I love Paper

almost as much as I love fabric.

Here is the beautiful card that Tania sent me, with my winning ticket to the Stitches and Craft show.  It was so lovely to receive real mail, with handwriting and a textured envelope and all.  Inside was one of Tania’s Goccoed cards – you can certainly tell that she is a graphic designer – such a spare design, so well balanced and beautiful.  I am off to the show for the day on Friday – say Hi if you see me!

In the background there is a paper handbag that I learnt to make last Friday night.  A group of us usually get together for a video and a chat (and sometimes both at the same time) once a month, but this month we got crafty.  The lovely Barbara taught 4 giggling, bubbly-sipping students how to create these little wonders.

As predicted by Barbara, I came home and spent the next day teaching the kids with some kindergarten squares we had lying around (the kinder squares are really too light, but easier for little hands to fold).  We still have to make 2 handles, but the kids were pretty pleased with themselves. BTW – the pink, spotty was from Barbara for Easter, filled with lovely chocs, and the Green one with the Star button was her sample she made – I am not that good yet.

I have since bought three pieces of double sided scrap-booking paper, to make a stronger one with each of the kids, but I am drawing a line in the sand – I am not going to take up any form of scrap-booking, or start buying loads of paper!

This is really the only type of paper I need.  These are sketches and Illustrator drawings inspired by the cushion in the previous post.  I am pleased with my design to a point – but that is the problem – the points.  I would like to make this motif up as a needle turn applique, and some of the points are too sharp.  The design I have come up with would work as a raw-edge fusible applique, but I am going to have to keep reworking it, if I want to needle turn it.  Watch this space.

What do you like to do with paper?

5 thoughts on “I love Paper

  1. This is a great post, mainly because I would have to say I love fabric almost as much as I love paper! When I was little my Dad called me a paper eater, since I would write my name or draw on any paper I could get my hands on. (sometimes they were books, or invoices for customers or other wonderful paper things children shouldn’t be making ‘pretty’.) Silly, I know. Now I have a similar problem with fabric… I have to make a quilt out of any fabric I get my hands on. Oh how times change.

  2. I love that card! One of my favorite books ever is “The very Hungry Caterpillar” 🙂
    By the way, I am really enjoying your drawings and oh yes, in answer to your question…I like to hand stitch on paper!

  3. Hello,
    I’ m sorry, but my english is not so good.
    I have a question for you. Please, can you say me the name of this wonderful paperhandbag or can you say where I find the pattern?
    Love greetrings from Germany

    • I’m sorry Anette, I don’t have the pattern.
      My friend taught me, but it is three years ago, and I can’t find the written instructions.

      You could try searching on Pinterest for a tutorial.
      Good Luck!

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