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Today I bring you part two of my project using the Quilt Series Stencils. I ended my last post by showing you that I had just started adding my stitches to my piece of canvas. 

I ended up concentrating on one of the stencil designs and really took my time adding more and more stitching details to the original design. I used regular embroidery thread in a variegated color scheme as well as black, white and ecru. I stuck with the basic stitches I am familiar with, running stitch, back-stitch and Xs.

After I had filled our my design to my liking I decided I would turn this into the cover for a fabric book where I plan to paint, collage and stitch on the pages. I plan on making it full of texture and color. 

After cutting my cover to size I also cut some batting (to thicken the cover) as well as fabric for the inside of my book to the same size. The fabric I pulled from my stash includes ticking, canvas, white broadcloth and gray felt. The ticking ended up as the inside layer of my cover with the batting sewn between it and my painted canvas.

It's a little wonky and certainly not perfect but I am so so happy with how it is coming along. The stitching makes me slow down, relax and it's nice to just let something evolve as I add a bit to it each evening.

I'll be back next time with a finished book filled with chunky texture, luscious color and more stencils!

The new Quilt Series stencils have been a source of great inspiration for me. After my last project, where I worked with paint in my art journal, I decided to get my SEW on and grabbed some fabric and embroidery thread. Since I am more of a tortoise than a hare when it comes to hand sewing (okay okay, really ANY sewing) I am only sharing the first half of the project this week. 

Here's what I used:

First step was painting my canvas. I sprayed my canvas with water so when I brushed on the paint it would apply smoothly and blend well. I also made sure I used a wet brush and brushed the paint on the canvas with circular motions. I was going for a wash of color as opposed to thick layers because I wanted to fabric to stay pliable.

When the canvas was dry I placed my two stencils down and did a layer of gesso and then, when dry, a layer of Penny.

Now comes the sewing!! So far I have chosen a variegated embroidery thread and sewed around the edges of the stencil with a back stitch. When I add more stitches I'll be thinking about what I would add if this was a drawing or painting. My needle and thread will act as my pencil or paintbrush. I am enjoying the handiwork and I find myself relaxing as I work. It's nice to unplug, slow down and make progress stitch by stitch.

 

Will it be a book cover? A wall hanging? Check back next time to find out!

Happy creating!