I just finished Ruth Lane’s online class. Since I am also papermaker, I was excited to combine the two passions and see the results.
It was a fun experiment using a variety of papers, dyes, paints and fabrics. Some worked, some didn’t, but that’s how we learn.
This first one is a paper napkin from one of my Grandson’s birthday party earlier this year on organza. Since I was experimenting, I used some batts with unknown fibers in two colors, blue and green.
I decided not to further embellish it since the “characters” were nicely defined. I suppose I could add some greenery and clouds. But I wanted to show the results this far.
The next one is also “finished.” I used a tree stencil on organza with unryu paper which is very fibery. Again it is on a batt of unknown fiber.
I embellished around the stencil with silver silk hankies. It felted very nicely.
Since these were experiments, I wasn’t concerned about perfect edges and left them organic.
Here’s a closeup of the center. You can see how those fiber areas look like branches and connect the trees.
I got great texture as you can see from this side view.
The one project I completed was a stenciled bird pic.
I used a couple of paper and fabric types with this stencil, but chose this one to finish even though the colors faded. It was a dyed paper towel on cotton voile. You can’t see it in the pics, but the bumps from the towel can be seen in spots. I used it on a merino batt.
I forgot to cover the edges of the voile, so I used machine stitching to cover the edges.
I decided to hand stitch the rest. There is a lot of dimension in the paper, although it’s not too obvious in these pics.
I wanted to keep it simple. I used double rayon thread with threaded backstitches and some satin stitches to embellish it. The green is a variegated thread. I purposely just outlined because I wanted the birds to be the center of attention. Forgive my poor stitching. Here are some closeups.
Now I have to decide whether to frame it or leave it organic.
Thanks Ruth! It was a unique class. I need more practice. I’m still working on the final projects.