paper + embroidery

Being busy doesn't necessarily mean my mind doesn't wander off every now and then. In fact, mental breaks, are one of the things that keep me going. I've had the idea of attempting to embroider on paper for quite some time. Yesterday, while the kids where having fun at a neighbor's house, I enjoyed working on this small piece.



The paper embroidery examples I've seen so far are either geometric or illustrative. I wanted to try something a bit more organic and abstract. I hope to be able to finish this so it's suitable for framing (I already have the spot for it) but I've also decided that I'm going to take my sweet time with it.

Friday Tidbits (haven't done these in a while!!)
These are two links that I posted on twitter but I think they're worthy of mentioning here:
- Beautiful paper trees by Yuken Teruya (via a kind email message)
- Wonderful paper work by Benja Harney - site and flickr (via InsideOut - another great place to visit)

Have a great weekend everyone!

26 comments:

  1. Very beautiful and unique! Love the idea.

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  2. i just love coming to visit your blog - you always have such fresh and creative ideas! and i love this project - it's completely amazing!

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  3. I just tried paper embroidery myself about two weeks because I had my niece for two weeks and they were going to do it at the library but she ended up having the leave before they did it so I researched it and did it with her. Sorry for the run on, but I loved it! This, however, is like nothing I've seen with it before. I can't wait until you're done. Are you going to post more pictures?

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  4. very nice- can't wait till its finished

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  5. Thanks everyone!

    Jessica - Yes, I will definitely post the final piece. I don't know what it's going to end up like because I'm making decisions as I go along. We'll see!

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  6. very beautiful. I love sewing and anything with thread on paper. Which reminds me of a project that I need to pick up again!

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  7. That's really beautiful! Such a lovely contrast between the clean edges of the paper and the softened embroidered ones.

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  8. I LOVE this Patricia- LOVE. The colors, shapes, idea. I can't wait to see it complete.

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  9. absolutely beautiful! this is amazing!

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  10. I think it would be great with just a few of the spaces embroidered. Reminds me of sea urchins!

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  11. I think that is coming along beautifully! I can't wait to see the final project. It's surely going to make a lovely art piece!

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  12. it's so beautiful! I'm anxious to see the end result.

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  13. I love sewing on paper, but I usually use my machine. You always open my eyes a little wider! I love the organic feel of these shapes and the thickness of the paper. Can't wait to see it evolve.

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  14. This is wonderful--so enticing to me. Can't wait to see where it ends up.

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  15. OMG I love your Blog....

    Right after my own heart

    xxx

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  16. Patricia, this is so lovely! I love it!

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  17. I love this combination of paper and thread. Looking forward to seeing more!

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  18. I love your blog. It's awesome. I've just spent the past hour diving into the archives!

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  19. hi patricia....

    i have been doing this kind of embroidery for quite some time.. but have very pcs of my work.i worked them out with some of my small paper 3ds and they came out wonderful. its tedious... but the end result is just fulfilling.. if you want i could share some of the photos.i don't know what you would think about them.. i think they are very crude.

    as for your pc i wish you the best.. as it already is looking wonderful

    sanjukta
    india

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  20. this is so beautiful and I love the colors you chose!!

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  21. This is awesome.
    It really makes me wanna try it myself! You're doing great with these a bit more organic an abtract shapes...
    I really like very much.
    Your whole blog is very beautiful, such as your works are.
    Congratulations!
    :)

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