Our deliciously delectable December box of goodies from The Stitchbook Collective is all about experimenting with mulberry paper – a technique known as Joomchi.
Helen has sent us some sheets of paper in a variety of colours and has devised a cunningly clever way of felting them together in various ways to produce a fabulous textured surface that can then be stitched.
These are the pieces I have created – before adding any stitching
the one top left is much more see-through held against the light
I haven’t been able to completely wrench myself away from rust dyeing
and found some more goodies in the hardware shop to play with.
This piece of felted paper seemed to go really well with the rust and red wine dyed cotton curtain lining
I discovered that the wet paper can be moulded over textured objects to add surface interest.
This one was moulded over the top of the radiator and looks at home on this piece rust dyed calico
I added some simulated rust staining to the green paper by painting with Koh-i-noor inks.
Just a few stitches to hold it all together and I have this month’s page of the Stitchbook done.
There is more to explore with this technique so I have just ordered some more mulberry paper from Calder Art Supplies in Huddersfield.
I might try rust dyeing the paper when it comes ……..
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Tagged embroidery, joomchi, mulberry paper, paper art, rust dyeing, rustophile, slow stitching, textile art, The Stitchbook Collective, Untangled Threads
Eleonora of Coastal Crochet is coming to Dorset to run a Coastal Coasters workshop.
She has designed this bright and summery poster for the event.
The workshop is on the Sunday after Easter Sunday. Why not come along and make a weekend of it. There are plenty of lovely places to stay around here.
We will crochet with Eleonora all morning and then we can spend the afternoon finishing off our projects. There is always something very special about crafting together.
I have followed Coastal Crochet for a few years now and have really enjoyed watching Eleonora’s journey to becoming a published crochet designer. She always shares such wonderful photos of her travels as well – I’m really looking forward to meeting her!
Here we are at the last ‘Windows’ photo of the year.
This is a photo I took a while back but I thought it summed up this time of year in the Northern Hemisphere, with a glimpse of colour and light to brighten our short winter days.
Thank you so much to all of you who have shared such wonderful photos and stories to go with them each month throughout 2019.
Please leave a link in the comments to share this month’s Windows.
2020 is just around the corner and I am so excited that the theme for the year will be
*** !! ❤ TEXTILE TUESDAYS ❤ !! ***
Let’s gather on the first Tuesday of the month to share what textiles we have found, or textile projects we are working on.
I am so looking forward to sharing some textiley nattering with you all.
The first Textile Tuesday will be on Tuesday 7th January
Let’s go and find more Mermaids Purses
We found lots!
Same beach different sky.
I went back this morning to see if there were more purses to be found
Here is my morning’s haul
Only 8 purses today.
I was so pleased I found a Cat Shark purse, as this is Little Miss M’s (aged 7) favourite.
And this is what happens when your granddaughter tells her Mum that she would ‘fill it with pearls if she found one’
Just look at those colours!
Walking along the Sea Wall this morning,
my intention was to power walk along for about a mile and back again, but when the spring tide has thrown up these beauties
of course it turned into the usual beachcombing walk
Drama in the skies – just before I got very wet walking back to the car
Worth it though!