Here, at last, is my Summer Stitching book. First the story, then some notes.
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For the pages in this book I used a selection of utility fabrics interlined with with Vilene Fusible Low Loft Fleece. For the cover I also used a layer of hobbs wadding.
For the stitching, I used a wide variety of stranded embroidery threads (including Anchor, DMC and unbranded) and ordinary sewing threads (including Guterman, Vintage Silko and unbranded).
I also used a wide selection of new and vintage fabric scraps, lace, tapes, yarn, buttons and notions.
For the transfers I used Lesley Riley’s Tap Transfer Paper and the transfer pictures are public domain images from The Graphics Fairy.
I gave myself two rules – 1. No frogging and 2. Using only materials that I had already.
It has been an interesting experiment, which I’ve enjoyed. It has given me lots of stitching practice and ideas for future projects :)
Janine @ Rainbow Hare
I am linking this post with Soma at Whims and Fancies for Wandering Camera.
20 thoughts on “About Time – A Story”
Your book is very cool and creative. My hands itch to try something like that, and, that’s saying something because my hand sewing skills are non-existent.
I absolutely love this! I think in blueprints and maps, but I have never captured any of those thoughts in an actual piece. Maybe now is the time and that is my “You are here” point!
I love it!! I’m not a hand stitcher, but I can see how fun this must have been to make :)
betty - NZ
what a unique little book! It’s so creative and I know anyone who makes it would be very proud of their work. :)
WOW ! This leaves me speechless Utterly fantastic A future heirloom to be treasured forever Marion x
Celtic Thistle Stitches
What an amazing project Janine, I love every single part of this. Each page is beautiful in its own right but together they are wonderful, you must be so proud!
My O My! What a wondrous, creative book. Lovely stitching.
I especially love the kntting page.
Oh gee. I saw those little pages when you created them. Now that they are put together in a book…well it just blows me away. Each new page relates to the last and carries the story forward. Planned beforehand, or seat of the pants creation? It’s wondrous.
soma @ whimsandfancies.com
About Time is a fabulous book. Such beautiful pages! Loved seeing all the details and reading it. A wonderful last page too, the journey continuous :)
Thank you so much for linking up this post on Wandering Camera!
This is just fabulous! Such a lovely concept and so well executed. I love the map! Apologies for not having seen this sooner, I’m massively behind in my blog reading and use Feedly so I get the posts in date order.
Hello Janine, thanks for your kind comment on my blog. I had a look at yours and I am in love with this book! I’ve played with the idea of combining my stitches in a sort of book, but to actually make a story with them – I think the idea is brilliant in itself, but you’ve made it into something really wonderful :)
About Time is a most glorious book, Janine! Each page is overspilling with beautiful whimsy and glorious detail. I would imagine many fun hours were spent dreaming up each page and many an enjoyable hour stitching. Each pretty stitch is fabulous! A most amazing finish!
Andree G Faubert
Hi Janine, your book is absolutely amazing! What a great idea. I’m now going to keep reading back on your blog to find out more about it!
Sorry to be late commenting, Janine. Wow! What a masterpiece! I love every little scene, but especially your map!
Gosh, you are amazing! However did you manage to stitch all this and make quilts, and knit too?
Well done my friend!
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Hello, it amazing how sewers can come up with so many ideas. I just love it. Thank you for sharing. I just love the book and the many stitch you used.
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Pam @Threading My Way
WOW!!! What an awesome book – so creative. There’s so much detail you can’t take it all in in one go. I love it!!!
What a lovely idea – and a beautiful objec. You are so imaginative, I’m really quite envious of your creative ability!