So here are the final few experiments where I've stitched into paper using the research on lettering to inspire me.
First of all a loose grid with paper pulp filling some of the holes, others open and ready to have the lovely space dyed flat paper yarn looped through them. I added a looping machine stitched border with space-dyed machine thread. Trialling ideas is now something I frequently do. In this piece I made some sample border strips and tried them against the original, not going ahead until I was sure.Secondly, a rather wiggly grid embedded in paper pulp and with a border. This detail shows repetitive hand stitching in a blue/brown floss with lots of spring. These markings are in response to the calligraphy image 4:1:29. I didn't pursue this idea, although I do like the lines of markings which are lovely and rhythmic.
The final piece shows free machining along embedded threads responding again to the calligraphy examples from my research. You can see where the paper is thin and the pull of the machine stitching reveals the muslin underneath.
Handmade paper is a very lovely surface on which to stitch. The stitching does need careful planning because the surface can be fragile, though, as I've discovered it is possible to correct the position of a individual stitch and the hole heals over. Surprisingly it is strong enough, if attached to a piece of muslin with repositionable adhesive, to stitch quite densely both with hand and machine stitch.
The other thing I'd like to comment on at the end of this chapter is how good it is to have to hand other module materials, but even more my own sketchbooks. They are a great source of how to achieve things as well as inspiration. Module 2's work is especially like this and because most of the work was flat instructions and samples are stored together and I was especially diligent about taking notes. I wish I'd been able to work out a better solution for Module 3 where the work was largely 3D; this module will have similar issues.