Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Journals with Two Needles Coptic Stitch

In my quest to master the Coptic Stitch and to make journals, I tried using two needles at the same time to make these two journals.The reason I wanted to try this method of Coptic Stitch is that I didn't want a long line of thread on the inside of the signatures. The thread can get in the way when creating in a journal.

The stitching in this first journal is a bit wonky. The second and fourth row of stitches are lopsided as compared to the first and third row of stitches, which have the nice braided look.

Red + Orange journal - 6" x 4.75"

I'm still going to use this journal for myself because the desire effect of having the pages lay flat is achieved. I used paper that I have monoprinted for the signatures so, I'm not staring at a blank page when I start creating.


My second attempt at Two Needles Coptic Stitch was much better. All 4 rows of stitching have the even braided look.


Blue + Navy journal - 6" x 4.75"

 As with the first journal, I used paper that I have monoprinted as signatures.



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Friday, July 13, 2018

"Language" sketchbook journal - new sketches

It's been one of those weeks. ***heavy sign*** This week's sketches reflect that sentiment.


"Language" sketchbook journal - "spinning my wheels" and "running in place"

close up - spinning my wheels 8"x5"

close up - running in place 8"x5"



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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Nature Book with Coptic and French Link Stitches

Nature Book with Coptic and French Link Stitch - 5.75"x4.5"

I'm feeling pretty good about my skills with the Coptic and Long stitch so I decided to add another stitch to my repertoire. The French Link stitch is another pretty stitch like the Coptic stitch. I thought that using both of these stitches would make a pretty book. Also, learning the right amount of thread tension is key to this stitch.

I had some papers that I tried to Ecoprint but not all the prints were successful. Instead of throwing out the unsuccessful prints I lightly overdyed all the papers with amber and dark blue-green so each page had some interesting marks. I felt that leaving the book without a cover would nicely showcase the papers. It was a pretty good first attempt at French Link stitch. I am going to continue to practice it so I can get the thread tension correct.

Nature Book - spine

Nature Book - end pages and spine

Nature Book - page 1

Nature Book - last page



Nature Book - inside pages

Nature Book - inside pages


Nature Book - aerial view


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Saturday, July 7, 2018

"Language" sketchbook journal - new sketches

These 2 new sketches created in my "Language" sketchbook journal were loosely inspired by the fireworks that I saw and heard all night on the 4th of July.

"Language" sketchbook journal - "boom" and "nuclear mindfulness"

close up - boom 4"x4"

close up - nuclear mindfulness 7"x4"


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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Commercial Batik Fabric Book with Daisy Runner Stitch

Commercial Batik Fabric Book with Daisy Runner Stitch 6"x4"

I found two more pieces of commercial fabric in my small stash to use to cover a book. I love this floral batik fabric for the outside cover and wish I knew who manufactured it. This fabric paired well with the swirly batik fabric for the inside cover. It's probably the former textile designer in me but I couldn't add any additional stitching except to bind the signatures. I wanted to leave floral batik fabric as is so the colors and design will stand out on its own.

I am learning as I make more books to think about what type of thread and stitch to use so the book tells a story. With this batik fabric, I used Darice Hemp Cord in Turquoise using the Daisy Runner Stitch. The batik fabric and hemp cord conjured up a '60s vibe. The daisy runner stitch ties in perfectly with the floral batik fabric. I used resume paper for the signatures and tore the edges to look more handmade.

outside cover

inside cover

Daisy Runner Stitch

inside cover showing Swirly Batik Fabric and torn signatures

torn resume paper signatures

torn resume paper signatures

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists "Exploration in Fiber"

I'm a member of an amazing good of fiber artist called Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists. We currently have an exhibit called "Explorations in Fiber" at the Cerritos Library. The library located at 18025 Bloomfield Avenue, Cerritos, California. The exhibit will be on display through August 31, 2018. If you're in the area, please stop by. 






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Monday, June 25, 2018

"Language" sketchbook journal - new sketches

I'm sure glad that I have various sizes of paper in my Language sketchbook journal. The last few days I was busy with non-art related responsibilities. I had short amount of time to create art so it was good to have small (4"x4") pages available for quick sketches. I love the organic feel of these two sketches.

"Language" sketchbook journal - "water = life" and "fresh air"

close up - water = life 4"x4"

close up - fresh air 4"x4"


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Thursday, June 21, 2018

"Language" sketchbook journal - new sketches

I have such a heavy heart right now. I'm going to let my art speak for me.

"Language" sketchbook journal - #endfamilyseparation and #keepfamiliestogether

close up - #endfamilyseparation 7"x4"

close up - #keepfamiliestogether 8"x4"

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Duct Tape Cover with Coptic Stitch

It's been quite awhile since I shopped for duct tape. I was surprised to find so many colorful and patterned tapes. I thought it would be fun to use to cover a book. This technique isn't unique but none the less I wanted to give it a try.

I bought a few different patterns of duct tape but wanted to start with a simple pattern that was easy to put into repeat. Besides, I liked the look of this burlap duct tape. This book is 5"x4" with the Coptic Stitch.

Materials used: Burlap Duct Tape, mat board for the substrate, waxed linen thread and resume stationery for signatures.


front cover - 5"x4"

spine view showing Coptic Stitch
 
Opened view showing resume stationery

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Fabric Book with Gathered Long and Link Stitched

I found a few more pieces of commercial fabric in my stash to make another fabric covered book. This black/white with red ribbon book measures 6"x4". I used Lineco Neutral pH Adhesive to glue the fabric to the substrate. As I mentioned in this post, this adhesive works really well in gluing fabric without staining it. The glue dries clear, flexible and fast.

Materials used: cracker box substrate, commercial fabric and ribbon, red thread sewn with machine for detail, pre-waxed book binding thread and resume stationery for signatures.


front cover tied with red ribbon - 6"x4"

spine view with Gathered Long and Link Stitch tied with red ribbon

spine view with Gathered Long and Link Stitch untied red ribbon
  
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