Leaf Stitching

Leaf Stitching is part of an ongoing exploration of stitching with found items. Leaves are collected whilst walking and either pressed and dried for future use, or they are used whilst still fresh. Through experimenting with leaf material Alice is exploring the potential of what she finds in the landscape. Many of theses small pieces will not have a long life span; they can change noticeably over a period of days, or even hours. A photographic record of these works in a publication is available here.

Alice Fox Leaf Stitching red oak square


13 thoughts on “Leaf Stitching

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  2. Most of these are done with a cotton/silk thread I like to stitch with and which I dye myself. Occasionally I use commercially coloured threads if I want a bright contrast.

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  6. Leaves will turn brittle and fragile as they dry out. I try to dry things flat so that they don’t curl and then after that it really depends how you look after your pieces. The more sunlight they are exposed to the quicker they will fade. Some people use glycerine or other substances to preserve leaves but I prefer to keep them naturally and watch the gradual changes that occur.

  7. Hi Victoria, I don’t do anything to my leaves other than dry them carefully under a weight so that they dry flat.
    Your daughter could try painting them with pva or some other medium, but it will change the nature of the surface. For me, working with unusual materials that have particular properties, it is all about recognising those properties and the changes that will occur – I don’t feel I want to try to stop them. I hope that helps and that your daughter has fun with her leaves.

  8. Hi Marly, glad to hear that you are enjoying working with leaves – I’m sure you’re not mad! Have you seen the work of Hillary Fayle? She is another leaf stitcher… there are quite a few of us out there.

  9. Hi Anya, I don’t use any glue or any support behind the leaves. It comes with practice – and it does’t always work. That’s how you learn to do it better next time. I also choose my leaves carefully. By trying different ones and at different stages of freshness I find which ones are set to work with.

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