Another Sketchbook

There does seem to be a few Sketchbooks featuring here at the moment, there’s the international one organised by Anne Lawson in Australia, it’s called The Sisterhood of the Travelling Sketchbook, there’s about 14 of us contributing to it, all sorts of different things, paintings, poems, quilting, textile art…I think it’s in France at the moment, there’s another three to contribute before it’s my turn. I’m the penultimate contributor, so I get to see nearly everyone else’s art work in person. There is a website showing all  the pages so far, so have a look what everyone else has been doing.

Mountains Sketchbook

My embroiderers Guild have organised a Travelling Sketchbook withing the Guild, six of us in each group. We had to choose a theme and everyone will do something loosely based on it. My theme is mountains, we know in advance what everyone elses themes are so we can start thinking in advance. We’ll have each book for a month before we pass it on to the next. This is my sketchbook above and there’s a post about my first embroidery for it yesterday.

Catbells embroidery

We’ve also had a couple of talks at Embroiderers Guild about the usefulness of having your own sketchbook, for writing down ideas, inspirations, trying out different techniques. I decided to buy an extra sketchbook to have a go. One thing that has always put me off before is that I’ve got ideas bubbling round my head which have been there for months, if not years. They get modified every so often! I didn’t see how you would avoid having ideas for the same project in several different parts of the book, which wouldn’t be helpful. I’ve been assured however, that with these books the paper is heavy enough to carefully cut behind the spiral binding, remove the page and pop it back in somewhere else.

Of course I needed to make my sketchbook pretty 🙂

Rowandean embroidery

Whilst looking for something else I found a flower embroidery I had stitched at the Knitting and Stitching show in Harrogate back in 2014. Rowandean always have an activity table where you can just sit and embroider a small design for about £5, it’s like a little oasis in the hustle and bustle of the show! I thought it would look rather pretty on the front of my book. I found two co-ordinating batik fabric in my stash which complemented the embroidery. I didn’t have much of either, in fact the geometric batik was a 10″ square from a layer cake. I thought there was just enough with a bit of fudging!

Sketchbook Cover

I edged the embroidery with the feather batik, the purple left side is actually from the same piece, just a more purple area! I then stitched a strip of the geometric fabric to go around the spiral binding. I had enough of the feather fabric to do the back of the book too.

I found a length of green batik to line it with. I only had enough feather fabric left for one pocket, I didn’t actually have enough left of the geometric one to make a double sided pocket either,so it’s green lining on the inside of that one!

Sketchbook Cover

I used fusible fleece on the back of the main fabric and then stitched it all together. I edged stitched round to give a firm edge and my sketchbook is finished, looking very pretty 🙂

Sketchbook Cover

I’m linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, a celebration of all things stitched by hand, why not have a look what everyone else has been creating.

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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12 Responses to Another Sketchbook

  1. lovelucie1 says:

    Its so beautiful. What a pleasure it will be to use.


  2. claire93 says:

    such rich vibrant colours and that embroidery is so well set-off now.


  3. Gail says:

    A perfect cover for your book of ideas and inspiration!


  4. Quilter Kathy says:

    OH my goodness that’s gorgeous! The colours and the stitchery are beautiful!


  5. Sarah says:

    What a lovely project. I look forward to seeing how it evolves!


  6. Laura says:

    Absolutely love your sketchbook cover! I didn’t know about traveling sketchbooks…how fun, creative and inspiring! Not to mention a great way to make new friends!


  7. CurlsnSkirls says:

    GAWJUS ! ! !


  8. magpiesue says:

    What a lovely facelift you gave your sketchbook! Brilliant way to use that bit of pretty embroidery. I decorate my sketchbooks with stickers, mostly to identify one from another. Well, I like playing with stickers too. ;- ) I had the same reservations you expressed about having notes on one project on several pages. I haven’t gone to the trouble of removing pages and replacing them. Instead I use sticky notes and flags to keep myself on the current page. And I indicate on the bottom of the pages that the notes are continued on another page. You have to do what works for you though!


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