on paper

I’ve become slightly obsessed with the 1930s; specifically, the Dust Bowl. About a year ago, I read The Worst Hard Time (which is excellent, I’m re-reading it and highly recommend it). I have a whole list of ideas that I want to try and stitch. These are just some of the first (and they are a bit on the unfinished side).


The Vaseline jar I worked on last night, and I’m not sure why I thought I could do letters well on paper. Still, I’m pretty happy with it since it’s the first time I’ve tried text on paper.

vaseline jar

As I said, I’ve got a list of ideas. I know that I mentioned before there might be some new pieces in the shop, but I haven’t really made anything that I like enough to list. In time, I suppose.

I’ve been busy with my swap piece ( it turned into two pieces) for Nicole — which I can’t show you just yet. I will say that they are inspired by The Smiths, and have been a lot of fun to work on.

The stem stitch still drives me up a wall but I’ve decided to make peace with the fact that I cheat it (because I like the way it looks).

I was hoping to finish up tonight so I can take photos and go to the post office in the morning; however, the iron and ironing board don’t get used much around here (I’m the worst) and they are tucked away in the baby’s room in his closet. So it’ll just have to wait.

I am also hoping to have some new paper pieces finished up soon. Something along these lines — neater and minus the pencil marks. I’ve also come to terms with the fact that I’ll end up doing most geometric paper pieces at least twice.

I’ve been playing around with some blank vintage paper and my husband’s typewriter collection.

I’ve had varying levels of success. Chain stitching worked pretty well, herringbone and feather stitches very well. Out of all of these, I’m hoping for one or two good results. My problem always is that I don’t plan things out enough. I have to say, this paper from the 20s is divine. I wish there was more than just five pages!

I am really pleased at how this one turned out. Especially pleased I managed the lazy daisy leaves without any tearing.

Though I think that I am done with white for a while.

white forest

More data coming next, I think. And maybe some experiments with freezer paper and typewriters…

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