The Outlawz current challenge in Twisted Thursday is Anything Goes, with the theme That's Sew Lovely. I have been working on a Treasure Journal of embroidery for a few months. Basically winging it as I go, trying new things to see how this journal will come together.
I wanted the material to have the consistency of paper, so that you could turn the pages without the material flopping around. I think I have the combination right, I am using a combination of stabilizing fabric and glue.There will be good and bad pages, I am using up all the odd pieces of fabric I have stored around the house, not to mention embroidery thread inherited from my Mum and my Mother In Law, hate to think how old it may be, but it is still workable.
My inkjet printer is printing the images, for the process of printing I am using a stick and stay spray with cardstock for backing. as I am limited to A4 size for printing, there will be lots of odd joins. There will be three signatures. I'm working on pockets, tags etc and I expect the journal to take years to complete.
My Mum taught me some basic stitches when I was 4 years old, many many years ago and it is something I still love to do. There will be lots of different hand sewing in the journal and I expect along the way I will find better ways to do things.
For now, here is the cover, made from a cardboard box and a cross stitch pattern I did earlier this year. The other two pictures, show two pages for the journal, they back onto each other. The cottage and crinoline lady are a centre page, with the washing page backing it, the side edges have not been completed on the washing page as I am thinking of adding a fold and/or a pocket.
Wish me luck, at least I cannot say I have nothing to do.