I bought a book at Eridge covered in vintage liberty fabric and for years I have covered journals in vintage blanket with hand embroidery and embelished myself, as I said I did it for a magazine in America called Somerset Life this was about 4 years ago now I believe. But then I thought about using already embroidered linens.
Originally I was going to put the daisy embroidery on a blank journal but I had this little garden poetry book and it needed restoration and being a daisy I thought it fitting for such a beautiful old book.
I then got the bug and covered two of the art journals with high grade paper inside (it will take water colour paint too) and I did use that beautiful tray cloth with the birds. I weighed it up in my mind. If I had kept it for a tray cloth, more than likely it would have got tea or coffee stains on it and this way it covers a book and stays in better condition basically. It was a tight fit but I managed it. I am in love with this one so much. As there was a bird in two corners of the tray cloth I have one on the front at the bottom right and one on the back on the top left .... so pleased.
Then having another one of these art journals to cover I used another tray cloth with an oval embroidered flower pattern and that looks amazing as the oval is back and front of it and across the spine at the top and bottom..... I now want to do more and more. I will have journals and workbooks coming out of my ears!
This is the front of the journal with the bird tray cloth ...
I love this one but love the one above equally too, which to be honest when I started out I thought the bird one would be the favourite but they are both really pretty.
looking down I am so pleased how it turned out.
I have enjoyed this project so much and it is time consuming to do it properly, being they had to be taught and neat with mitered corners even though there would be a page covering it to keep it all neat ... If something is worth doing and all that!
So the obsession goes on and now I am busy getting ready to do some more. I bought two large tins of spray mount so that's ok but it is £14.50 a tin, all the costs do add up, it is a shame because I people have already asked if they can buy them.
Take care and hope you have a great short week. Whatever you are doing today have a good one and as always Happy Stitching!