish hard cover.
1. Select and image of one of your designs or any image you like.I have used a manipulated image of a water Lilly art work of mine.
2. Print a large full page image on normal print paper ( and then 2 smaller images one I used on the cover and the other inside the first page this will be discussed in further instructions). The sizing of this will depend on your note book sized and the size of the frame/window you wish to use.
When you have decided on the correct size for these mini prints print them on paper (or if you wish on silk using transfer printing method) .
5. I printed my mini image for the window onto normal print paper and then fused a layer of silk organza over the top.I then layered this onto a piece of cotton rag paper as backing which gives it strength for machine and hand stitch stitch you could use calico backing instead of cotton rag paper. I machine and hand stitched to enhance original design.
6. The mini piece for the page that first shows when the book is opened I added some machine embroidered words too after it was machine stitched to hand made cotton rag paper.
"My work is an expression of my life, my life full of happiness, joy, a beautiful family, good friends and laughter. My inspiration comes from warm winter sun, the sound of the ocean, darting dragonflies, places I have been, family holidays, first spring gardens and everyday life. To wake each day knowing I will be creating an artwork that brings joy to those who see it is very fullfilling."