Pastel Book

pastel-bookThis book is all fabric and all hand stitched. I have used mainly pastel colours, hence the name. Dyed, painted and stamped fabrics with dyed laces. I’ve made straps from the lace and they fasten with buttons. Button trim bottom and top as well. Experimental book binding, i.e. make it up as I go along.

pastel-book-029 pastel-book-030 pastel-book-031 The back of the book
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Left – embroidery stitches on top of a painted flower, painted lace, hand painted fabric.
Right – woven detached chain stitch, back stitch, beads, hand painted fabric.

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Left – diamond stitch, dyed laces, beads, sequins, hand painted fabric
Right – embroidery, beads, hand painted fabric

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pastel-book-008Right – fly stitch, beads on transfer printed fabric

Left – Dyed lace, tyvek, embroidery and beads on a transfer printed background. Bits of lace were cut out and stitched to the background



Left – Slipped detached chain stitch, French knots, whipped running stitch, and running stitch. The pink fabric is a vintage scrap and I used a painting technique on the white fabric.
Right – coral stitch, this I have stitched in green thread  [the stems], buttonhole bar [pink thread], French knots, woven spiders wheel, fly stitch and beads.
The background is a hand painted and stamped fabric.

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Fancy hem stitch, variations of running stitch and French knots.
The flowery fabric is vintage fabric, the other fabric was created with transfer paints.


Right – Cloud filling stitch used as couching to hold fabric and lace in place.
Left – Raised Cross Stitch Flower, painted lace, sequins, painted fabric.

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Right – crested chain stitch, vintage gingham and dyed laces, vintage suspender, scrap of yellow vintage fabric, lace, French knots, running stitch.
Left – Portuguese stem stitch, running stitch and French knots, gingham, dyed net curtain


Right – hand painted fabric, dyed laces, running stitches, French knots, art buttons.
Left – wrapped coral stitch, French knots, vintage fabrics, lace

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Right – painted tyvek with up and down feathered buttonhole stitch on the green spiral, fly stitch on the blue and feather stitch on the purple spiral, beads, sequins, hand painted fabric
Left – Dyed laces, embroidery, hand painted fabric, beads, sequins

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Left – up and down feathered buttonhole stitch, lazy daisy stitches, beads, painted laces
Right – inside back cover


17 thoughts on “Pastel Book

  1. I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s so rare and beautiful… full of magic, it seems. You must have faeries as friends. Really, the beading and lace create textures of movement that make each page come alive in iridescent and shadowy ways. It’s just wonderful.


  2. Amazing! totally different and original idea. lucky to know, artist like you though embroidery network

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