My eldest Granddaughter, Miss E has just had a birthday, and I was thrilled to be able to give her this book – I have been making it for ages.
The fabric I have used for the cover is from 1946. My mother-in-law used that fabric to make a cot mattress cover for her baby son (my husband). When my first son was born she gave me the fabric. It felt so precious I never found the courage to cut into it to make anything with it … until now.
Where the desire to make books comes from, I don’t know, I have been on several courses and started quite a few books, but this is the only one I have finished to date.
This book was started during a wonderful few days one-to-one with Frances Pickering in Spring 2016;
then a day’s one-to-one workshop with Kim Edith. in Southampton in 2018. I can highly recommend both workshops. I learnt many things I have yet to put into practice;
and now I am making a Stitchbook with Helen Birmingham, also highly recommended.
I am not quite sure what it’s all about, but if I discover why, I’ll let you know.
Miss E has been watching this book take shape and she beamed with delight when I gave it to her – I asked her if it was ok for me to share the video and she gave her permission.
I hope you enjoy it .
Is anyone else losing track of the days, weeks, months?!
Here just one week late is Textile Tuesday
In The Stitchbook Collective we have been having fun with Tyvek.
Each month we get a pack of goodies to experiment with
It is always a wonderfully exciting moment to open the parcel to see what is inside
Colours I would not usually choose to work with, all carefully chosen and lovingly put together. The kits are still available if you go to the Untangled Threads website, and a pound from the sale of each kit goes to the mental health charity, Mind. So far Helen has raised and donated £2,489.50.
Tyvek is a synthetic fabric that reacts to heat
Creating great bobbly textures
This one was painted with a tester pot of Dulux emulsion before hitting it with the heat gun
Here is the piece of fabric collage I will put on a page in my stitchbook
Now onto the next parcel to open, which is all about felt.
Have you been working with textiles or found any interesting textiles or textile art recently? If so it would be fun to see what has caught your eye in the world of textiles. Just leave a link in the Comments.
Photo Challenge Prompt: MUSIC
Ronovan’s Haiku Prompts: BELLS and RING
I know many of you will be getting festive, but I am retreating into my own little world of creative solitude – bliss!!!!!
Haikus don’t seem to be flowing at the moment, maybe I’ll add one later if inspiration strikes.
The photo above is of a textile book I am putting together as a Baby Book, i thought Rock-a-Bye Baby would be good as the centre page.
I’m making pocket to tuck little records in
and photo frames and a pen holder inside the front cover
Sending you all a pocket of peace.
As mentioned in my 16 for 2016, my goal is to make 9 pieces of textile art. One for each of my grandchildren and one for me.
I went on a wonderful course with Frances Pickering on making textile books and made a start on a book for Miss E.
The next one will be for Big Sister (5). I started by experimenting with dyeing some threads
I wrapped Anchor Stranded Thread around some paper and ran it under the tap to wet it. Then I had fun dabbing on different coloured dyes.
It seemed to work pretty well so I wound a lot more on the next piece of paper.
Next was white DMC embroidery cotton
and then they all went on the fire guard to dry.
Don’t you just love how the colours all merge and blend
A few hours playing with fabric and colour makes for one happy me!
And look at the great marks made on the paper
all good collage material.
Big Sister is about to be a bridesmaid so this piece of fabric is perfect for her book. The thread made a good outline of running stitches.
I wondered about putting the picture on the front cover…..
but that broderie anglaise is so beautiful, something more subtle needs to go with it I think, so the fairy bride will go on the first page of the book.
A few hours of glorious play ……. now the sun is shining so I must get out into the garden.