Monday, January 10, 2011

Felted-Sweater Journal

The weather we're having here in southern Tennessee has given me some much needed time to catch up on a few projects.  This felted-sweater journal was presented at art club recently by Alice Arterburn.  (Credit: Re-Bound: Creating Handmade Books from Recycled and Repurposed Materials)  Alice prepared felt for the books by felting wool sweaters purchased from Goodwill.  The material turned out smooth and flat - perfect for this book.

Embellishments for decorating the journal were cut from wool felt using a die cutter.  While preparing our kits, Alice found that synthetic felt doesn't cut well using dies.  The higher the wool content, the better the felt works in a die cutting machine.  I used this Sizzix die and it cut like butter using my Wizard.  Smaller dies didn't do as well and I ended up using scissors to trim them. 

Edges of the wool were blanket-stitched and the binding is long-stitched. 

Text weight signatures were stitched into the book.  For my book I used sandstone writing paper.  The lining is cut from a fat quarter and is attached using fusible web. 

This is another view that shows the inside.  I used a sprinkling of seed beads as well as the die cuts for adornment. 

This is a view from my art room window this morning.  We'll have another day inside tomorrow so I'm hoping to get some more art time before the snow goes away.   Stay warm!  Later...


*jean* said...

what a super cute project! gee it looks like MN out your window!!

kathy mc said...

Very cool project Dianne. Isn't the snow beautiful.

jan said...

Fabulous book ... love it!