In this chapter we have to create an embroidered panel which will be incorporated into a special book structure related to media.
I want to create a book structure which reflects my experience during a trip to New York in the fall of 2014.
I plan to make my book structure using hand made paper supported by linen scrim which has been embedded during the paper making process.
There are several techniques from this module which I’d like to include:
- The forest floor samples at the end of chapter 8 where I experimented with with incorporating letter and leaf shapes and motifs.
- The lettering and media patterns in chapter 4 especially those further developed in sample 7 chapter 8 using stitchery into paper [cable stitch].
Playing with ideas:
I made up a small paper model to help clarify my ideas in a visual way [ this isn’t the bigger mock up which will come later in the chapter].
The front page:
Concertina effect developing:
My next task was to make more sheets of handmade paper with scrim embedded between two layers [for strength] as on these I plan to add text worked in machined cable stitch. These will reflect and be placed behind the leaf and letter motifs.
Ideas for the lettering patterns text which will reflect the letter and leaves motif in chapter 8.
Paper samples using PVA, inks and oil sticks [sample 17 Chapter 2]
An example of a cable stitched sample which would be worked as per the text with a vermicelli effect as a background [with the exception of sample 4:
Putting together my book structure:
I wanted my embroidered motifs to be arranged in a particular sequence as mentioned earlier
I started by printing off my letter and leaf motifs and lettering samples. I placed these back to back to make a strong structure with interest on both sides.
To produce the concertina book type I decided to work blanket stitch at the joining edges and then added an insertion stitch to give a lovely decorative page turning method. I used threads of complimentary colours within my colour scheme
The motifs and letter patterns are arranged in such a way to reflect each others’ meaning.
Lay out of motifs:
Concertina of motifs:
Concertina of lettering:
Manhattan embroidered motif and lettering pattern folded to compliment each other, I love the grid effects
Motif N and New York in the fall lettering:
Leaf motif and American oak and maple lettering:
This will be the first [cover] page:
I need to think of a clasp and brought back these gorgeous acorn shells. I need to think of how to use them, perhaps with some hand made paper maple leaves.
Maybe like this with a beautiful wrapped cord.