Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Chunky 5-hole Pamphlet Stitch Book with Kirsten Varga

Today's project is inspired by the December 2021 StencilClub stencil set Mix and Match Botanicals designed by Rae Missigman! I am inspired by the combination of realistic and abstracted organic shapes in her designs. I knew I could use them to create lovely layered compositions. By using gloss medium in one of my early layers I created a resist effect that allowed the stencil designs to show through multiple layers.

Making a chunky book involves a lot of folding, hole-punching, and sewing but don't let that deter you. I find it meditative to give myself over to the repetitive work and let my mind rest. Instead of a long stitch method that involves using one piece of string to sew all the signatures, I decided to individually stitch each signature to the cover using a 5-hole pamphlet stitch. The button thread I used is thin and doesn't stand out too much against the cover. You could use a thicker or more vibrant thread for a totally different look.

Check out the video below for all the details! 

Thanks for stopping by the StencilGirl® blog and I hope you have a creative day!

Kirsten :)

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StencilGirl® Stencils:

Mix and Match Botanicals by Rae Missigman

Other supplies used:

Watercolor paper 
Drawing paper
Dictionary pages
Acrylic paint
Acrylic ink
Gloss gel medium
Matte medium
Palette knife
Makeup sponges
Button thread


  1. Gorgeous cover, clever use of the gel medium resist. Thanks, too, for the 5-hole pamphlet stitch booklet tutorial.


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