Friday 21 February 2014

Finished! Yeah!

I am thrilled that I have finished a project I started in November.  I went on a workshop with Steph Redfern called Thrift & Alchemy.   The idea was incorporate (recycle) bits and pieces you already had into a textile piece.

Health warning: this post has a lot of photographs in it.  And I mean a lot!

I decided that I wanted to make a fabric book based on the Fruit of the Spirit.  I had a book which was designed for scrapbooking which I cut up to use for the words in my book.  I started by painting and stencilling on different fabrics and papers.

Then I cut up some felt into 9 inch squares for the base of each page and tore strips of paper and fabric to create the backgrounds.

I bonded the papers and fabrics to the felt.

Then I machined and handstitched on each page.

Last Sunday I took all the pages to my local crop and tacked the pages together.  First assembling them in pairs and then putting the pairs back to back with a printed fabric 'spine'.

And then finally today, I machined the double pages together and stitched the whole thing together down the spine.

Inside front cover and page 1

Pages 2 & 3

Pages 4 & 5

Pages 6 & 7

Page 8 and inside back cover

Back cover and front cover

Congratulations if you've got to this point.  Thanks for stopping by and reading to the end.


  1. Bernice - that is just beautiful .. Steph will be glowing and so should you be xx

  2. Congratulations, Bernice!
    This is an AMAZING project!
    I love it!!

  3. Beautiful pages Bernice, I enjoyed watching them come together at the Bramble Patch and it's good to see the book finished. Gorgeous colour combinations and a really good balance of the different media used.

  4. Bernice,
    Your fabric journal is beautiful! And amazing! I'm so happy to see someone completing a project from November because I want to do that, too! I have my combination faces/LSNED journal which is about half finished, but I do want to complete. This gives me hope!

  5. Beautiful book, thank you for sharing how you made it.

  6. Fabulous! Love your color palette. Each page is a visual joy.


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