Monday, June 21, 2010

Stitch Alchemy book

I have a wonderful new book that was an early birthday present from my son and daughter-in-law.   Stitch Alchemy by Kelli Perkins is all about combining fabric and paper for mixed-media art.  The author refers to the resulting product as paper-cloth.  I have also heard it called fabric paper.  This is a process that I am anxious to try out!

Why paper-cloth?  For one thing, you can create colors and designs that are uniquely original, rather than depend on commercial fabric.  For another, you can cut paper-cloth and applique it without turning under the edges.  Paper-cloth can be stitched, painted, and embellished to your heart's content.

To make paper-cloth, you can use cheap, plain muslin, white craft tissue paper, and white glue.  Once you get the base prepared, you can add almost any surface design technique, such as stamping, stenciling, texturing, and almost any paint technique.  There are pages and pages of instructions and ideas for "saturating your paper-cloth with juicy color."

I can't wait to get started!  Even the pages of the book are juicy and inviting.  Great gift!

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