The Sisterhood of the Travelling Sketchbook

I first heard about the Sisterhood of the Travelling Sketchbook a couple of months back on Kate Chiconi’s blog, Tall Tales from Chiconia, it’s a great idea thought up by Anne Lawson, an amazing artist from Australia. Anne has handmade a beautiful sketchbook which is now travelling around the world, each person who receives it will decorate a page, it could be a painting, a drawing, embroidery, calligraphy. The sketchbook will then get posted on to the next person. There are about twelve of us taking part, the book includes a map so we can trace the route as it goes from Australia to America and over to Europe. I’m last, which I think is a bonus as I will be able to see everyone else’s entry for real!

The sketchbook went to Kate first, she has made a beautiful feather using foundation paper piecing, as someone who is very new to this technique, I can appreciate the work involved! This is what she wrote about it;

“A stitched image in fabric, a bit of loopy hand lettering and a sorta, kinda poem. The sewn fabric piece is the hardest bit of foundation paper piecing I’ve ever made, but knowing how fond Anne is of feathers, it was a challenge that just had to be met…. I’m not totally in love with the lettering, but sometimes you just have to commit to getting something down on paper, don’t you? And I like the words… Actually, I’m not even sure which way the page should go, landscape or portrait.  I think I prefer portrait for the feather, but then the words are on their sides. You decide for yourselves which is better.”

Tall Tales from Chiconia

Tall Tales from Chiconia

I love the verse Kate has written too, have a look here for the full post. I’ve a few ideas in my head of what I can do but I really need to make a decision and start creating as it will be my turn in no time at all!

Chas Spain has made an interactive map here so we can trace it’s progress, at the moment it’s still in Queensland, Australia. The participants are listed below, why not pop over and see what they are planning;

and finally, back to Anne herself in Melbourne, Australia

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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4 Responses to The Sisterhood of the Travelling Sketchbook

  1. katechiconi says:

    Thanks for the link back! You need to update the participant list at the end, though; Sandra (Lady Red Specs) has finished her page, so you can mark her as Done too! It’s fascinating to see what is going to happen, and I reckon you and I have the best spots, first and last. I had the luxury of all that blank space, and you’ll have the inspiration of all the previous creations!

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  2. CurlsnSkirls says:

    What a charming idea, and I love the page you’ve shown!
    Know your page will be wonderful!

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  3. anne54 says:

    It’s an exciting project. While Kate and I had the original impetus it has taken off, and so many people are watching with interest!

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  4. amcclure2014 says:

    What a fabulous idea! I will link through and look at what has gone before and I’m really looking forward to seeing what you come up with. My name on PR and many other sites is annem54 – very similar to anne54!

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