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Topic: Crazy Quilted Paper Cloth Bookmarks  (Read 5064 times)
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« on: March 12, 2013 02:23:00 PM »

I recently acquired the excellent book Stich Alchemy by Kelli Perkins and immediately became obsessed with making her crazy quilted paper cloth bookmarks.  So of course I did....



The process for making the paper cloth is much like what PurpleHeather details in her fabulous tutorial

I used a base of cotton muslin well soaked with diluted glue then topped with 2" torn strips of pattern paper-I really like the graphic qualities of the pattern markings (and I also can pick up old patterns for 10 cents at the thrift store!)  On top of that I brushed on more diluted glue and random bits of torn text/letters/maps.  Then the top layer of more torn strips of pattern paper. 

After the sheets dried the real fun starts I laid on base coats of paint then spattered/stamped/stenciled/inked/sprayed glitter ink/wrote on with white paint pen/gilded with joss paper.  Basically I left the pages on my work table for a couple of weeks and just kept adding to them Grin



Then I cut some tiny random shapes, about 1 1/2" - 2".  After loading my machine with LOTS of black thread, I started zig zag stitching the pieces together in a random pattern building from the middle out.  It takes a long time to make a sheet but its very zen and forgiving of my less than stellar sewing skills....





After I felt I had a large enough sheet and being thoroughly sick of sewing tiny pieces together, I measured and cut a rectangle then cut the book mark strips in 1 1/2" increments (they are 5" long)   The strips were zigzagged around the edges to a backing of wool felt with an eyelet punched on top.  Done!  Here's a close up so you can see the texty bits still showing through...



For years I've used the same method without the cloth to make collage paper, with a base of a large sheet of tissue paper/random scrap paper/topped with more tissue paper.  I do think the paper cloth is much more sturdier though.  Both are fun to make Grin

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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2013 02:24:55 PM »

So beautiful and you have some patience to sew all those little pieces. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2013 02:28:04 PM »

Those are great, I love how the paper cloth came together, it's beautiful and my goodness a lot of work!
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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2013 02:28:38 PM »

They look fantastic! That's a great technique.
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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2013 02:29:17 PM »

Wow, you're making me want to try this technique. Those look great!
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« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2013 02:42:42 PM »

I have this book also and it's sooooooo fun to look at and try new things. I have mainly used little bits for dolls and art journal stuff. I fuse to used dryer sheets  so that's why I only have little bits to use!

Will definitely have to try stitching! And I now obsessively save every scrap of tissue paper that comes in packages and from Macy's and cheapo colored tissue paper from the dollar store.

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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2013 02:46:56 PM »

Really I just like making the paper, after all that tiny sewing I think I'm over this particular obsession Cheesy   That book is very inspiring though!

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« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2013 02:52:30 PM »

Very cool!
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« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2013 04:05:59 PM »

Amazing! These look like stained glass! Shocked
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« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2013 04:21:25 PM »

These are awesome. Love 'um!
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