Paper that is!! 🙂
I promised Laura Kate who is a fiber artist, that I would post about sewing on paper today. I hope you check out Laura Kate’s AWESOME blog!
I like experimenting with many different art materials as many of you may know!
In January of this year, I shared about sewing on Canson mixed media paper in my art journal. If you want to revisit that post, you can find it here: In Stitches…
Last year, February 20th, I shared about sewing on Swedish Tracing Paper, you can find more about that here: Swedish Tracing Paper
I recently created some new experiments using Swedish Tracing paper. It is difficult to SEE that the sewn image below is a eye… I love looking at the back of a piece too!
Sew, (pardon my pun) what papers are best for sewing? Thick or thin?
Well, I have discovered that depends if you are hand sewing or using a machine?
If hand sewing, such as this eye-opener on 140 lb hot press watercolor paper, it helped to use an awl to pre-punch my holes. (A needle would also work if you don’t have an awl).
If machine sewing, be sure to use a sharp needle (paper will dull it rather quickly) and sew at a slow pace. I used rice paper here:
If the paper is slippery like deli paper, it is better to double it so the stitches won’t rip out.
I often use my sewn paper experiments on my Gelli plate. I like how the stitches create their own subtle patterns.
I think the best way to learn is EXPERIMENT!! And record your findings in a journal.
How do you remember YOUR art experiments? I hope you share them with me.