Thursday, August 10, 2017

Stitch*Bookery - the first book

I had some birthday money left over from June so when the latest class from Mary Ann Moss became available and I realised the timing couldn't be better (it's during our second hiatus month from Book of Days) I signed up. 
A sweet friend had a birthday today so she's being gifted my first attempt. First to gather - I decided to mainly limit myself to black & white and her favourite colour bright blue. Doesn't look like I limited myself much!!
I decided to use wallpaper as the base (as a test of a cheaper option than the recommended watercolour paper) and it worked for me.
It's fun to use straight stitch or zigzag to attach paper to paper (sheet music below not stitched down so is a pocket for those tickets)
You can use fancy stitches if your machine has them (click on any photo to see it larger)
Free motion stitching also works
Add pockets for treasure
I had to include some of my favourite things : pretty paper serviettes 
and found words
It's really fun to see the different views of pages alongside each other depending on how you fold it out
I'm hoping she'll add a few little bits herself to some the pages - even if just some birthday photos in some pockets. 
I attached sari ribbon ties to the back for its closure...
It measures 5" x 7 1/2" (13 x 19 cm) so just fits in my hand. 
I LOVED making this and I'm sure there'll be more...and that's just from Lesson One (4 weeks of lessons all up). Unfortunately enrolment's closed for this round, but she's running another session with registrations from late October if you like what I post about this class


  1. You did a masterful job on your book! The wallpaper was a good idea, and I love the sari ribbon for ties. That's an impressive pile of papers you had out on the work table. I'm taking Mary Ann's class, too, and have Week 1 book underway. It does take some time, but maybe I'm being too deliberate. I'll post photos on my blog, too, once I complete the book. Come by and visit if you get a chance. I'm off to see your other posts.

  2. It looks lovely, Lynette, and sounds like the perfect project for you with all that stitching involved. Glad it worked with the wallpaper - I agree it would have been a waste to use expensive watercolour paper when you only cover it up. I'm sure your friend loves it too!

  3. Nancy - I am loving Stitch*Bookery - I'm sure this will only be the first of many. Looking forward to seeing what you create.

  4. Thanks Zuszsa - she DID love it and I can't wait to make my next one. As you say - it's the perfect project for me & I don't need to buy anything!
    Happy weekend xo

  5. Really beautiful. I love the way you added the pocket to one of the pages, very clever!

  6. Thanks Rachel - loving the pockets too - more of these in future projects I think :-)

  7. I'm so glad you tried the wall paper option. I was just wondering the same thing yesterday but won't be able to try it for awhile because all of my stuff is in storage. Your work is beautiful! TFS! Emie

  8. Thanks Emie ♥ Hope your stuff comes out of storage so you can happily create soon.


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