Stitching 4 the Soul Book SAL

I started this fabric book last summer, late to the party but it didn’t matter, Anne Brooke has all of her lovely tutorials on YouTube. Having stitched a double page spread every three weeks I have finally finished it, happy dance time!

Three weeks ago I had finished a double page and just started the final one…

The quote is for the final page, I was planning to embellish it but in the end I kept it simple as the facing page is very busy.

The final set of pages includes an ‘index’, a record of the different fabrics and embellishments used throughout the book. I pulled out all my scraps and started cutting little samples and putting them into colour piles. I chose the alphabet fabric as my base – I thought it was rather apt. I also managed to arrange it so C for Creek was visible.

Once I had my mini piles I started arranging them in a tab, adding lace and trims I had used in the book, this is the blue and taupe index, secured at one end with blanket stitch, some french knots and a handmade wooden button…

For the red index I stitched a silk flower onto a red background just with running stitch, adding some lace before stitching it down with cross-stitch…

Partially under the blue fabric index was the smaller teal tab with a line of fly stitch a button and some lace all stitched securely with a line of blanket stitch…

This lifts up to reveal my favourite bit, a tiny fabric envelope to enclose a little message, isn’t it pretty! I haven’t written anything yet, but I’ll probably include something about the making of the book.

All I had to do now was make it all into a book! I had used the calico pages from Untangled Threads as a base, these have little tabs on for binding with beads. Their irregularity somehow suited the relaxed nature of the book.

I kept the covers simple just using fabric from the sample book, I made two pockets then slid some bosal in between to stiffen them and slip-stitched them closed. I still needed something for the front and back pages of the book. I kept it fairly simple with a few oblongs of fabric and some simple stitching…

I used little beads as spacers, I didn’t have enough of one colour so I made a striped pattern with them instead. I found a gorgeous blue button which came from my mum’s stash for the front, made a cord and attahed the two for fastening.

It’s quite a fat book! I’m really pleased with how it’s come out and I’ve learnt a lot about this style of embroidery. Anne Brookes is doing a new project this year of 52 handmade tags, all on YouTube. I know several people who are doing it and really enjoying having a little project each week, it’s not too late if anyone wants to join in!

In case you can’t remember the contents of this book, here’s a few photos…

This SAL is organised by Avis from Sewing by the Sea, we post our progress on our own choice of project, it’s a great motivator! Please follow the links for lots more stitching inspiration…

AvisClaireGunCaroleConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahMary MargaretReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJJennyLauraCathieLindaHelen  

I seem to have several long projects coming to a close at the moment, so I haven’t decided yet what I will stitch next, you’ll have to wait and see!

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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16 Responses to Stitching 4 the Soul Book SAL

  1. endrickwater says:

    Really impressive, Margaret. And your solution to the beads in the binding looks lovely, too.

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  2. Sharon says:

    Such a unique creative project designed by Anne Brooke and you did a beautiful job on this book. It turned out fabulous 🙂 It was really fun to follow your progress on this.

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  3. claire93 says:

    a beautiful touchy, feely masterpiece, Margaret, well done!

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  4. Laura says:

    This is a wonderful tactile book, Margaret! I love it!

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  5. Cathie J says:

    Your book is beautiful and quite a testament to your talent.

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  6. What a wonderful keepsake 3-D sampler. You must have a rather impressive stash 😉

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  7. kathyreeves says:

    What a lovely finish, Margaret! I always enjoy the huge variety of your stitching projects!

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  8. Christina says:

    Stunning finish! I love the sample pages!

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  9. What a beautiful book. And I especially like the tiny envelope.

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  10. Lovely – lots of interesting pieces, a wonderful keepsake.

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  11. Carole says:

    Such beautiful pages and I love how you’ve made them into that gorgeous book 🙂

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  12. rutigt says:

    Congratulations and a Happy dance for finishing such a beautiful book!

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  13. So beautiful and so many things to treasure on each page. Congratulations on your happy dance. Will the tags take the place of this project now? xx

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  14. Simply fantastic! You are very good at combining fabrics and laces !! Sooner or later I try ..
    Hugs, Carmela

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  15. Amanda says:

    Beautiful finish.

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