So I bought the Winter 2010 issue of Interweave Knits specifically for a tutorial about using zippers with knitting, making them basically another knitted element to flow into your piece. The video demonstration is on YouTube here but the article does have a few more details about the technique that make it clearer.
In this issue, there was an article about Aimee Lee, a multi-talented artist who, among her many projects, “knits books that tell intimate stories of loss, intimacy, and vulnerability” (Interweave, 2010). She knits the pages and then sews paper with poems or thoughts to the pages. They are really very lovely. My journal this week borrows the sewing and paper concept in a very simple form.
The red frame was part of a bunch of blank card I have just hanging around waiting for their turn in a project. On the backside of the card frame I drew straight lines using a ruler, measured out the holes so they were evenly spaced and then poked them threw with a yarn needle. The flower is from a magazine – actually it’s from Real Simple’s ‘Get it Together in 2011’ issue which is really what I am trying to do this year. Once I had the flower and frame placed, I pushed the needle through again to mark similar holes in the paper so I wouldn’t have stabs everywhere.
I really like the flower – it’s so big and detailed, I didn’t want to hide the whole thing behind the frame. I cut around some of the petal shapes and gently folded it and overlapped the frame. I like how it turned out. I considered putting a quote or something else on the page but after letting it sit for a while, I decided I like the simplicity of it.
While I was working on it I thought – isn’t that really what framed photos are like? You frame them because the memory was great or the image is beautiful and they are confined to that little rectangle area but they are bigger than that.