I’m obsessed with sketchbooks but I rarely draw. I do, however, have lots & lots of ideas that are continually spinning round in my head and these ideas & inspirations need to be ‘captured’ or they will eventually disappear. I love to make my own sketchbooks to catch my thoughts, ideas and all the other inspirational stuff that appears around me.
Somehow page after page of ‘white’ puts me off – I become obsessed with how ‘unbeautiful’ my handwriting is rather than all the stuff I’m trying to say. These little sketchbooks, ideas books, journals (call them what you will) are my antidote to that!
During this workshop you will create an A5 sketchbook with an open stitched spine from brown & black paper and sheets of vellum. Once you learn this technique, you will never need to buy a sketchbook or journal ever again!
Now we all know that all stitchers love and are inspired by the sight and feel of fabrics, so we’ll add some fabric scraps to the pages thus creating a sketchbook that is crying out to be used.
I’ll show you how I use my own books and how pages can be added & altered as you go along. You’ll start working in your book with some stitch inspiration from my collection of old needlework and mending samples. You can then take it in whatever direction you wish at home.
Your sketchbook will have a hard cover to make it robust (it’s the ideal size to throw in your bag) and in the afternoon you’ll start to create your beautiful stitched covers. Using French linen fabric, with that oh so gorgeous red stripe, calico printed with text from an old domestic science jotter and other scraps of materials that have been used washed and worn, you’ll create a simple ‘ground’ to start stitching into.
You most certainly won’t finish this on the day but you’ll leave having completed making your book, you’ll have your covers planned and stitching started. Don’t worry I’ll show you everything that you need to continue working on this lovely project at home.
All materials will be provided, including plain linen if that red French stripe isn’t your thing – but surely not!!
A Stitcher’s Sketchbook
Dates will be announced early 2021
This is a fabulous workshop for Embroiderers Guilds & Textile groups
Contact me if you would like to discuss