Fabric Collage (Work in Progress)

Hello lovely people! Here I am with another recycling project! Fabric collage!

As you know, I collect all kinds of materials and junk which I then like to transform into something beautiful and useful. And here is what I’m doing right now – making journal covers from small pieces of fabric (leftovers) and, well, junk. :)

I used some plastic, kind of foamy, packaging material as a middle layer of the journal cover.

Plastic

I’m sorry for the next photo, it’s bad because there was no sun when I took it, but you’ll get the idea of what I was doing. I started stitching fabric scraps onto the plastic, adding fabric pieces randomly and without too much thinking about it.

Sewing onto plastic

Continue adding fabric pieces until you cover the plastic and you will end up with something like this:

Fabric collage

As you can see, after I stitched all the pieces onto the plastic, I then zigzagged the edges so they don’t fray. It also adds details to the whole piece. I like that. Fun! :)

Fabric collage

Then it’s time to add the backing, and you can use, again, what ever material you like – paper, fabric, plastic…I used more of my leftover pieces of fabric.

The back

I left it like this and continued working on another collage piece, and then another and another, and I can’t show them all to you now, but I promise I will soon. Here is one more:

Fabric collage

I can’t wait to start hand stitching and decorating this journal cover.

And here is a peek into two small covers, already taking shape and starting to look beautiful. :)

Journal covers

This is a wonderful way to tidy up the studio, use all those fabric leftovers and junk, and make something lovely! This doesn’t have to be turned into a journal cover. It could be sewn into a fun clutch or a bag, maybe a set of coasters or oven mitts, or even a doormat! There are so many more possibilities!

Have a great weekend! :)

A Lovely Weekend and a Journal

Sunny Autumn days. Perfect for riding a bike! :)

Me and my bike

And going to less urban areas.

River

Meda

Meda

Shells

Texture

But also great for making journals!

Handwoven fabric, lace, cotton, beads etc. Mixed papers inside. Hand and machine stitched, my big fat white journal, perfect for writing quotes and other inspiring things from the books I read.  :) My current “book stuff” journal is almost full, so this new one will be just perfect for that. Do you write down interesting stuff from the books you read? When I was about nine or ten, my mother suggested I should do that and I have been doing it ever since. I wish I also wrote down a title of every book that I’ve read, but I didn’t. :(

Anyway, here are the photos:

White Journal

White Journal

White Journal

White Journal

White Journal

Have a great day! :)

A Shawl, a Journal and a New Bike

This shawl was made using all kinds of different fibers, and with some pattern manipulation.

Shawl

It didn’t turn out exactly as I wanted it to, but I like it anyway.

Shawl

I wanted the “skipped” parts of the pattern to be more visible. I guess I should’ve done those in a contrasting color. Oh well, maybe next time.

Shawl

Shawl

More pages from my Art Journal:

Art Journal

Art Journal

Art Journal

Art Journal

Art Journal

We’ve had a nice weather over the weekend so it was a perfect opportunity for me to ride my new bike! :)

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After a long ride one must rehydrate. :)

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I also like the woven table. :)

Have a great day everyone!

Playing in my Journals

I looove my journals! I know, I have too many already, but I can’t stop making them! I made a small one out of a brochure (something my husband brought from his trip to Denmark last year – yes, I keep all kinds of junk) and it’s so cute! Small and cute!

Art Journal

It’s a little bit bigger than my hand, as you can see in the next photo.

Art Journal

I love playing in it. :)

Art Journal

Art Journal

Art Journal

Art Journal

Art Journal

Sometimes I feel like working in a bigger journal, sometimes I like working in a small one. That’s why I have to have so many of them. :)

Art Journal

My birthday was on September the 18th, so this spread was inspired by that.

Art Journal

And I also finished working in this old journal!

Art Journal

I made it a long time ago, and it might be my first handmade journal (if I remember correctly). My dear “handmade paper/ textured / first time coptic binding / beginners” journal.

Art Journal

Art Journal

Art Journal

Art Journal

There it is, on the left, with a beaded spine. Now happily living on a shelf with my other Art and Travel journals. :)

My Journals

The finished ones, that is. :)

Scarves

I’ve been knitting!

I am not a great knitter, I can knit only simple shapes such as scarves and other things with straight edges :) and maybe an ugly sock or two. But I do plan to learn more and be able to knit a sweater (maybe one day).

As I was organizing my studio I found a lot of yarn that just wasn’t “speaking” to me anymore. Not for my weaving, that is. But then I thought  I could knit something with it. So I took three strands of yarn, and made this chunky long scarf:

scarf

scarf

It’s wide and soft and just perfect for cold weather.

The other one was made for the gentleman in the photo (you can’t see his face because he wanted it that way), my husband. :)

scarf

He wanted it striped so that’s what I did, but I added the pattern just for fun. Actually, it’s only a simple change of stitches every two or three (or twenty) rows. But it looks good, and hubby loves it. So I am happy.

scarf

scarf

The third one is a handwoven scarf.

scarf

But it actually started as a set of table runners! I took a fine greyish cotton I almost forgot I had, added a bit of lime green cotton, and wove my table runners. Then I washed the fabric (and prepared to cut and sew it), but it shrunk! And not only that, it softened too! So magically, a scarf was born! :)

scarf

Well, why not?

scarf

Looks great to me.

I’m Back!

Hello lovely people! The vacation is over and I’ home again.

We had a great time in Greece, as always. Our rented tent was fantastic, the view was fantastic, and the weather was fantastic! :) Can you tell I’m happy with the vacation? :)

Here is the view from our place:

The view

There weren’t a lot of people left in the camping, which was great! Peace and quiet. That’s what I like.

And here is our tent. It looks small in the photo but it was actually much bigger than we expected. 

The tent

(That was pretty much all I did for over two weeks – reading books or sleeping)

Camping has a wonderful small private beach:

The beach

Meda had a lot of fun swimming (and rolling in the dirt). :)

Meda

Hubby took all the photos this time, I was to lazy to do anything. :)

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Stick bug

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Thank you for visiting! Have a great day! :)

Before I Go

I don’t know how to travel light. I always carry a million things with me, “just in case I need them”. And I’m not talking about clothes or shoes. I’m talking about my favorite coffee mug, my favorite coffee :)  (we are not hotel people, we are camping people), all kinds of lotions and medicine, books and more books, journals and pens, etc.

This year we decided it would be easier for us to rent a tent in Greece instead of going with a caravan or our tent. Long story. But I hope it will be a good vacation. And I also hope the weather will be good as this whole summer was pretty messed up – we had rain almost every day. We’ll see.

Anyway, I wanted to show you some of my latest works. The ones I managed to photograph. :)

I made a journal with fabric cover made from scraps.

Journal

I like how it looks and how it feels in my hands. :) All those fabric pieces that I’ve stitched together, each having it’s own story and now making a cover for a journal that will hold another story. Wonderful.  And it is quite big – 25×20 cm.

Journal

Here is the back:

Journal

I wanted something different this time, so I made a velcro closure. It’s something that I’ll definitely do again.

Journal

Mixed papers inside, of course, because it’s more interesting that way. :)

Journal

I usually get inspired by the upcoming trip and make a travel journal that represents that destination in some way (even if I’m the only one who can see that, lol!) but this time I didn’t think of Greece, the sea and the sun while I was making it.

Journal

But all these fabric pieces with wavy stitching do remind me of waves, and the colors are those of the Sun and the sand. Not to mention the heart on the cover. It definitely represents my love for Greece. :) So, I guess this journal had it’s own ideas that lead me while I was making it. I do like to think that way.

Another thing I wanted to show you is a woven project, my waffle weave towels. Now, those are some serious ‘seaside’ colors LOL, but they are not going to Greece with me!

Handwoven towels

I’m still not sure if I’m going to keep them or give them as a gift. I must say they would look beautiful in my bathroom. :)

Handwoven towels

Have a great day everyone!