Way back in August I finished my first weekly Stitchbook Journal and I realised today that I haven't posted anything about my new one since then!
Even though I haven't been blogging about it, I have still been beavering away creating pages using photographs from the the things I have been doing. I'm going to share some of them over the next few weeks, as I've only got a few more pages to go until i'll have finished this volume too!
My favourite is this double page spread about the Victorious Festival weekend that I had a stall at with my friend Kendal (Eyecandy on Facebook). Not only did we get to showcase our work to thousands of people we also got to experience the wonderful festival for free. Excellent times!
And below are our Victorious stalls (I can't believe how sunny it looks - especially sitting here in February with the rain beating on the window in front of me!)...
Well....i knew it would happen at some point - I've been a bit lax at posting on here! Sorry it's been over a month since I last posted, but it doesn't mean I've given up on the challenge. Even though I've not posted my pages I've still been making them so my journal is still growing. I think there is 6 pages in total that I haven't got around to posting!
I'm not going to post all of them here, but i'll chose my favourites to show you, and if you ever see me in person you can ask to look at the others.
May was a rather social month for me, so rather than do a separate page for each event I decided to combine them on one page (thanks to Kendal and Lisa for the photos!)
This event however deserved it's own page - a doodle club run by my friend Kendal at The Wave Maiden pub in Southsea it's on the 4th Tuesday of every month (and is absolutely one of my favourite ways to spend an evening!)
Last one for today has to be this page featuring one of my highlights of the month - Getting to cuddle two gorgeous guinea pigs!
I've been waiting for a good opportunity to use this wonderful echina fabric and am so glad I was able to use it for this.
Can't believe I've made it to week 10 already (and mostly stick to my rules! - I say mostly because this is a day late...)
This weeks post is to finish off all of the baby pages I have been doing since Easter when I spent so much time cuddling my new baby second cousins! It's the last picture of babies for a while I promise!
It's quite a simple page this time, but inspired by these two selfies I took during my many long cuddles with the girls.
I used this scrapbook layout from www.kaisercraft.com.au as inspiration for the colours and design. I loved the boldness of the pink/coral next to the black and the trailing flowers hanging from the top edge.
I cut out lots of flowers from a pink and black floral fabric which I then appliqued to the top of the page before adding some pink variegated thread lines and felt letters for the girls initials.
This week's journal challenge page is celebrating another visit I made during my Easter holidays (because nothing interesting happens during term time!). This time it was to visit my cousin Mark and his family. His daughter Harriet already has a page in this stitchbook, but that was over 7 weeks ago, (and she has done a lot of growing since then) so I thought she should have another dedicated page!
I based this page on this scrapbook layout I saw on pinterest by Paige Evans (paigeandchris.com).
I used the basic page layout here as inspiration and then swapped the paper butterflies for fabric prairie points ( a technique I have been meaning to try out for ages), and I tried to match the fabric to the background of her forest themed play mat. I'm really pleased how well they turned out and I'm definitely going to try them again soon!
After having so much fun creating my page based on my Easter visit to the Davis family,
this week I have continued to use the photos I took that weekend - to introduce my new second cousin: Rhiannnon. (As I did one to announce the arrival of her cousin Harriet at the start of this project, I thought it was only fair she got her own page!)
Finishing this page also let me bind the next 4 pages, so I now have 8 pages in the book (it's filling up fast!) Here is a picture of the double page Davis spread:
Welcome to week 7 - I've been on my Easter Holidays this week and have been doing some exciting things (so excuse me for being a few days late to post!). The best thing I have done with my time off is to visit my lovely cousin Rachel and meet her new baby Rhiannon for the first time.
Therefore I couldn't resist making some pages to show off the gorgeous new family. Here is the first one:
I wanted to try a technique here that I have seen in scrapbook tutorials using Sharpies to write on acetate which is then applied to the background to create a transparent layer. I couldn't use acetate, but I tried with a sewable PVC (sold as table protector) that I had bought for a previous project. The Sharpie worked really well and I was able to draw the black leaves above and sew them virtually invisibly through the stems.
I will certainly be trying this again and may have to purchase some more exciting coloured pens!
Two weeks this time, as I was poorly last week and so couldn't post. Luckily though being ill did not hinder my sewing progress and I still managed to complete a couple of pages.
The first page is a celebration of one of my favourite places to visit: The Natural History Museum in Dublin. I first went to this lovely place for a drawing trip during my second year at University, but these photos were taken just a couple of years ago when I introduced my Mum to the wonders of taxidermy there during a family holiday.
The second page is inspired by the interactive nature of 'quiet books' for children, which have various activities on each page to keep little ones entertained. There are many homemade fabric versions of these books on Pinterest and they show incredible creativity in the way the pages can be made interactive.
I decided to make a velcro bookcase onto which I have added a felt version of each book I have read this month. I have used fabric transfer paper to print the front covers but left the backs blank felt so that the stick to the velcro.
I have also bound my first 4 pages, but you will have to wait to see them!
Another week completed! This week I tried to put a bit more time into this project to catch up with myself! So I created a front and inside cover for the stitchbook. (I probably should have done this before starting- but apparently I'm a maverick)
The front cover has been hand pieced using white and blue found fabric with an felt applique title. I hand embroidered a zig-zag pattern around the inner circle for stability and to frame the title.
The inside cover is a patchwork of blue and white squares decorated with a grid of french knots. There are three rows of ribbon which will act as the spine as I sew the book together. (Hopefully this will become clear next week as the first group of pages go in.
I secured the outside and inside covers together and bound the edges with green velvet ribbon which I love because it demands you to touch it!
Well, I didn't quite make it last week - I was stupidly working on two pages at once, (one for the week as well as quite a time consuming front cover) and of course didn't manage to get either of them quite finished on time! But I have now finished the week 3 one and I will try and catch up during the rest of this fourth week!
This page is based on a selfie I took in front of one part of my (colour coordinated) fabric stash - this is very important to me at the moment as it is the only fabric I have access to, the rest being in storage waiting until I'm able to move out.
I tried to use a limited colour palette to create the central patchwork strip which I think ties in well with the fabric in the photo. I used similar coloured bakers twine for the radiating lines which I attached using the couching method.
I appliqued the selfie lettering from felt and used rubber stencils for the 'fabric stash' lettering.
Kim is a textile artist based in Portsmouth. She studied Illustration at Kingston University before becoming a textiles teacher. She combines the two disciplines to create retro inspired fabric artworks and playful images of pop culture.