Nina's Textile Trail

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Sketchbook – 9/9/2014

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Looking through my media library, I realised that I hadn’t posted  this in September.

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Constantly aware that I should be doing more in my sketchbook, early in September, using a design on a Schweppes label, I sat down to paint some patterns.  Initially I tried to copy the the designs, but the result was ‘stiff’ and had no energy.

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I persisted and found that working faster gave the work more character.

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I collaged a corner of a page and liked the effect so collaged a page with a combination of brown paper, tissue and hand made paper and painted onto it.

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Inspired by my efforts, I made some ‘fabric paper’ by laying a piece of muslin onto a piece of freezer paper and collaging a mixture of papers on to the fabric with watered down pva.  Left to dry overnight, it can be peeled off the freezer paper easily and stitched into.  I found it hard not to be neat and precise with my free-stitched spirals (above) and tried to work faster and move the paper more haphazardly below.

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Lots of examples and details of making ‘fabric paper’ can be found in the following book.

Perkins, K (2009) Stitch Alchemy Interweave Press LLC

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