Introduction- For centuries embroiderers have been working at their craft producing decorative but useful things. I have always wanted to produce items I have made from scratch and that are useful but also involve modern techniques. This is a book for beginners in the art of papermaking as well as a beginner's guide on how to utilize the paper that is all around us.
Tags for Bags- Personalizing bags can be really good fun. Tags, badges, brooches, trinkets, and charms can all make a contribution to the character of the bag.
Paper from Fibers- This method can be used with a selection of fibers to make a variety of papers. Try silk, linen, flax, merino tops, and rayon floss. Although the resulting fabric is referred to as paper, it really is a strong fabric that doesn't tear.
Textured Papers- The exciting thing about working with pulp papers is that you never really know how each batch will work out! The overriding rule is that you only get out what you put in! The secret, therefore, is to put a good mixture of textures in so that something unique comes out.
Color and Pattern- This section covers various step-by-step projects for working with various materials to achieve desired effects, including layered fabrics, trapping leaves and petals with fusible webbing, using acrylic paint, crackle, varnish, gold interference and alcohol paints, machine lace, working with bookbinder's tissue, creating pattern from stamps, and more.
Evenweave Fabric and Applique- Embroidery stitches that require an evenweave fabric in order to count the spaces can be worked successfully on papers. Cross-stitch, blackwork stitches, and canvaswork can all be worked on evenweave fabric from the back.
Paper made from Liquid Clay- The translucent paper made from polymer liquid clay can be stitched into and colored and it is both challenging and rewarding to work with.
Transferring Images- When you are transferring images remember not to infringe copyrights. There are a lot of materials available for these techniques and most of them give a plasticized appearance and texture, which is very useful for shopping bags.