Hello and welcome!
I’m Kim Burton, a textile artist from Portsmouth, UK and the Stitchbook Studio website is a place for me to showcase and share all of the elements of Stitchbooking – a new textile craft that I have developed, as well as my textile artwork.
Stitchbooking fuses elements of scrapbooking and textile arts to create beautiful handmade fabric memory books and projects. It is based on the use of photo transfer paper which lets anyone transfer photographs to fabric easily with high quality results – letting you sew them into many interesting projects.
There are many new and existing techniques that can be used in Stitchbook and textile art projects and since the beginning of 2016 I have been experimenting and refining them to be able to present a full and exciting new craft.
On the website and blog I’ll be sharing tutorials, posting inspirational images and letting you know how you can get involved and give Stitchbooking a go. In addition I’ll be posting details of my own projects and textiles tips and tricks that I have learnt over the years.
I love making Stitchbooks and I’m passionate about sharing this new craft with others. Not satisfied with simply teaching local sewers, I want to open Stitchbooking up to craft enthusiasts all over the world!
I’m particularly passionate about getting those with little previous craft skills involved and having worked in schools as a textiles teacher, I have experience working with absolute beginner sewers. I strongly believe that anyone can have a go at this craft, whatever their skill level!
Kim Edith is the brand I work under as a textiles artist/ designer-maker and is my registered company name.
My background is in art and I studied Illustration at Kingston University before becoming a secondary school textiles teacher. I combine the two disciplines to create fabric artwork with an illustrative quality. For example I often use song lyrics and quotations as starting points, and text features in most of my artwork.
Whilst studying illustration I specialised in creating whimsical collages from sketches and paper ephemera and I bring the same techniques to textiles, layering fabrics, stitch and embellishments to create mixed-media mini-quilts and fabric books.
I’m fascinated by the possibilities of fabric transfer paper, not just for Stitchbooking, but for my artwork too, and I use it to merge paper and fabric, adding hand drawn details, found images and photographs of original works.
You can find out more and see examples of my work here.