1. When I thought of stitching as the central focus for my page, I thought about a line from an essay by E.M. Forster called "My Wood." It's a text that meditates on the effect of property on people who own it. I'm making it sound more serious than it is. Here are his basic observations:
- "It makes me feel heavy."
- "It makes me feel it [the property] ought to be larger."
- "Property makes its owner feel that he ought to do something to it."
- "The blackberries" (I'll let you read the essay to see what he meant by the last point! It is so funny.)
2. I imagined a couple photos of my boys at Lego Club (when they are completely surrounded by Stuff) on top of some stitched lines weaving across the page like a robe. I also imagined the title in those waves.
I hand drew the lines, punched holes, then stitched. When I finished, it looked sort of dull, so I hand cut the waves out, thinking to put it on patterned paper.
I tried, and it looked hideous.
So I left it on my lap desk for a few days to think it through!
3. I decided to stick it back on some white cardstock. This time, I misted it first, which I liked a lot. I got out my watercolor crayons and my blender pen, which my dog Lola ate later that week, and made a little bit of golden robe on the left. Then I started playing with punches and other stitches to link them together.
My final step was journaling and adding those wonderful lines by E.M. Forster. Here's the final page:
I really like the end result. Not a typical page for me, but tons of fun to make.
Be sure to go to Thinking Through Design and check out the other awesomely stitched pages!