Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Vintage Fabric and Lace Pocket Notebook (Eileen Hull)

Vintage fabric and lace are my absolutely favourite things to work with and what better than to bring them together in a small notebook.

No excuse for not using lashings of lace and ribbon ! most of which have been dyed with tea .......

...... along with small vintage elements such as brass keys, pearl buttons and small paper flowers.

This is how it all came together:

I have die cut the covers from the Pocket Notebook die using cheap greyboard from the back of a pad of paper. They will not be seen so no point in using up good supplies! I have separated the spine from the front and back covers and cut a piece of linen to allow a 1" border all around.

Draw around the area of the front cover with a pencil .........

....... and mark these lines and corners with pins.

Then when you turn the fabric over you have marked guidelines for the edge of the cover and no pencil lines to remove.

I normally design my cover before making it so that I can work out what needs to be stitched and what can be added later. These small pieces of lace, some of which have been dyed with tea, have been stitched onto the fabric.

To adhere the greyboard to the fabric I have used sticky red tape rather than glue, but that is really a matter of choice. I have mitred the corners of the fabric, but don't cut these two tight to the corners or they will fray. After the stitching my edges had got rather frayed so they have been trimmed to 3/4".

I normally stick down the long sides first before adding the tape to the sides.

The corners don't have to be too neat as they will be covered. If they are fraying just rub a little PVA dries clear glue on the edge and leave it to dry and that should be enough to stop it fraying further.

Cut a piece of good quality cardstock to cover the inside of the book. Mine measured 9 1/2" x 6 5/8" but the size might vary depending on the thickness of material you use.

Once it has been glued in place, let it dry before using a bone folder to depress the cardstock either side of the spine. If you don't do this the paper will crinkle and fold in places in you don't want it to!

I have used three pieces of elastic for my paper booklets inside. I have used lace and ribbon to cover these.

Once the knots have been tied put a little PVA glue on the knot and leave to dry. This will stop the knot coming undone later when adding the paper booklets.

For the inside pages I have cut a selection of paper 8" x 6 1/2" -  some light watercolour paper, tea dyed copy paper and covers made from good quality cream cardstock.

I have arranged the papers into small booklets and included a smaller piece of cardstock in the middle. This has a purpose!

 I have used a pokey tool to create small holes to stitch the papers together.

Once the booklet is stitched, insert it into the book under the elastic.

Then when you stick down the middle pocket you hide all the knots!

I have finished the book with some small lace along the outside edges.

Finally decorate the front cover with your lovely vintage embellishments! I have tucked a Tim Holtz Vintage Card under the lace and glued it to the fabric and added a little collection of embellishments in the bottom corner and at the top. These all help the photograph to stay glued to the fabric.

I have used more lace on the spine to cover the elastic along with some tea dyed seam binding which has been looped through the centre of the book. Add a few embellishments - in this case the remains of an old vintage style necklace.

Thank you for joining me and I hope the tutorial inspires you to create with linen and fabric. If you have any questions concerning the tutorial or need some more information please do not hesitate to ask in the comments section or email me.

As always thank you for joining me!

Jennie x

Saturday, 25 April 2020

Mermaid Blues!

Hello and welcome to this sneak peek post! 

You may remember that I was given the chance to play with the new PaperArtsy stamps designed by France Papillon a couple of weeks ago. Well I am using them again tonight for our current challenge Under the Sea. 

Do hop on over to PaperArtsy to see how I used these very non under the sea stamps to create my Mermaid!

Jennie x

Friday, 24 April 2020

Felt Flowers for a Soft Case Journal

Hello and welcome!

Unfortunately I have not caught the cleaning bug that so many of my friends seem to have during this Lockdown period, but I have been doing a little random sorting! during which I found (or rather located) a box of felt leftover from many years ago when I used to make felt mice.

There were some larger pieces but also a lot of very small bits but some gorgeous colours too. I decided to pull everything together using Eileen Hull's Journal die. It is the largest of her book dies but I thought it would be good to have a larger area to showcase the flowers that I wanted to make.

I used dies to cut tag shapes and leaves ....

Some of the flowers were made using simple flower shape dies and others made using roll up pieces, some cut from dies and others just rolled using simple circles (more details in the tutorial below).

I found it easier to cut pieces using dies as the edges were nicely smooth and neat ..... not like my stitching !!!

I used Eileen's Twist and Twirl Tool for making the spine ties using some lovely silk wool I bought many years ago.

On the inside covers I have made some simple pockets from left over felt ......

..... and a few little bits and pieces left over.

All the felt would have benefitted from being supported with some interfacing but I didn't have any and of course I could not just pop to the shop to get some. So the covers are strengthened with pieces of crinoline fabric and I have had to live with the way some of the felt went a bit squint when being stitched.

The journal has a lovely feel to it and is surprisingly sturdy and I felt so good about using some left over fabrics from years ago!

Keep safe and well
Jennie x

 (and a few tips from the making)

I cut four journal covers - 2 front and 2 back. 

Sew onto the cover any tags or pockets before sewing the two covers together.

Iron on interfacing to strengthen the felt would have been desirable but all I had of a reasonable thickness was crinoline. I used the journal die to cut the shape but had to trim a little from the edges so it didn't show when stitched.

The felt did cut through when I used the die cut machine so when I stitched the two covers together I added extra stitching to strengthen the fold. The zig zag stitch down the middle looks quite decorative but has a purpose!

The holes for threading were strengthened with eyelets. These little ones only went through one layer but are enough to stop it fraying.

I used Eileen's Twist and Style Tool with some silk thread for the my spine thread. The silk works well as it doesn't stretch. Cotton would be good as well.

And the flowers ..... I have used one of my favourite roll up flower dies which cut the felt perfectly. It is a Spellbinders thin metal die which I have had for years. The felt rolled very well and I used PVA fabric glue across the bottom of the flower to glue it in place.

If you don't have a die you can make these little rolled flowers from a circle of felt which can be rolled after cutting a spiral around the circle. I use these little rolled flowers a lot in paper for filling in around larger flowers.

There is a tutorial HERE on my blog for making paper ones - the technique is the same for felt.

I find that purchased books in the UK for the inside of Eileen's Journal die are a little on the large size so I make my own. I make a few at a time so I always have some ready to put straight into a journal. These packs of squared and plain paper are just perfect.

Cut the papers 7 1/2" x 8 1/4" and then fold to make a booklet measuring 7 1/2" x 4 1/8". I also cut kraft paper the same size to make a cover.

The leftover pieces are perfect for Eileen's smaller book dies!!!

Rounding the corners make the books look very professional and you can either staple the pages together if you have a long arm stapler or sew them as I do with some cotton.

Dies Used:

Sissix Eileen Hull Journal 
Sissix Eileen Hull Bookplate, Hinges and Label Thinlits 
Sissix Eileen Hull Spring Leaves 
Sissix Tim Holtz Tattered Floral
Spellbinders Rolled Flower

Saturday, 11 April 2020

PaperArtsy : Fabulous New Stamp Release

I am super excited to share with you a fabulous new stamp release over at PaperArtsy tonight!  The amazing designer and mixed media artist France Papillon has joined the Signature Team and I was very excited to be asked to create with the new release stamps.

I have combined her stamps with some gelli plate prints to make a small wallet book ......

....... which has a couple of smaller books inside.

So please do join me over at PaperArtsy to see the whole stamp range from France and lots of ideas for inspiration!

Jennie x

Friday, 3 April 2020

Gelli Plate Play!

Hello and welcome ! All over the world our lives are suddenly different and yet we thankfully have our creative crafting to keep us occupied and our virtual deadlines are unchanged!

So today I am welcoming you to our new challenge over at A Vintage Journey where the lovely Julia is challenging us to get out our Gelli Plates and PLAY!

You can find all the details of our challenge on our blog post HERE but most of all do visit and be INSPIRED by my fellow Creative' Guide's amazing makes from their Gelli Plate Play.

Well you know what it is like when you start playing with the Gelli Plate you end up with loads of fabulous mark making papers and in my case fabric. So I have made a little needlework/knitting set from all my pieces!

I recently attended a fabric painting workshop with our local Needleworkers Guild and couldn't wait to get home to try the process on the Gelli Plate! I have used cream coloured cambric and PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints as these will not be washed in any way. I have used the same colours on both paper and fabric and so was able to make some co-ordinating pieces. From the fabric I made a needle case for large pins and needles (which I need when knitting) and a small pincushion. And from the papers a large bookmark for my knitting books and a couple of small notebooks (which actually fit inside the needlecase).

I used Eileen Hull's Notebook die as my base for the needlecase and decorated it by capturing some elements underneath teabag paper (it has not been used for tea bags!).

Making up knitted items requires larger needles than usual and the size of this book is just perfect for my large pins and thick needles.

I have captured the ribbon on the back of the book using the same idea......

..... and followed through to the pin cushion.

The little books were made using Eileen Hull's Passport die, just the inner pages part of the Die. They are filled with different types of papers, particularly squared paper which is very useful when knitting Fair Isle and Lace.

Most of my knitting books are quite large and so I thought I would use the last of the papers to make a large book mark which hopefully won't get lost inside the book!

Initially I was rather disappointed with the fabric printing but once it had dried and I started cutting it and putting it together for my projects I was really pleased with them! I decided not to do any more stamping as I really liked the colours and textures created. Neither did I want to hide too much of the gorgeous patterns so I did keep my embellishments on the small side. Here are some close ups of the patterns:

If that has whetted your appetite, then here are a few more details of how it all came together.

On this piece of calico I used four different Frescos: China, Waterfall, Wolf Eye and Key Lime. I wished I had thought to iron the calico before I started ........!

I also did some papers and tissue paper in the same colours. Patterns have been created on both with Carabelle Studios gelli plate stamps, bottle tops and die cuts.

This piece of fabric had the addition of Glass Blue Fresco which is transluscent and I added a bit more of the Key Lime, again which is semi opaque. I had expected the Key Lime to blend in a bit more than it had.

To make the needlecase I cut a piece of the calico about 1.5" larger than the Notebook Die.

I used the Notebook Die to cut a piece of batting which I then machine stitched onto the calico.

I captured my text paper and butterfly under some tea bag material and added a little lace and tape ....

..... and the same on the back capturing some dyed seam binding underneath to close the book when finished.

I decided to use some Fabric Glue from this point onwards as I thought my stitching would just ruin what I had created so far! This is a neat way of mitreing corners which I learnt in a Japanese book binding workshop last year. However, you do need to make sure your pieces are glued at right angles and I had trimmed the fabric to 3/4" all around to ensure I could do this.

I used the Notebook Die to cut the felt inside lining and Eileen's Passport Die to cut a couple of felt pages for my needles. All three pieces are held together with a little silk string and then I glued the felt to the fabric and left it to dry overnight.

Finally I added some lace on the side edges.

My little set look very neat in my knitting basket all ready to be used!

I sincerely hope that everyone is keeping well and safe from the Virus. But hopefully too you may find time to play along with us this month and have some fun getting out your Gelli Plate.

Thank you for joining me today.

Jennie x

Sissix Dies used:

Eileen Hull Notebook Die
Eileen Hull Passport Die