Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Journal Cover

























For the last few days I've been busy making a journal cover. It was made by weaving strips of fabric through rug canvas, and heavily stitched with decorative machine stitching. I read about this method in a book called Fabric Leftovers by D'Arcy-Jean Milne. The piece of fabric I had woven wasn't quite large enough for me to add a pocket inside for the journal to fit into, so instead I plaited some of the leftover strips together, threaded them through the journal's spine attached the journal to the cover with the strip - knotting the end to keep the journal snug and secure inside the cover. The knot at the end of the plait can be undone if you want to remove the journal (not that I'll ever need to - I haven't even started a journal yet!!!)..... I wanted the closure to be quick and easy to open, so made a cord which wraps once around the cover and hooks around the button at the front. Also to give the cover more of an "arty" type of look - I rubbed purple and gold Treasure Gold over the top, and also ironed on a bit of painted vliesofix. All in all, I'm really happy with the end result!!!

23 comments:

Sue B said...

Beautiful Diane! I really like the way you did that closure - very cool.

Shashi Nayagam said...

You should be happy with it. It is beautiful. Lovely colours and great idea for keeping the journal snug and secure.

Purple Missus said...

Its wonderful Dianne. What a good way of using up scraps of fabric too. You are like me - I never feel a project is 'finished' until it gets a bit of Treasure Gold on it. :)

kay susan said...

Saw this on Flickr Dianne and came over for a closer look! I'm going to try a version of that closure on a padfolio - I've been experimenting and this may well hit the spot!!

Carol said...

Fabulous Dianne, a girl after my own heart with the Treasure Gold :)
It has turned out really well

Dy said...

It looks absolutely lovely and well done with your problem solving by using the plaited strip to attach the journal, great idea!

Vicki W said...

Excellent journal cover - I especially like the closure and the way that you attached the cover.

Doreen G said...

Another job well done Dianne.It's a great way to use up the off cuts --we can't throw them away can we.

Waltraud said...

Your journal cover looks really good, love your ideas.

Annica said...

I was really impressed with this journal when I saw it on Flickr, now even more so. I love the way you attach the journal! Brilliant!

StegArt said...

Totally wonderful! Love the colors and textures that I see.

Jacquelines blog said...

Looks lovely Dianne!!! Great way to use some leftovers.

Carol said...

This is totaly gorgeous Di, and so you! love it.

Emmy said...

always a pleasure to visite your blog you always have new ideas
I just love this padfolio

Joanna van said...

This is really lovely Dianne. Love all the texture.

Joanna

Micki said...

You come up with the neatest stuff. Love your journal. What exactly is vliesofix, please?

MargaretR said...

Fantastic. Can you send one of your fairies over to help me with those great ideas please?

Papoosue said...

That is just fantastic Diane, I love the colours, and the way you fastened it is wonderful! Gorgeous.

Janet said...

How creative! And I love that you used such fun, happy colors.

Peggy said...

You can be very happy. A great work.
Really lovely.

SuZ said...

ooohhh, I love everything about this project...fab-u-lious !!!!

Nola said...

What a great journal cover! Thanks for sharing the process too. Clever of you to think up the attachment!

Momo said...

Really wonderful cover for this quite boring, what is the word in english?, College book?
I love to read your blog!