Thursday, November 24, 2022
Thursday, September 29, 2022
September has always been my favourite month of the year, and not just because it's my birthday month! I have always loved the changes in the light, the air; and to me, a sense of a new beginning. I created this journal as a love letter to September (and to myself), to write down my thoughts and dreams at this beautiful time of the year.
After gathering a pile of some vintage linens and a pretty deep mauve coloured skirt bought from a thrift store, I created a lot of collaged paper that I had tea dyed and inked, and then sewed some fabric scraps into signatures and also as pockets on some of the pages.
I decided on a soft fabric cover and added some lace and ribbons to tie the journal together. I handmade the flowers by taking strips of same fabric and running a long gathering stitch down the center, gathering up the strip of fabric, and then winding them into a circular flower shape. I sewed the gathered fabric together at the bottom, and then hand sewed them onto my cover.
Here are some photos of the signatures:
I had a tiny light bulb go off in my head one night, and thought to add several strips of sari ribbon to use as a book marker, and then found this adorable little magnifying glass to add a little whimsy. I sewed a small lace pocket on the right page so that when not in use, it can be tucked away.
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
I was quite late in discovering slow - stitching; but since then, I've found myself a bit obsessed with hunting for vintage fabrics, especially antique linens and laces. Now that I have built up a little collection, I can start to create collage projects by grouping together like colours and textures.
I found slow - stitching described as:
Slow stitching is a new art form built on old traditions. The movement was originally spearheaded by Mark Lipinksi, one of the quilting industry's most well-known figures.
Slow stitching is a craft where modern creativity meets ancient practices; a craft that's about the journey, not the destination. Slow stitching isn't about mending or making garments from a pattern. Neither is it about working towards a goal or a timeframe.
Slow stitching is about using the needle and thread in the same way you'd use a paintbrush. It's about creating art, about enjoying the process rather than worrying about the product.
Basically, slow stitching is about taking a step back from the busy, chaotic world we live in. It's about appreciating the moment, about taking a few deep breaths and relaxing. In other words, it's about mindfulness.
Doesn't that sound wonderful? An art practice that is relaxing - not stressful, more concerned with exploration - rather than fixed goals, focused on peaceful enjoyment - not rules, or complicated expectations. As well as, low investment! You can pick up a few fabrics at your local thrift store, and some basic trims, needles and embroidery thread at your local craft store.
If you love fabrics and sewing, I highly recommend you try your hand!
I selected various pieces of coordinating vintage fabric pieces, then starting with a sort of base piece of fabric, I layered on different pieces and swatches of fabrics and trims, and once I liked the arrangement, I hand sewed them all together using some very simple embroidery stitches.
Here are some more photos of my journal signatures.
Love, Lisa xoxoxo