Two more numbers done this week:
0 - This was an exercise in learning to make cording. The material I chose - called Knotmore, new product from the U.S. - was slippery to work with as it's waxed, but overall I'm pleased with how it turned out. Not as neat as I'd like perhaps, but at least I now know how to make cording.
9 - I had been wanting to try embroidery on bookcloth for some time. My plan was to add words in a metallic thread, much, aiming for a look similar to the gold lettering used on book spines. Alas, the metallic thread kept breaking as I worked on the bookcloth (it's a leather-type material). So I then switched to a silk thread, which worked much much better. I'll need to continue trying different types of threads to see what else may work and if I can eventually get the gold colour.
Following its completion back in March, the Alphabet Book has travelled to a few different venues and is next scheduled to be shown at the Navan Fine Arts Show & Sale June 6-7 at the Navan Curling Club. Other upcoming venues are listed on the events page.
An addition is planned for the book - although only parts will be ready for the Navan show. I hope to have some of the new pieces available for viewing even if they are not yet inserted into its pages.
And what are those pieces?
The numbers 0 thru 9. By adding numbers, I will have more flexibility to make additional items such as birthday cards. Each letter - and eventually each number - has been scanned so that cards and other pieces can be made.
Numbers 1 & 5 are done (see pictures below - click on the image for a larger picture).
- 1 is various types of stitches used to sew on buttons
- 5 is handwriting
And while this list is not final, here are some thoughts on the other techniques and/or materials that may be used for make these new additions (and in no particular order and with one extra in the list). I'll be trying to post the completed ones on Sundays.
- water soluble paper
- altered book pages
- needle felting
- smocking (non-traditional)
- cord making
- embroidery on book cloth
Hope to see you at the Navan show!
Awakening the heart
Artist - Anne Warburton
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It's taken years to discover the medium I enjoy the most. And how what I have learned before somehow fits into what I am doing now. Even when I travel my needles and threads are with me so I can continue to create while away.