Bumblebees and Boats- stitching on books
What CAN’T you do with a needle and thread?*
It can be therapy- like these prisoners who learnt to stitch their stories.
It can raise political consciousness and beautifully challenge social norms.
It has helped people find the meaning of life – like this jolly chap who went on a journey to find out about where his clothes came from and ended up trying to sew them all himself.
And then, at its most simple, it can just make ordinary things look pretty. . .
From that crafty wizz Martha Stewart
I love how needle and thread have replaced pencil.
From Paper Stitch (loads of beautiful art on there)
And I wanted to give it a go.
We have a few funny old books, this one above is from a 1950′s one called “Getting the most of of life” – really, it is just such a load of nonsense. But has a lot of words that evoke images.
If you look carefully you will notice there is poo in this vessel.
These two pages are from “A Treasury of Thought” a delightful book with excerpts from Shakespeare, indexed by subject. The one above is from the Ships entry and the one below from Bees. I know for some it is pretty much an Awful Thing to be treating books in this way, but I kind of feel you are giving them an extra kudos- letting pages see the light of day that might not otherwise.
They do only take a couple of minutes to do, but I know if I had a tiny dot more patience and took them a bit slower they could look LOADS better. Darn my laziness.
I did wing this one by Ramona to see if she could tell what they were though. “BUMBLE BEE” she yelled. *fist pump*
(Yeah, okay. Bumblebee is Ramona’s current fave word and is what she defaults to most of the time but still, a leetle bit recognisable, no?)
Joining in with this months Pinaddicts Challenge over at the luscious Love Bump – check out the other things I hope to make one day soon on my Pinterest Board.
PS- So remember that beautiful vintage magazine, Pretty Nostalgic, came to our house to take some pics? Well, the issue is out and you can catch a glance here. The whole thing is STUNNING!
Just a little confession though, our house is not normally that tidy. Not even close. My mum even came round the night before to help us clean up the piles of washing, the raisins scattered all over the floor, the crumbs and pop corn and garlic skins on the kitchen side, the toys in every corner. Just so you know. Also, just so you know, we don’t normally look quite that wild eyed and deranged, promise.
PPS- I just started a Facebook page, are you on there? I would actually really love it if you wanted to come and say hi, or even just like it, if you are a shy one.
Eat with it, unless it is really fine spaghetti.
Use it to catch a ball, or put an energetic baby to sleep, or win an Olympic medal with it, or fly with it. Etc, etc.