Sunday, 11 September 2016

More ideas……. chapter 11

I have some really beautiful leaves made from hand made paper and would like to use them?


023 (2)

026 (2)


I love the idea of placing these somehow into the pockets created by the front and back pages of my concertina book in chapter 11

Wondering if I could create some surprises like this little book from chapter 10

“Take a leaf from my book!”

maple leaf

And maybe print some photos of the fall onto some beautiful delicate paper which could be torn into shape?

I have this gorgeous photo of the forest floor for instance:

forest floor

I would need to consider the colours………

Friday, 9 September 2016

Post script chapters 10 and 11

I should add that the book I took information and  inspiration from for chapter 10 was Cover To Cover by Sheree La Plantz.

I also discovered 2 beautiful books by Cas Holmes Stitch Stories and The Found Object both of which are a wonderful resource for bringing together ideas.

Chapter 11 To make a special book structure related to media

In this chapter we have to create an embroidered panel which will be incorporated into a special book structure related to media.

I want to create a book structure which reflects my experience during a trip to New York in the fall of 2014.

I plan to make my book structure using hand made paper supported by linen scrim which has been embedded during the paper making process.

There are several techniques from this module which I’d like to include:

  • The forest floor samples at the end of chapter 8 where I  experimented with with incorporating letter and leaf shapes and motifs.
  • The lettering and media patterns in chapter 4 especially those further developed in sample 7 chapter 8 using stitchery into paper [cable stitch].

Playing with ideas:

text 2

I made up a small paper model to help clarify my ideas in a visual way [ this isn’t the bigger mock up which will come later in the chapter].

The front page:

final project 3

Flat layout:

final project 1

Concertina effect developing:

final project 2

My next task was to make more sheets of handmade paper with scrim embedded between two layers [for strength] as on these I plan to add text worked in machined cable stitch. These will reflect and be placed behind the leaf and letter motifs.

Ideas for the lettering patterns text which will reflect the letter and leaves motif in chapter 8.

lettering 1

Paper samples using PVA, inks and oil sticks [sample 17 Chapter 2]


writing pattern 5


writing pattern 3


writing pattern ideas 2


writing pattern ideas 1


writing pattern 4


writing pattern 6

An example of a cable stitched sample which would be worked as per the text with a vermicelli effect as a background [with the exception of sample 4:

cable stitch text

Putting together my book structure:

I wanted my embroidered motifs to be arranged in a particular sequence as mentioned earlier

I started by printing off my letter and leaf motifs and lettering samples. I placed these back to back to make a strong structure with interest  on both sides.

To produce the concertina book type I decided to work blanket stitch at the joining edges and then added an insertion stitch to give a lovely decorative page turning method. I used threads of complimentary colours within my colour scheme

The motifs and letter patterns are arranged in such a way to reflect each others’ meaning.

Lay out of motifs:

panel 1

Concertina of motifs:

concertina 1

Concertina of lettering:

concertina 2

Manhattan  embroidered motif and lettering pattern folded to compliment each  other, I love the grid effects

concertina 3

Motif N and New York in the fall lettering:

concertina 7

Leaf motif and American oak and maple lettering:

concertina 5

Triangular option:

concertina 6

This will be the first  [cover] page:

front page

I need to think of a clasp and brought back these gorgeous acorn shells. I need to think of how to use them, perhaps with some hand made paper maple leaves.

clasp leaves and acorns

Maybe like this with a beautiful wrapped cord.

front page with acorns

Chapter 8 revisited

I have made another forest floor motif to add to those in chapter 8, I already had the embroidered N motif and the maple leaf / american oak but I wanted to add a similar motif featuring the enhanced letter Y. The N and Y represent the initials for New York whilst the maple leaf and american oak represent the forest floor. All together I want them to stand for New York in the fall and how this works will become clearer soon as I begin to work on my book structure.

Y letter motif

Y letter motif

Monday, 25 July 2016

Chapter 10. Book–type structures to try out.

This chapter is in preparation for the final project for this module, we have to make a finished item developed from ideas we have developed so far, in the form of a book or port-folio-type structure.

We have to think imaginatively as books can come in all shapes and forms but we need to consider some mock-ups of our ideas and how our embroidery techniques could be incorporated upon at least one embroidered panel within the structure.

I haven’t used my best hand made papers as I need to keep them for later but I found some yellow and purple card and papers  to practice with. Although these were great for getting to grips with the techniques I decided I wanted to use some more interesting papers for effect.  Along with less precious hand made papers I found some  old ones I’d used for transfer printing which were great – never throw  anything away!

I’ve included both sets here so it may look as if I’ve repeated myself but I had loads of fun working through this chapter. This is new to me and I’ve always wanted to learn how to make books so I seized the opportunity full on!

1. Pamphlet books. These are simple books made by folding pages and inserting them into a firmer outer cover. Each set of pages is known as a pamphlet and is held in pace by stitching. These are hand stitched using 3 or 5 holes depending on the size of the book. Accurate folds are made with the aid of a bone folder and the holes for stitching accurately measured and pierced to ensure that the cover and pages are in alignment.

bone folder preparing pamphletspamphlet stitch

book pamphlet

2. Multiple books have been made from a longer outer cover to accommodate more sets of pamphlets in the folds. It was interesting to play around with different textures of paper.

multiple books

3. Here the outer cover and pamphlets are in the shape of a leaf and have been secured by machine stitching.

maple leaf

4. Extra folds in the spine allow for insertion of extra pamphlets

differently folded spine

5. The addition  of  an external spine with cover and pamphlets  secured by thread or ribbon

added spine

6. Decorative stitching has been used to secure the pages. Again accurate folds and placing of the holes for stitching are necessary. A fold adjacent to the stitching allows for the book to be opened easily. I was interested in the edgings we looked at in a previous chapter so experimented more with this on the right hand sample.

dec stitching 2

7. These books have been made out of 2 flat covers inside which the pamphlets have been secured with a decorative chain stitch which weaves horizontally across the spine. I love this technique and spent extra time on it to make some books from some precious collaged boards I’d already made. I use some machine wrapped threads to add colour and texture

chain stitch

8. Pamphlets secured by stitching into the spine

stitched spine

9. Pamphlets turned into books in the absence of a cover by using strips of paper glued in place and stitched in place as before and incorporating the strips of paper

strips of paper binding

10. Variations on a theme – One book with stitching into the spine [left] , exposed spine and pamphlets stitched and woven together [centre].  I made the one on the right at Summer School about 4 years ago, the pamphlets are stitched  individually and then needle woven together. In all three  ends of thread are left on the outside and beads added.


11. Multiple book with cover and pages joined with blanket stitch as separate entities and then brought together with insertion stitch. Love this!

insertion stitch books

12. Unusual bindings . Left to right: needle woven sticks, rubber band with it’s ends held in place by stiff card at the back and single stick all used with an exposed spine.

unusual bindings

13. Pamphlet stitch used to incorporate sticks at their centre with a cork base and button fastening on the left and same book opened up on the right

book on a stickbook on stick open

14. Concertina book. Long piece of paper folded in concertina fashion and two ends glued to cover. It folds in nicely or stretched out as shown.


15. Clever folding and cutting. An A4 sheet has been folded in half  lengthwise and then across the length three times before being cut along the centre as shown.

folding and cutting

16. Pages threaded together with beads to separate them and hung horizontally

hanging book

17. Wrap around book and experiments with closures

wrap around book

17.  The complete set!

complete set