I’ve been playing around with making paper and now have a good sized stack of sheets. There’s something very satisfying in taking all the junk mail, school flyers, paid bills and telephone books and turning them into something else. Plus, shredding paper is very soothing.
I really enjoyed the embroidered gift cards and holiday cards I made last year, so I’ve been playing around with other embroidery work. Other than cross stitch, I’ve never gotten into embroidery on fabric. I always viewed embroidery as too difficult for me to learn. But switch the medium to paper and all of the sudden I’m spending hours on the internet researching different stitches to try. Go figure.
Below is a gallery of the embroidered paper art I’ve done so far. I’ve been playing around with various stitches, some beading and stickers. I like the depth and texture of the images. And I’ve even gotten to the point where I’m okay with the back of my work looking like a shattered bird’s nest. When I’m not trying to make the back look as good as the front, it takes off a lot of the pressure and I can enjoy the process.
The hardest part is poking the holes. I have to be careful not to tear the paper, not to poke myself, and not losing my needles.
I’ve got some other ideas for designs. I want to play around with flowers and leaves in the paper. I’ve got several specimens from the yard being pressed right now. I’ll post more pictures as I make them.