Stitched collage: Folk Art Album

Folk Art Album. 27″ x 24″

I was so happy to finish this project before 2014 ended. I got the idea and started this back in August. I’ve worked on other things in the meantime, but this project has been a touchstone for me, the driving force behind most of the art I’m working on right now.


I figured out this stitched collage technique several years ago and made a bunch of these little dresses. I love making stitched collages – they bring together my favorite paper mixed media techniques with the quilting and embroidery that I love. But I had trouble moving the technique beyond dresses.

And then last summer I saw this quilt on my Instagram feed and everything clicked. I’ve always loved folk art quilts but if I was going to make the time commitment to make one, I wanted to put my own twist on it. Finally figuring out that I could make a folk art quilt with stitched collage unlocked a door in my mind and I’ve been bubbling over with collage ideas ever since.


I just love the way the folk art elements fit together with the vintage look of the collage and paint and surface design.

It’s also been really great to have a big ongoing project again. That’s one of the things I’ve really missed from my quilting days. Best of all, I already know what my next big project will be and I’m starting it this weekend!

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9 Responses to Stitched collage: Folk Art Album

  1. Laurie says:

    All those neat stitches and patched pieces send a message to the viewer that all is well with the world. 🙂

  2. Kate Robertson says:

    This is lovely, stitched collage is new to me. I like what you have done. Thanks for linking on my post.

  3. Stephanie Christenson says:

    I LOVE your quilt!! I mean really LOVE it! Your work is besutiful. I found I immediately wanted to figure out how you did this. Do you have any online training for how you did it or even an explanation? I hope you make more!!

    • Nikki says:

      Thank you so much Stephanie! I don’t currently have anything online about my technique, but I plan to blog about it in the coming months. And I am already making more!

  4. gemma says:

    Love stitching on paper. Both with the machine and by hand. Very Nice!

  5. Clare says:

    Lovely idea to mix quilting style with paper! The stitching looks so neat and I love the papers you’ve used.


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