Thursday, April 15, 2021


 Week 27 -  Emily Notman U.K.

"Textured Landscape Vessel Wrap"

Emily said "In this workshop you'll make a beautiful textile wrap to sit around a jar or vase.
Explore how to build up texture with chunky hand stitch and intricate applique. Embellish in neutral colours before applying paint. The painting process will bring your piece to life and you can explore this step with any paints you have on hand. Add decorative embroidery to add further texture and colour before constructing the wrap"

The majority of our fellow group member's wraps were very pretty and Spring like. This is not me as I love the autumn tones and therefore I made something different to wrap around.
I often put eucalyptus foliage in this 6 inch high jar instead of a vase but felt the shape did not warrant a wrap.
From a previous textile workshop with Caoline Nixon, I had a piece of eco dyed wool, which I was very happy with. I added a strip of eco printed fabric to the sides and decided to use it for a wrap.
My alternative idea for the workshop was to make a wrap for a 2nd notebook for journaling the workshop classes.

As was suggested to paint the wrap, I decided after free motion stitching the gum leaves to leave then unpainted. Seed stitched some areas instead of heavy textured stitching of flowers etc. 
I completely diverted away from what was instructed and pleased I did. The wool did not warrant or need to be covered with heavy textural pieces.

Further Development Week 2 was to paint another wrap which I decide not to participate in.
My week was spent making more paper. 
I had a small amount of jeans pulp left over, the grey blue, when not much fibre was left in the water I added green pulp from another papermaker. When this thinned out she passed me some of her red pulp which then became the brown.
I attended a workshop to make paper using 100% cotton jeans and T-shirts. 
After cutting the fabric into tiny pieces it was processed in an industrial blender to seperate the fibres.
The seams of the jeans were not used due to their thickness. I cut around the pocket to make a pouch and as the hems were frayed, stitched a strip onto it.

I purchased the jeans at our local op shop and the look on the sales lady as she glanced at me thinking, these won't fit you, was priceless. I told her I wasn't wearing them, I was cutting them up to make paper. She looked at me and said to the lady next in line..."next customer please".
The pages before binding to make a small book with added paper and stitching. The dark blue of the jeans became lighter when I gradually added the while pulp from a T-shirt. We also made paper with a pocket on it where I slipped a small piece in.


  1. I love your creativeness! What wonderful classes to participate in.

  2. By building on previous work rather than starting fresh you have created something that is unique and reflects your interests and strengths. The op shop lady must hear all sorts of strange stories but I am not surprised she had no answer for yours.

  3. Your journal wrap is beautiful!

    In India we visited a paper factory that used the cut-outs of singlet necks and armholes as their raw material. Their process sounds just like yours - there was a chopping machine that shredded the fabric, then a big blender to turn it into pulp. Cotton paper feels lovely - I presume your jeans and t-shirt paper feels as good as it looks too.

  4. I am loving what you have been making. And it is good to see that little bit of stitching in there too. How do you make paper out of jeans. I’m intrigued...

  5. Your wrap is so beautiful. Such a wonderful blend of nature and art.