I've been involved in an interesting online book study in a Yahoo Group. The book is Stitch Alchemy by Kelli Nina Perkins. First we made what is known as stitch paper or fabric paper. It's made on a muslin, or other fabric, base with a glue wash and various layers of paper pieces added. Color can be added when the fabric is wet, or after it dries. And once it dries, various embellishments such as stamps and surface stitching are added. The resulting fabric paper is somewhat stiff, but you can stitch on it and with it.
Next we signed up to swap various items made with the stitch paper. One of these was bookmarks. We could make any number up to 10, send them to the hostess, and she'll return to us the same number of bookmarks, but that have been made by other group members. The swap closes today. I made several bookmarks, but these two stayed home with me..For some reason, I got pretty attached to the bookmarks and wanted to keep a couple of my own.
I'll share some more photos from this study soon. We've already swapped 6" squares of stitch paper, and there is also a love doll swap. A doll made from stitch paper.... now that will be a challenge.
By the way, adding the beads and buttons to the yarn tassels would have been difficult except for a tip I found in a book on scrapbooking. Using a floss threader helps get the bulkier yarns through the holes in the beads quite nicely.
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