As you know I love to sew and craft but as I get older I find it difficult to motivate sometimes as really I am only doing these things to amuse myself.
Often I think, why am I bothering it will all go in a skip when I pop my clogs.
Then I had an idea.
Why not incorporate all of the things I love doing in a fabric journal. It can contain all of my work and I know that my daughter Penny will keep it and pass it on to Grandson Tom who will also appreciate it.
And so, here I am all excited about making this journal.
Last year I bought this very large piece of thick linen at the car boot, this will be ideal for the pages.
I decided on the size of 9" x 9" for the pages leaving a 1/2" edge all around the sides and 2" for the spine edge
On what will be the second page I have sewn a block I made ages ago that has just been in a drawer and the first page is going to be for a lace collar that I knitted in 1975 that has also just been in a drawer.
This was made with very fine cotton just a little thicker than sewing cotton and I clearly remember knitting this on long silver metal knitting needles.
Where on earth did I get the patience to do this at the same time as bringing up 3 children?
And so the next page has a pocket to hold this lace collar
And here you can see the start of this page.
Can you tell I'm really enjoying this.
Wow, that is a beautiful lovely ideaReplyDelete
Im stalled on the crafting front at the moment , ive a quilt to finish by xmas just sat staring at me , lacking motivation im afraid , plus its harvest and im trying to get the shop up and running properly on ebay ...if only there were more hours in the dayReplyDelete
Crafting does need creative juices that don't flow all the time. It looks like you've just found yours again.ReplyDelete
What a cool idea! I believe that it was the other way around - knitting that collar gave you the patience to raise 3 children. I used to knit sweaters and mittens to keep my hands on the yarn instead of them.ReplyDelete
What a wonderful idea and oh my goodness, your work is beautiful. I love that block you've sewn.ReplyDelete
What a wonderful legacy! A book full of beauty. It will be gorgeous, and a true family hand me down.ReplyDelete
What a great idea.I used to make lace with bobbins when I was working full time and raising two children.How did we do it?ReplyDelete
It's almost like the little handwork samplers girls made at school - but on a much larger and grander scale.ReplyDelete
Don't put yourself down Briony - these and any other of your creations you place in your journal are meant to be kept and looked at - keeping your memory alive.
What a fantastic idea, you're making a family heirloom xxReplyDelete
What a great idea!! Your work is so beautiful and the book will be treasured forever, a brilliant idea of a pocket to put items like your lace collar in the book.ReplyDelete
This is a wonderful idea and will be treasured by your family. Being creative is definitely at the whims of motivation and that important flash of inspiration. It looks like you've found yours again!ReplyDelete
What a wonderful idea this is. You're off to a great start with it too. That block is so pretty. This will become a great family heirloom.ReplyDelete
What a great idea! You are so creative. I'm amazed at the detail in your work. You must be very patient!ReplyDelete
What a great idea! I know something like that will be treasured for years and years to come. Great job.ReplyDelete
Looking good, great idea.ReplyDelete
Like you, I'm realizing that many of my 'projects' are for my own interest, although I suppose someone might snatch up my quilts, large and small. The items you craft are truly artistic and one of a kind.ReplyDelete
That block is so pretty. This will become a great family heirloom.ReplyDelete
Beautiful. You are very talented.ReplyDelete
Thank for your very good article! i always enjoy & read the post you are sharing!ReplyDelete