Sunflower Textile journal

I made a slightly different journal this week. A bit more fun and a bit more bright!. I added a free motion sunflower that I made a year or so ago .. once I made it I didn’t know what to do with it so it has just sat there shining at me …..I also did some hand stitching and added some buttons to the journal to spark it up even more.

I left a few of raw edges on this one so that the gentle fraying becomes part of the design.

Sunflower textile art journal

 

Sunflower textile art journal

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Sunflower textile art journal

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Sunflower textile art journal

 

Sunflower made by free motion stitching onto water solvable fabric. Once the stitching is complete, simply soak in water and the base fabric magically disappears leaving a lace like flower. I used three different yellows and orange to make up the flower.. and LOTS of stitching.

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This journal also has a ribbon bookmark with a fabric tassel.

It is available for sale here as a kit if you are interested. My Art Journal Kits include the journal and a packet of coordinating fabric scraps, ribbon and papers, to start you on your journaling journey.

I added a flag

Well, in a burst of motivation and after a chat with my  Mum, I have done a little more to my city scene.

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I added a flag to the flagpole

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Gave the people some clothes and filled in the park a little

City-scene-24It’s hard to see in the photo,.. not terribly clear at all in fact!…… but in real life they just add some points of colour…

I like my flag 🙂

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City Scene Art quilt

 

I have just finished this small art quilt. It is for a small competition in West Australia. It is a challenge competition, where they send a piece of fabric and you must use 75% of the fabric in your quilt. Great I thought, that will be a different challenge for me!. Until I received the piece of fabric and hated it!. It is a really blah pink colour with quite a boring print..uninspired right from the start!.

I have finished it ..finally..after many false starts, cutting up and restitching and thinking maybe I just wouldn’t do it!. I couldn’t just start again completely once I’d begun as of course I had to use the bit of fabric that I had already stitched and cut!. I still don’t really like this piece but here it is!

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The theme was “City Scene” so I thought I’d try stitching the scene onto the pink to somewhat cover it’s blahness. there is actually a fair bit of detail in there, little park benches and people etc….it still didn’t really inspire me after finishing but as I said I now HAD to use it!. There mulitple layers with all the cutting and restitching, so it does have a fair bit of texture to it as well..which I do like!.. We weren’t allowed to alter the fabric in any way otherwise I think I may just have painted over it LOL. Anyway, there it is, warts and all.

On a more positive note, my “Looking Out the Window” quilt arrived home today from it’s sojourn at the National Wool Museum..it’s funny how you can get so emotionally attached to these things..I was very happy to see her back. 🙂

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My new Finished Journal

Well, it’s finished!. This is the journal made from all the bits of fabric that I have been playing with, as well as some of my aged shibori. This one has been hand and free motion machine quilted onto cotton batting with a vintage fabric lining. The flaps to hold the book in are navy cotton as is the binding. I also added some strips of 100% wool variegated slub yarn.

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I decided that It needed the cord and button tie to suit the aged look of the fabric. Unfortunately the buttons aren’t real bone, but we can’t have everything!

A journal addiction..

I am starting to really enjoy making these journals so here are a few more newly finished. I love that it combines my love of textiles and my stationary fetish!..yes, I am addicted to stationary, sad I know! These are now listed in my Madeit and Etsy stores.

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A5 Journal cover. Embroidered owl with vintage fabric flower appliques, and button features. Free motion Quilted onto a new denim base with cotton lining.paisleya4-1

A4 Journal cover made from a patchwork of upcycled denim jeans. This one also has an upcycled crochet belt “pocket” at the top to hold pencils etc.

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New Journals are appearing

Ah how the silly season saps your internet energy!. I have been incredibly neglectful of all my  pages. I haven’t had much sewing time either, with little boys always around. I have managed to make a couple of new journals however. One was a Chrissy gift for my niece, the other just a throw together. If you are interested they are available here.

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Textile: Tranquil landscape

I am entering a competition at the end of this month. There is an array of themes to choose from but I thought I would go with landscape as I am lucky enough to be surrounded by beautiful places.

Here is my Tranquil landscape..I may do some others that are not so tranquil..

 

 

 

 

 

The piece is made from a huge range of different fabrics raw edge appliqued to create the landscape. Some of the fabrics included are: tulle, satin, quilters cotton, upcycled upholstery fabrics, chiffon….and the list goes on. Whatever was the right colour and texture for the situation was used. I did a rough drawing onto calico then filled it in with the fabric scraps.

I have used a variety of free motion quilting stitched to create different textures and to accentuate the different textures of the various fabrics.

It is bound with a very dark green cotton hand stitched at the back and is quilted onto bamboo batting. It has blue upcycled cotton on the back. It measures 58.5 x 45.5 cm (23 x 17.5 in).

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Textile: Lillium One

This is a little Lillium. She’s only small but rather sweet.

She is made from painted cotton stitched with a variety of machine embroidery threads then layered on upcycled fabrics. Her edges have been zig-zagged with a variegated thread and left quite rough.She measures 24 x 29 cm (9.5 x 11.25 in)

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Textile: Gum leaf with spots

This week I decided to go back to painting on felt. I painted a copy of a drawing I did many years ago, based on a photo I took of a diseased gum leaf. The colours were so beautiful I couldn’t resist. The sad thing was that the leaf was probably going to die from the disease.

I painted the leaf onto wool felt then machine stitched the details then did a series of french knots by hand for the fungus.  It is quilted onto bamboo batting with a quilters cotton border and vintage fabric back

I decided to give it a really simple border as there is a fair bit of detail in the leaf. It is hard to see from the pictures but I have quilted the border in leaf shapes reminiscent of the large leaf.

 

Or maybe it goes this way?

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Stiched textile bowls

I made another little bowl last week. This time I stitched some shiny seed beads to the top to add some sparkle. I also made in in a more organised way, instead of random stitching I created small organic circles in three colours, Again, it creates an amazing shadow!

These bowls are only small as I only have a small frame to stitch onto.., just little trinket bowls. I think I may need to invest in a bigger one so that I can do some Bigger bowls!