This two-page spread, Birds of a Feather, came about because a crafting friend, Phoenicia, sent me a picture of embroidery on an old page, here. I followed several links until I found PaperStitch and more about the artist, Jessica, along with some tips on how to embroider on paper. Embroidery is not my thing, but I loved how it looked and wanted to try it. I got off to a bit of a rocky start because I didn’t have any embroidery thread or an embroidery needle. I tried it with regular thread and ended up losing track of where I was on the project. I had knots on the back and then on the front and it was a mess. I realized I needed to start over once I had the right supplies. My sister Kathleen let me have some embroidery thread and a needle. I glued a sheet of graph paper to the back of an old page from a math textbook to give it some strength. The old paper is kind of brittle. I used a feather template that I’d previously found at Lia Griffith handcraft your life (sometime I’m going to make some paper feathers, which is what the template was for) and scribbled on the back of the page with a pencil so I could transfer the design to my paper. Jessica at PaperStitch said to put your design on the back of the paper so it doesn’t show in the finished piece. Next, I pierced holes in the paper following the pattern. I threaded the needle with three strands of embroidery floss and started stitching the feather design. Because I’m working on paper instead of cloth, I’m careful not to try and do more than one stitch at a time because I don’t want to tear the paper. The paper is old but I wanted to distress it even more so I used some ink around the edges of the page which you can see on the finished spread. I’ve had this sweet bird stencil for awhile and thought it would compliment the feather design. The background is a thin layer of gesso brushed then scraped across the page with a plastic card then inked up with some distress inks. The birds are done with several colors and types of felt pens that I used to ink a stiff brush. Flowers cut from different papers finished the birds page. I mounted some with glue dots for a little dimension. I’m pleased with the finished pages and will probably do more embroidery on paper. Maybe I’ll even learn some proper stitches. Thanks for stopping by. Thank you to Phoenicia for lighting a creative spark.
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Daffodils are linked in my mind with my birthday and the arrival of spring. This year I visited Filoli in hopes of seeing the Daffodil Meadow in bloom. I was not disappointed.
Daffodils were in lavish supply.
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