Sunday, October 23, 2011

Stitch Alchemy, Blog Giveaway and I won!

Several weeks back I entered a blog giveaway from
and then danced the happy dance when I found out I had actually won.
Kelli generously sent me a big stash of her original "paper-cloth" right after 
I was notified of winning this giveaway.  
Along with Kelli's gorgeous stack of paper-cloth originals,
Interweave Press publisher of Kelli's new book, 
Stitch Alchemy 
also contributed to the giveaway
and sent me a copy of her book
Also available as an e-book.
btw, don't you just love the cover? I do. 

Here are pictures of the original paper-cloth pieces Kelli sent me.

The layers are truly rich and plenty.

Paper Cloth3        

Kelli also sent me a small bag full of paper collage ephemera. Yum and yes some of it has already been consumed.
I won a bag of collage goodies
And her awesome business card which I just had to show you.
I just got the book last week and dove right in so I could share it with you.
This paper-cloth that Kelli presents in her book is made with layers of printed papers adhered on top of muslin. Next it is colorized with paints, inks and other colorful applications. Then more imagery is added such as stamping. In my stash I did see there was a lot of embossing powder used, which I love. 

I was so inspired by the colors Kelli sent me and was pulled to create some fall leaves. 
Cliche, I know but, ..... it is that time of year.

This paper-cloth is right up my mixed media alley, using layers of paper, paint and fabric to create collaged imagery. The finished paper-cloth pieces are very fun to build, collage and create with. I even loved cutting it with scissors.  This may sound odd, but some things are just more satisfying to cut with scissors and this is one of them. Of course, paper-cloth also responds well to crafting blades. 
When I started stacking the cut out layers I really enjoyed the piecing together aspect of playing with the cloth-paper.  I certainly did not want to throw away any scraps. So here I have my first leaf, made from scraps and practicing getting use to sewing the paper-cloth.
paper cloth scrap leaf
I appreciated the common sense advice  Kelli gave about stitching these layers together and that it is not for the demure sewing machines. I could feel my machine struggling a bit. But if you use sharp new needles on your machine you should be fine for small projects.
paper cloth leaves
I will also understood when Kelli tells the reader that  smaller pieces are harder to work with.
 Trying to maneuver the smaller pieces through your machine is tricky but as long as you go with the casual freedom of collage, and just appreciate the serendipitous results of creating with paper-cloth, you will certainly enjoy yourself.
paper-cloth leaf trio
Speaking of serendipity, Kelli named the second chapter of her book Serendipity.
she writes, ..."there are no disasters, no accidents, and no failures. Paper-cloth is about layers of creativity."

This last leaf is the largest of the four from above, and this was before I cut it away from the many layers of stitched and cut up paper-cloth.
paper cloth leaf
Then this leaf found a home on a journal page.
Paper-Cloth Leaf Duo
This was such a fun process, now I am ready to create my own paper-cloth.
 I already have tons of ideas. Here I made the scrappy leaf from above, into a card.
Paper-cloth leaf card
Here are more of some of these beauties in my art journals.
Paper-cloth leaves in my journal
The scraps also make great page tabs.
Journal page with Paper-cloth

Kelli's book was very inspiring and entertainingly written. There were many other aspects of Stitch Alchemy to offer inspiration other than the over eighty (yes, that is right eighty) design recipes with photos of each for making this rich layered paper-cloth. Ten project ideas for creating with the finished paper-cloth are in the third chapter. Other features in Kelli's book include Thread Sketching, a game page of matching quotes with famous creatives, Right and Left Brain Exercises for Artists, a Workspace Feng Shui section, a Gallery with contributing artists and much more.  

I want to thank Kelli Nina Perkins and Interweave for offering this blog giveaway. It has been a whole bunch of fun to discover more mixed media projects to share. This book would make a great gift for yourself or any creative person you know.

And now,
 no I didn't forget. This week's free clip-art, blog freebie.

To download, click on the image, then right click 
and save the jpeg to your computer.
Oh, why yes of course, those are my own hand carved stamps
that I used to design this  ;)


  1. Wow, I totally love your leaves! So colorful!!! Just beautiful, congrats!

  2. Hey Congrats on winning... love that. I bet your pictures don't do these pieces justice. I love making "cloth paper", "fabric cloth".. etc.. so fun. I agree with you; it's right up my MM alley also. I have Ms. Perkin's book.. it's fun and colorful.. I'll have to dig it out again and refresh my mind. Thanks for a great post, Autumn. Love what you did with the leaves. Looks like you had fun creating those.

  3. Thanks so much Judy, It is mixed media,! So many cool ideas.


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