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Stitching Pages

Stitching random curves.

Lines around the page edges.

Stitched this acrylic rainbowy page separately, then cut it up and sewed it onto this page.

Stitching around photos, stitching random circles.

More stitching.

Stitching squiggly, curvy "quilting" lines on this collage.... the reverse is a fairly blank page {see below}.

The back of the "quilted" page looks like stitched blue jeans now.

The back of a stitched photo is a random rectangle on a collage, no worries.

Making more progress on The Noticing Journal by adding texture with stitching. Some of the pages were already falling out, so that's where I started. If you are going to stitch your altered book pages, take a look at the reverse of each page. If it's a collage you might not mind a random square, circle or rectangle or squiggle. If you've written words on the reverse, you might mask them and that might not be what you want. I love the look and feel that stitching adds to art journal pages. How to do it? Just put your paper under the sewing machine needle just as you would place fabric. Same needle, same process. Just don't use thin paper - you can use watercolor paper, bristol paper, heavy cardstock, or you can attach thin paper to thick paper with the machine. To do a circle, you just turn your paper delicately or weave one way, then another, to get a wavy look... don't tug, as you can break a needle, take it from one who knows it well.

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Reader Comments (9)

Umm, stitched paper is my FAVORITE THING EVER! (Sorry to shout there a bit.) I love the random rectangle on the collaged page. I received my art journal BINGO cards in the mail and blogged about them recently. Thanks so much!!! As always, your creative inspiration is much, much, much appreciated!

09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndria

Love the rainbow dot page!

09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStargirl

LOVE all the photos and journalings in this post Tammy, so much prettiness! It's been way to long since I stitched paper, need to have a paper-sewing-date with myself I think.

09.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenteriHanna

Hi Tammy - I'm loving your pages and have added you to my blog roll! Your work is very different from mine and totally inspirational - encouraging me to try new things! Lovely to find you - through Pinterest.

09.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRosie

Yum, is there anything more delicious than stitched paper? I don't think so. (Well, chocolate maybe, but that's the only thing I can think of). Lovely pages!

09.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCaatje

Beautiful colors!!

09.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer K

If you quilt, chances are you have a free motion quilting foot for your machine; that would allow you to move the paper in any direction, without worrying about breaking the needle (I, too, can relate!). Thanks for the inspiration; off to try this today!

Shine on!

09.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelley Fewer

These may be the only comments I can post, because it's going slower and slower and forgetting my ID info on the form, so... we'll see.

I have recently fallen in love with stitching on paper! These pages are vibrant and textural and just what I love. Getting ready this morning to work on journal pages, and I think I'll be taking out that sewing machine...

09.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Completely in love with stitching on paper - I've tried it once or twice and put the sewing machine away... perhaps treating the sewing machine as another art journaling tool will bring a new lease of life to it.

On the weekend I did a little 'pretend' stitching with some papercraft... i.e. I used a black marker to draw zig-zag lines around the edge of a piece of patterned paper, so it looks like it was stitched to the plain card below it. It was quite effective! And very quick too.

09.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen

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