Sunday, June 19, 2011

~ Fabric Art Journal ~

Last week I picked up these beautiful japanese quilting fabric bits from a millinery store. I actually didn't have anything special in mind...

I thought it might work for a pillow -- (what was I thinking? I've never made a pillow before, and I certainly don't need one). Later as I stared at it I thought of making a camera strap cover -- still considering that one (b/c I'm not sure I want to walk around with a pink strap for my black camera, it would be STRANGE).

Then I got a brainwave this afternoon, started digging in my terribly disorganized drawer, and found a notebook I could cover. It was SUPER!!! I was so excited.

First I wrapped the chipboard cover with the pink fabric and stitched all over it to secure the cloth.

Then I layered more fabrics and some tea-dipped trim on top, and stitched again (I am paranoid about the "things" fallling off the notebook).

........made a faux seed-packet using a pretty vintage image from Birds and Botanicals notepad and a little brown paper sack, and then stitched all over it again..... trimmed with a resin applique from Melissa Frances, and a little clock face.

The flowers are made from more tea-trims, and some of the cream fabric, messily bunched up and stitched ---- embellished with little crochet pieces, pearls, and baubles. The leaves are olive green cardstock, scrunched up, distressed and stitched.

there it is -- a simple, romantic fabric art journal. I'm not quite sure if I'll use it or give it away or what... I'm just going to keep it for looking at for a while ;)

I'm working on a few fun pages inside... will be sharing them next week sometime I think.

hope your weekend is going LOVELY!! mine sure is :)


  1. This is beautiful! You did good! :)

  2. Absolutely beautiful :) you are a clever lady :)

  3. You are SO Good with what u are doing, sweet Viola! and i see Crafty Secrets by your side bar - HUGE HUGE heartiest Congrats!! U are SO perfect for them =) Really happy for you !

  4. Now I know what to do with all my scraps left over from my quilting days. I thought about making fabric flowers, but to cover a journal is perfect!! You are too brilliant! I just love how you put everything together.

  5. WAUW!!I I-Love every bit of your notebook cover ! Those fabrics are gorgeous, just what i'd pick too, but i would sit and stare at them ,you have a tremendous way of combinating fabric and papercraft.I have saved some fabric too ,but stashed away somewhere.
    Love Rosa

  6. Oh, Vio! This truly is beautiful! The fabrics are gorgeous! Melissa Phillips and a couple of other girls are making quilt blocks this summer using various trims, trinkets and other treasures (check her blog). No rules--just what you love. I'm thinking of giving it a try myself.

  7. beautiful,love it

  8. what a clever idea! I just might try it! Your notebook, is simply devine!

  9. Those are the kind of fabrics I'm drawn to for quilting - there's a US fabric designer named Robin Pandolph whose fabrics are quite similar. LOVE what you did with these lovely fabrics, Viola! Now you have a beautiful keepsake.

  10. Wonderful covering! Beautiful fabrics and lovely trim. I really like your seed packet. :)

  11. Your notebook is stunning!! You are so
    talented in everything you make. Thanks
    for sharing and I will look forward to
    seeing your pages!

  12. Love this. Thanks for sharing. You've given me some motivation to try fabric.

  13. Oh so pretty! I love this idea. Your layering is adorable ;)

  14. Viola! It's so pretty! (((: Thanks for sharing and thanks so much for leaving a comment on my blog (:

  15. wow this is amazing!! Hugs Juls

  16. I gotta say, this is pretty much the prettiest thing I've seen! :) Awesome job!


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