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Map Love Madness Begins


8.5x11" map, stitching, colored pencil 

I will be the first to say that I am obsessed with making maps. I've read a lot of books about maps, books that include maps, and I dream of maps. Off on a bunch of tangents which involve stitching, painting, and collage. It's a map quest.

Reading about the history of maps, looking at map art, reading books with maps has sparked so many visions of maps going through my head. If you like maps, you'll like Jill Berry's book Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking.

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Reader Comments (8)

So effective Tammy! Did you doodle with stitches first and then colour? It looks like a lot of fun.

{Tammy}: Wendy, I actually stitched first, then colored in with colored pencils. It was fun!

02.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

These are AWESOME!!! I love them and will be trying some out after my girlies are in bed tonight. That book sounds lovely too, I have always been a map girl!

{Tammy}: This might be a good project for kids too - I borrowed my younger daughters colored pencils to color in the map!

02.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

oh ME TOO! my book came in the mail on Monday and I've been completely obsessed. (and I wrote a post about how the arrival of my book coincided with your photo organization series and had my head making all kinds of maps and lists and charts).

{Tammy}: iamrushmore, Off to read your post (I am so behind on trying to keep up) but wow, it has been an absolute rush of ideas from every direction and I am THRILLED that you are experiencing it too!

02.3.2012 | Unregistered Commenteriamrushmore

Gorgeous! I have the same question as Wendy above...did you do the stitching or the coloring first? So, so beautiful.

{Tammy}: Andria, Sorry I am so behind on responding to all of the lovely comments this week, I've been super tired. Indeed, it was stitched first and then once I saw the way the texture of the thread on the black paper, it just called out for color!

02.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndria

Wow, this is so beautiful! I LOVE the vibrant colors. I've also been thoroughly enjoying Jill Berry's book. She is a fantastic writer--she just kind of pulls you in. I've started my own map project as well. She is definitely an inspiration!

Just love it!

What type of sewing maching did you use? What was the thickness of paper? I am not a sewing can you tell us how ya did it with specifics.....Great Idea! Love it!

06.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeff Dunn

I use a regular sewing machine with a regular needle and I work on any paper but prefer watercolor paper.

06.10.2013 | Registered Commentergypsy

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