Something New

Back in April, I posted about an artist I follow on Instagram, #kitschychic. I love all of her fabric art that she posts, but I was particularly interested in the fabric rolls she makes. Since I never throw anything away, I have bins filled with tiny fabric scraps. I used these to make a couple of fabric snippet rolls. The process for these snippets was just to glue scraps on 2.5″ wide strips of fabric, then stitch them down. I embellished some with beads, buttons, fabric collage animals, and embroidery. There are so many beautiful examples of fabric snippet rolls online.
Upon further research on these snippets, I discovered journal fabric rolls. These journals tell a story. I guess the fabric snippets also tell a story. The journal fabric rolls I saw were usually a bit wider than the 2.5′ snippets.

Since I have been interested in learning how to Kantha stitch, I thought I would try something new. I thought I could use a journal fabric roll as a practice piece for Kantha stitching. I first became interested in Kantha stitching when I saw the beautiful art created by Mariss, of Fabrication. Mariss sent me a couple of links and answered some questions for me.
Let’s say that the fabric journal I created is Kantha-ish stitching, because it definitely isn’t an example of real Kantha stitching.
Thank you, Mariss, for the inspiration and the tips. The whole process was a fun learning experience. I plan to continue to practice and I hope to learn how to Kantha stitch correctly.

Here are a few of the problems I had with the stitching:
1. I had gelli-printed a 4″ X 41 ” strip of white fabric. I used fabric medium on the acrylic paint. This made the fabric a bit too stiff for smooth stitching.
2. My stitches are not even.
3. Since my stitches are not even, the patterns I tried did not come out.
4. I do not have good control of the thread and it keeps turning and twisting. I have to stop and adjust quite often.
5. Sometimes, I pull too much and the fabric puckers.
6. I used two layers of white fabric, and a satin fabric for the backing. Maybe this wasn’t the best use for the satin, but I thought it would make the backing look good. I was happy with the results.

The fabric journal roll is named, Morning Walk. I stitched some of the things I see on my walks. This morning, I was busy watching a dragonfly hover, dart, and buzz around. When it finally landed, I was able to get a great photo. Of course, I had to put this onto my journal roll.

My plan was to wrap the snippets around some dowels and wooden spools that I ordered. This didn’t quite work, since the ones I ordered were too small for the snippets.

The video also has a photo of the vulture rocks I painted. I mentioned that the vultures are the mascot for the Meemaws because they seem to be wherever we are. I was not able to join the Meemaws this week for a walk in the park, but they sent me a photo of the vultures that were waiting for them. I painted a rock with four vultures, and we plan to place it under the Meemaw tree. I also painted a rock with one vulture for me. The Meemaws said they would give me rocks so that I can paint one vulture for each of them.

So far, it has been a fun week.
Hope you are doing well.
Stay safe.

Fabric Book~100 Day Project

What do you do with 100, 2.5″ x 3.5″, fabric art pieces? I had stored my 100 Day Project pieces in a box, then in a photo album. Thanks to Mariss, of Fabrication, I decided to make a fabric book. I was able to problem solve a way to collate my 100 Day project into a book after Mariss shared photos of one of her fabric journals.
To start the project, I made a page consisting of four of the art pieces. Some of the pieces were larger than the rest, so I had to make single pages. This left me with 29 pages that I would have to figure out how to bind. Initially, I was not going to make signatures, but I changed my mind. The pages were too bulky to just top-stitch together. I liked the patchwork look of the back of each page, so I did not make the signatures with pages back to back. I attached each page to a 1.5″ strip of muslin that had the quarter-inch sides folded down.  The signatures were sewn onto a felt spine that measured 4.5″. I sewed a strip of felt onto each side of the felt spine. These strips were folded back and hand-sewn to give the spine structure after all the signatures had been sewn onto the spine. Then, I had to figure out how to make and attach a book cover. I have a bin of denim from an old pair of jeans. I cut the denim into three sections: front, back, and spine. I decorated the denim with a bird thread sketch that I made a few years ago. On the spine, I attached a strip of denim that I had embroidered. I have quite a few denim patches that I embroider and stitch as I watch television. I chose another stitched block that I had in a bin to use for the back.  I thought I was going to have to hand-sew the cover onto the book, but I was able to use my machine. I  used a zipper foot to help me sew along the edge of a very bulky situation. The covers were lined with a fabric remnant that I have had for a few years.

Signatures: After sewing two signatures together, I would add another set of signatures on top by sewing down the center line of the muslin strip.

Thanks, Mariss! You were a big help in getting this project completed.