This is the cover of my Stitched Paper Journal.
I have not bound the book, because I find it easier to work with loose pages for stitching.
Abstract Page 1
Lynn wrote that she like the idea in my profile of using paper plates with holes punched in them to teach young children to sew. I told her that I would try to find one of the paper plates that I had stitched as a little girl, but I was unable to. Probably went the way of all things.
Sun Spot page 2
The idea for the book at first was to be a dictionary of stitches. Stitching paper worked well for single stitches but I felt it would be a challenge when it came to stitches that needed multiple holes and some ease.
My husband is a amateur radio operator and is always checking the space weather for sun spots.
Right now we are in a solar minimum and it should be getting a lot colder.
Spiral page 3
I was listening to music, which is what I usually do while I am working on this book. I was thinking about the rhythm of the music and the rhythm of the stitches. I was thinking about them being a beat either close together or far apart. I think it is neat that the edge on the right looks like a negative of a profile of a face. It wasn't intentional but it was appropriate, as I like to meditate while doing these pages..
Pomegranate Page 4
My son, Isaac loves pomegranates. My daughter does too, but when I buy one I buy it with Isaac in mind. I sat down one evening with Isaac and Catherine and we all drew together. I drew a few sketches to do in stitches with conte crayons that I had bought recently. I wasn't really thinking about how I would stitch these when I drew them. I just was drawing quickly and without thought of "making art".
Abstract 2 page 5
It was Catherine's idea that we all draw together. I wanted to do more stitching on my Dug Out quilt, but she reminded me that I really needed to work on drawing more. Catherine is a really good artist. She loves to do faces and the anatomy. I am hoping that one day she will put her work up on Flicker or create her own blog. Right now she is working on making a book of her drawing like I am doing these stitched pages. I think she has about 5 or 6 of them done.