Yesterday I made silk paper and immediately my thoughts turned to what to do with it – well not immediately, I had some food first.
I was flipping through my sketchbook when inspiration struck.
My favourite new craft skill since I started on this project is probably freestyle machine embroidery so I took my sketch of dried poppy heads, drew it on to the thicker piece of silk paper with soft pencil and got ready to start stitching.
However I had a minor scare when I unpacked and plugged in Nina the Bernina (it’s been a while) as she started buzzing in a very alarming fashion. Luckily a quick google search revealed the issue – the bobbin winder was pushed over. Phew! I was in the mood for stitching and a faulty machine would’ve dampened it a little.
I’d forgotten how much I enjoy freehand stitching. It reminds me of sketching and I love the resulting look – a bit like a pen drawing.
I might add another poppy to it – what do you think?
Yesterday I shaped the thinner sheet of paper over a glass and I had in mind that some stitching might work on it too.
And it did! I think it would make a lovely tealight holder. But I won’t be lighting the one is this photo. I’ve ordered some LED candles instead. Safety first crafters.
So have you got some more ideas on how to use handmade paper? Here are some from me:
- make greetings cards, stationery and note paper
- and gift tags or even wrapping paper
- use it to mount photos in frames and scrapbooks
- make it into bookmarks
- use in your art journalling
- make paper flowers.
I love handmade paper, don’t you?
PS Day 3 of Blogathon 2011. If you’re taking part too how are you finding it so far?