Yesterday I made fabric paper. I wanted to see if there were any advantages to using it for stitching rather than just using paper. I’d already found that the colours (when painted with watered down acrylic paint) were really lovely. Today I wanted to try stitching the fabric paper.
For some sections I’d used pieces of wrapping paper with hearts on it. Some of the hearts were showing throught the paper. The problem was some had ’40’ written inside. I wondered if I would I be able to cover up the number so that it could not be seen.
Next, there were some lovely butterflies (from another wrapping paper) showing through the tissue paper. This is a picture showing one of the butterflies on the sewing maching (I forgot to take the before picture, but remembered while I was stitching):
In retrospect I should have cut out a square with the butterfly at the centre, rather than to one side. I’m not sure whether I’m going to leave this in a small rectangle or whether I’m going to cut close to the edge of the butterfly (in which case I might have to remove the antennae and stitch them back on the backing fabric).
On the next section there were letters and numbers showing through:
So far I’ve only stitched about half of the squares on one piece of fabric paper. What I’ve found so far is:
- The fabric paper is very easy to stitch. It’s stronger than paper, and certainly less likely to tear. Despite the fact that the pva was watered down well the paper fabric was quite stiff, but not too stiff to work with.
- I could see some of the patterns of the papers underneath the tissue papers, and I could follow the lines to stitch the patterns. Where I had difficulty seeing the pattern I just looked at the remaining wrapping paper to clarify where the lines were. It was a bit like painting by numbers, and I wondered if it could be classified as cheating!
- The position of pattern within the cut pieces is important if you’re going to cut rectangles, squares etc.
- The best wrapping paper to show up was the one with coloured butterflies on a white background. I’m going to be keeping my eyes open for other wrapping papers showing quite a bit of contrast and clear objects/patterns.
I’ve realised that I need to think more about what I’m going to do with the stitched pieces. I had thought about stitching them on one of the other pieces of fabric paper, but it seems as though though all the cutting and positioning wrapping paper etc was all for nothing. I’m now thinking about making more fabric paper, but using plain computer paper in place of the wrapping paper and pictures etc. That way I still have the colours and texture showing through from the background, but not the patterns.
Overall I have to say that fabric paper is wonderful stuff! I love the colours, I love the texture, it’s wonderful to stitch, and I’m sure the small sections can be used in lots of different projects. I’m looking forward to more stitching fabric paper tomorrow.