New Diary Cover

Before the black Merino and multi fibre notebook cover I made recently, I’d started to make a greeny blue one for a diary. The first batt I was happy with on my drum carder was blues and greens so I used this for the top layer. As well as Merino, I added some texturey Icelandic wool, and locks of Bluefaced Leicester and Wensleydale that I dyed a few years. I added lots of surface embellishments: silk fabric, cotton gauze, organza, silk top, silk throwster’s waste, some synthetic curly fibres and some more of the dyed texturey, curly wools.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt was too large to get a decent clear ‘after felting’ photo, but this is almost all of it:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis notebook took even longer than the black one as it was the first one I’d made like this, using felt off cuts for the straps and hand sewing all around the edges:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI machine stitched the smaller strip onto the wide closure strip

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd I machine stitched the two pieces onto the back

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABut I finished all the edges with blanket stitch

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI kept the natural edge of the felt for the inside front flap, I like the little detail of pink and yellow on the silk at the top.

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8 Responses to New Diary Cover

  1. Lyn says:

    I nearly dribbled on my keyboard when I clicked to enlarge the first photo – it’s a beautiful image. – sorry, but my name’s Lyn and I’m a fibre addict.

    The resulting felt is so pretty and your handiwork in the construction of the cover is faultless.

  2. Marilyn Nelson says:

    The colors are luscious and so rich. I love the shimmery highlights. And as usual your stitching is perfect. Personally I always favor organic edges. Great job, thanks for sharing.

  3. ruthlane says:

    I agree with Lyn – that first photo enlarged is yummy, the second one too. Looks like you’re getting the hang of the carder πŸ™‚

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Ruth πŸ™‚
      I’ve not had time to use it this week, but I’ve been creating space to get some mileage out of it πŸ™‚

  4. Fabulous, as usual, you do such nice composition. I have a really hard time putting that much stuff on anything. When I do it, it looks messy when you do it, it looks great.

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks a lot, Ann πŸ™‚
      I was worried I’d overloaded it a bit, but using wool for highlights/embellishments with the other fibres and fabric pieces adds interest without too much texture.

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