Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Wednesday Worktable - 26th November 2014 - More Felt Books

This is my contribution to WOYWW (What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday), over at JuliaDunnit's Blog. Each Wednesday, Julia invites fellow crafters and bloggers to show a photo or two of their worktables, and explain what they've been doing.


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My work "table" is really a Work Basket just now.  I'm busy stitching embroidered covers, for a number of felt journals, to add to my Christmas stock.
Blue felt with snowman fabric lining, white and gold embroidery; green felt with holly fabric lining and cover edging, red, green and gold embroidery; grey felt cover, to be embroidered and lined with blue suede; large piece of hand made felt, in red, green and gold - to be made into Something, but not entirely decided yet! 

I'm embellishing the covers with hand embroidery.  After this, I will use longstitch, to bind several sections of pages, in lovely paper.  Hope to have them finished very soon!

They will be for sale, along with three that are already in my LizzieMade shops (www.lizziemade.folksy.com / www.lizziemade.etsy.com).  Feel free to visit! 

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That's my contribution to the WOYWW Story this week - thanks for reading.  
Why not pop over to Julia's Stamping Ground and see what else is going on in the crafting world?

19 comments:

  1. They are so pretty, Lizzie, and should fly off the shelf. A great use for patterned felt - I've struggled to know what to do with mine. Happy WOYWW, Chris # 8

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    1. The felt is plain - the pattern is on the cotton fabric that I've used to line the felt.

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  2. Very pretty indeed! I had to zoom in closer to see how you did that red and green twisted loopy stitch....that is so clever, like a paper chain all around the edge. Really effective! I'm sure they'll sell well in your shop :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 25 xx

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    1. Thanks - it's called "Double Threaded Running Stitch". You just make a nice running stitch, then take another thread up through one stitch, then down the next - up, down, up, down etc. If you use a second thread in reverse - ie. down, up, down, up - it makes that double loop pattern. You can use different colours, as I did, or all the same. There's also "Whipped Running Stitch", where the needle passes through the stitches in the Same direction each time - ie. from underneath, through to the top, then back to the bottom of the next stitch (rather than going down from the top of it, as you'd do for threaded stitches). You can also do this with other stitches - backstitch, chain stitch (and its variants), even blanket stitch.
      Glad you like it Jan!

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  3. They're beautiful. Wow, you have reminded me of how long it is since I did any embroidery like this. It's lovely to do. Makes me think about happy hours stitching a felt needlecase when I was little.

    Best of luck with the sales. I'm sure they'll fly

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    1. Thanks Sian! My mum still has the needlebook I made her, when I was in the Infants' School. No sewing - it was fixed together with staples and the Christmas Tree I put on the cover, was made from cut-out green felt, glued on, with other coloured felt pieces cut (chopped!) out and stuck on the tree. There are strips of pretty braid down either side of the cover, with the decoration in between. She was very proud of it. I think I was five when I made it, so she's had that a very long time!
      I enjoy embroidery from time to time. The felt books are becoming a Christmas Standard for me now - this is the third year!

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    1. Hi Jacky, thank you very much. Lovely to see an Old Friend visiting my WOYWW post!

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  5. These are lovely and don't seem too difficult to make. I might try something like this for one of my journals. Happy WOYWW! zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle #41

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    1. Hello Zsuzsa, yes, they are straightforward in terms of making up the covers - the trick is to take your time over the embroidery, to choose the right colours and to enhance the felt and fabric with the right stitches. Longstitch can be very simple to do - again, you need to take your time, be accurate and be patient! Then you will have the best result and something to feel proud of.

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  6. These are pretty great and simple. I have been trying to figure out what kind of cover to put on my art journal. Using felt has never come to mind. I have lots of it, so thank-you for reminding me to use it!
    Lizzie #64

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    1. Hi Beth! Felt - especially felt that is largely made with wool - has such a lovely feel to it and makes a very tactile book cover. It's very easy to fix onto an existing book cover too, if you glue it with care (even spray-on glue can be used - spray it onto the harder/ less absorbent surface, then line the felt up carefully at one end. Smooth it along the cover, from the centre to the edges. Be careful to push it into any crease at the spine of the book. Then you have a lovely felt -covered book!)

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  7. All very lovely. Thank you for explaining the stitches to Lady Jan as I was wondering about them too.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Have a great week,
    Lisca#24

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    1. Hello again Lisca, thanks for visiting again this time. Happy to explain stuff - I enjoy sharing what I know!

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  8. So pretty! hope you sell loads. Helen 6

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    1. Thank you, Helen! Have a good week.

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  9. That's a lot of work Lizzie, and I hope, quite relaxing...I love the fabrics you've chosen. I also like the idea of doing the work first and turning it into 'Something' later.....how skilled!

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  10. Beautifully done books. They are just begging to be opened. Keep smiling and creating

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  11. What great covers! I love all the festive colors and patterns around this time of year! :D
    Hugs,
    Beth P
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    sorry I'm late... I do love to take my time and really have a good poke around :D

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