Still going....on todays to do list as I'm writing right now before I head upstairs to the studio....what do I want to put on that list? I've been thinking about stitched book spines for my art journals so that will be first I think.
1. Stitched spines
2. More pages
3. Stitched decorative endbands or faux endbands
4. Singer sewn bindings (they call it that but any good sewing machine will do)
5. Pamphlet Stitch (looked it up for fun). "The pamphlet stitch is a simple binding often used to bind chapbooks. Chapbooks are. inexpensively made booklets, originally sold by “chapmen” door-to-door and village-to-village." Never heard of Chapbooks have you? Ok now I have to look up Chapbooks.
"In a nutshell, chapbooks are teeny books. Merriam-Webster defines them as a small book containing ballads, poems, tales, or tracts. They are collections of poems, stories, or an experimental mix of both. Chapbooks usually hover in the range of 20–40 pages and are more affordable purchases to their novel counterparts."
Well, I think I like Chapbooks. You learn something new everyday. They sound really cool to me.
Pamphlet stitch could actually go under the heading of bookbinding not stitching but hey it's my challenge and I can bend the rules anyway I want. The same with Singer sewn bindings. It's all stitching to me. Ok I need to go work and I'll be back later with pics to see if I actually do anything on this list.
I'm back and I didn't get to everything on my list today. I did work on more pages and I did some pamphlet stitch. I worked on more collage and hand stitched a seed pod that I found in my nature box. I sealed it with matt medium which worked great. I'm starting to put signatures together for the art journals. I worked on covers some more. The free form stitched figure with trees was working out well but my machine skipped some stitches on the top stitching so that's a redo to go on my list. I did it with my Singer 201 and I was really surprised when she balked at the thick corners. Usually that machine loves to stitch thick. I'm going to try it again with the new Juki TL-18QVP Haruka which is suppose to go thru layers like butter. So I'll put it to the test.
My beloved Bernina 1090s is still going after 22 years of use but the stitch dial is starting to act out. I'm worried because I have never loved a machine and used a machine as much in my life. I'm super attached to her. She is my go to for free form embroidery. Luckily that is still working great but today when I was straight stitching on paper and a few other times as well I would turn the dial for a longer stitch and nothing would happen. Eventually after messing around with it she came around but I'm worried about her circuit board. As long as she keeps working for free form I can use other machines for straight stitching. Fingers crossed she holds on. I can do free form on other machines even my treadles but I prefer her. The Juki does free form well I'm told but I have not tested that machine out for that yet. Guess I will have to do that soon. Looks like I got off on a tangent about machines. Ok here are my pics for the day.
Artist and maker living and working in the beautiful state of Pa.