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Purchase this digital product and receive a link to the YouTube video of the CraftyMonkies Online Interactive Workshop featuring leading designer, tutor & craft expert Gary Mills and his excellent Stitches In Paper class, the 2nd in our second three-part 'easy-art' Creative Sketchbook Series, which first aired via Zoom on Wednesday 27th October 2021.


Once you have purchased this product, the PDF document you will receive contains a link to the private-access video on YouTube as well as the Workshop Information Sheet!


Introduction by Gary:-

After the success of the first three chapters in the Creative Sketchbook workshops, I've designed a further three amazing concepts that can help develop creative ability in anyone. You do not even have to consider yourself the next Picasso, as all the activities are about making a response rather than an accurate representation of what you see or want to communicate.

Have you always wanted to feel more confident in creating a sketch book or exploring ideas on paper? We are not all given the natural ability to draw and yet we love to get creative, but that blank sheet of paper or a drawing in a sketch book can seem so daunting.


The exercises (chapters) are on “How to create a sketch book”, or more accurately how I carry out a series of engaging and fun activities which you can then later curate into a “book” / sketch book / journal or portfolio.

This is not your conventional art drawing lesson, far from it; but rather a textiles-based sketch book to inform and work alongside your practice, be that a quilter, a textile artist, or someone who just enjoys all aspects of textiles and sewing. These workshops are designed for you to make a response to a moment in time, to have fun through experimentation and playing with “stuff”. Be that colour, texture, form, and line; but also details and little scenes captured in time.


This Stitches in Paper workshop concentrates on methods and ways to join papers together decoratively with simple hand and machine stitch, which look so effective in a sketch book or journal.  As the workshop progresses you will develop ways and approaches to explore the creative collaging affects which can be achieved by layering and joining different papers together simply with stitches. Gary will take you through a series of fun and accessible exercises that inform and open-up the mind with bite size knowledge to later build upon if you wish. This chapter in the creative sketch book workshops ends with a mini conclusion, a beautiful decorative collaged and stitched greeting or note card to keep or give to someone special.


Note: You do not have to do any of the previous chapters in the Creative Sketchbook series as all chapters/workshops run independently so you could do just this one. But if you enjoyed this one, take a look at the rest of them on offer. See also my 'Footnote by Gary Mills' at the end!​

What You Will Learn in this Stitches In Paper Online Interactive Workshop:-

STITCHES IN PAPER starts with some simple methods on layering and joining torn and cut papers with hand stitches; and how you can stop the papers from tearing as you stitch them. As you progress through simple exercises to build your confidence, you will then use a sewing machine to further create more ideas and processes, through manipulating the papers and methods of applying your layers. Finally with all your experiments and examples you will be ready to create a decorative greetings card using both hand and machine stiches in the creative process.


Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Gary has many years’ experience as a professional practitioner and teacher of art and textiles; his workshops are so enjoyable, fun, and very well organised with his clear and patient guidance. This workshop is suitable for all; if you are a beginner this is a great way to learn and explore the rudiments of art-based design processes and for those with some confidence and experienced you could further diversify your approaches to sketch booking through your artistic ability.


Material requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

All the materials are easily accessible. Such as found and recycled papers that can be sourced from local shops or online and most other materials can be found around your sewing box or in your desk draw.

For your Art box start with the basics and build upon as you go… even things found around the home can be used.


You will need for this workshop:-



Have-to-hand a good selection of saved recycled papers along with new sheets of cartridge, photocopy papers and sketch book pages. In Gary’s examples he has used cartridge paper, torn old garment pattern tissue paper and instructions and old books, wrapping parcel paper, in colours from cream to beige and brown. Try to keep you colours consistent to create a cohesive pallet of papers in this exercise. In general, you will need around 6x sheets of A5 (51/2” x 8”) reasonable quality 150 -180 gsm cartridge paper. You can pre-colour your papers before the session if you wish with water-based paint washes but do make sure they are dry before you start the workshop.


A blank greetings card to decorate

This can be a simple folded piece of white or cream card 10” x 7” (inches)

  • Masking tape & clear scotch tape (cello tape)

  • Craft knife

  • Bradawl for making holes or a compass point will work.

  • Large needle or Chenille needle

  • Suitable thread for hand and decorative stitches: dark button thread, linen thread, or Perle thread or DCM embroidery thread. (Something thicker than just ordinary sewing thread)

  • Paper and embroidery scissors

  • Ruler or quilting / crafting square

  • Pencil and rubber

  • Something to cut on such as a cutting mat or old magazine

  • Dark and white / cream machine thread

  • Optional: For the greetings card, Gary has used old vintage haberdashery such as a decorative button.

  • Optional: Alphabet block printing set with black ink pad.

  • Optional: You can add thin strips of natural fabrics and trimmings also if you wish.

  • Optional: You may have to hand the sketch book you wish to later curate and add your examples to. Size: A5-A4


Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

As we will be machine stitching together paper, you will need a straight stitch sewing machine with a large size needle size 14-16 or a denim needle if its reasonably strong to stitch through a couple of layers of paper.

If you do not have a sewing machine you can use hand stitch to achieve the finish… it will just take a little longer to complete.


This class is available to view as many times as you like for 60 days FROM THE DATE OF YOUR PURCHASE


NOTE: Any short video featured in this promotional info is a Trailer and not the fully-edited version you'll gain access to via YouTube!


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