Sue B here...
I know I've been absent from the blog for a few months but my recover from shoulder surgery in November has been a lot longer than I anticipated. I will have several more months of physical therapy to regain my range of motion but I am slowly getting back into the creative groove. Because my arm is still quite weak it makes sketching, drawing and painting a little more challenging but I decided to take a stab at creating something for this months theme anyway...
I decided that I would combine collage, sketching and stitching for this theme. I started by grabbing a few pieces of scrap lotka paper and used my sewing machine to stitch out the shape of a house on each one:
Then I used a black marker to doodle in some details:
I set those aside while I created a collage of torn lotka papers on a piece of water color paper to create a landscape for my houses:
Then I trimmed the stitched houses by carefully tearing around the edges of each one and glued them in place on the landscape:
It felt like it needed a little something more so I gave them each a walkway and added a sun:
Sewing on paper is easy and fun and here are some tips that will help make your project a success:
• Use a sharp needle, a dull needle will make a bigger hole than you want and may actually tear the paper instead of piercing it.
• Remember that once you sew into the paper you can’t rip your stitches out without leaving holes! Do some test sewing on a piece of scrap paper first to gauge your stitch length and thread color.
• Set your stitch length a bit longer than you would when sewing on fabric or you’ll end up perforating the paper.
Sue Bleiweiss teaches a variety of classes in quilting and surface design. Visit Sue's website here to see her current workshop offerings and her schedule of classes here.