Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Book I LOVE: Stitch Alchemy (paper-cloth... YUM!)
First, I need to confess something... Hi, my name is Lisa and I am a bookaholic. There, it's out in the open now. Okay, moving on... the above is a picture of a mini quilt I made with my "Word of Intent" for the new year. It's made with paper-cloth letters stitched on a paper-cloth background which was stitched to painted canvas and sandwiched into a quilt. Keep reading and you'll see how it all relates.
Now, can I rave about a book here? Well, it's my blog so I guess I can! I recently bought the book Stitch Alchemy: Combining Fabric and Paper for Mixed Media Art by Kelli Perkins. Because I thought the cover looked cool. Seriously. I oftentimes judge a book by it's cover. I also see it advertised in Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors magazines. All I knew was that it had something to do with art and maybe quilts. Well, starting with page 3 I was hooked! Kelli starts the book by explaining what paper-cloth is and has step by step instruction on how to make the basic paper-cloth. The next section goes over a myriad of ways to decorate the paper-cloth, different techniques to add color, depth, texture, and all sorts of cool things. This is a big section of the book. Did I tell you that it includes lots of color pictures? The last section of the book features projects to make once you create your own paper-cloth. Including little mini quilts like the Mixed Media Monday one in my last post, and my Word of Intent mini quilt above. And my Round Robin Journal cover which I'll post in a few days. There are a variety of projects to make, not just mini quilts... there's a purse/clutch, pillow, beads, cards, pictures, dolls, journal covers, and more. The gallery section features work by Belinda Spiwak, Judy Coates Perez and Carol Weibe. The book is nicely designed, visually. Full of color pictures and sprinkled throughout with tips and inspirations, quotes, insights on creativity, left brain/right brain exercises, and techniques to up your game. I LOVE this book. I've never taken a class with Kelli but I bet she would be a great teacher! If you're looking for some fresh inspiration and own a sewing machine, I would recommend this book. And no, Kelli is not paying me to write this!
I have so many books about quilting, art, techniques, crafts, jewelry... does anyone want to hear about some of my other favorites? I don't want to sound like a commercial :-D