More Notebook Covers

I finished up a couple of more notebook covers this week. I used another piece of my soy wax batik fabric which was big enough to make two covers. I quilted the fabric and then stitched the cover together with more of the “hand written” fabric for the inside.


Here’s one of the covers.


And this is the second one. I decided to use just white thread and not add another color.


I finally got these to fit almost exactly. The trick for me was adding 3/8″ seam allowance and stitching a 1/4″ seam.


So three down and two to go. The one that was too big and the one that was to small, don’t count 🙂


And here they are all together. I hope that they sell well because they are pretty simple to put together and I have a lot more fabric to use up. If you want to hear about our break down screen printing session, check out my post over at The Felting and Fiber Studio tomorrow.

Readying Screens Again and a Finished Book Cover

My local group is planning another session of screen printing. We had such a good time and successful day last time that we decided to repeat the process.

Making Print Paste

So I mixed up some print paste. You can buy it ready to go without having to mix any extra chemicals. You just add water and whir it up in the blender. I use this blender just in the studio.

Print Paste Mix

This is the print paste I used. I only needed a little over a 1/4 cup for 2 cups of paste. We made tons of prints last time with 2 cups of paste. We can always make more if we need it.

Dye Added

Then I added dye powder to a very small amount of print paste. This is the black one and I also mixed a green. We’ll add more colors later when we screen through the readied screens.

Screen with Texture Plates

If you enlarge the photo above, you’ll be able to see that there is texture on the screen. I put commercial texture plates under there. Then I screened the black thickened dye over the screen and let it dry.

Screen with Various Textures

You can see the texture on this one better. It has a variety of stuff under there.

Screen with Mix of Colors

I did a mix of green and black on this one and it has a textured paper underneath.

Screen Over Bubble Wrap

This one has bubble wrap underneath. Next week, we’ll use these dried screens and use either clear print paste or dyed paste and screen on to fabric. The dried dye breaks down and makes really interesting patterns as the screen “breaks down”. The look you get is very organic and I don’t know another way to get the patterns that you do with breakdown screen printing.

Complete Free Motion Quilting

If you read my post this morning over on the Felting and Fiber Studio,  you’ll recognize this book cover. This is one of my screen printed fabrics. I finished the free motion quilting.

Back Side Marked

You can see the stitching a little better from the back side. I marked the book size and added 1/2″ around the edge. I have problems with my last set of book covers as they didn’t fit correctly.

Inside Fabric

Then I put on the inside cover parts and stitched it all together, turned it right side out and voila!

Front Cover

It worked – it is slightly big but fits the notebooks I bought.

Back CoverHere’s the back side. It could go either way but the inside cover has writing so I put it right side up this time 🙂

It Fits!

Here’s the inside view.

Note Book Cover

I’m happy it worked this time! Four more to go and then I’ll take them to the store and see if anyone wants to buy one. Hope you have a nice weekend!



Ice Flowers Finished

I received my order of stretcher bars this week and framed my ice flowers piece. I am deciding if it should be called Ice Flowers, Ice Flower Riot or Ice Flower Stampede. What do you think? MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

I had never put stretcher bars together before but it was pretty simple. I ordered extra support bars since the piece is so long and narrow. The supports help keep it square.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAOnce I got the stretcher bars together, I put them on the back of the piece and began stapling from the centers outward.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThe corners were a bit tricky but I finally got them folded nicely.



Here it is. This is a terrible photo but we’re having a blizzard here so I couldn’t take it outside. I’ll have to get some better photos later. I decided against the leaf sprigs. I also had a suggestion to add a more prominent flower as a center of interest. I did try a few but didn’t like them so I just left it as it is.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAI have shown this piece before but I really didn’t like the leaves. I had previously made really long leaves that looked like tulip leaves. So I tore them off and cut them up and now I think it looks more like rose leaves. I just need to glue them down now.

Star Wars CircleI have still been working in my circles sketchbook. This is one of the pages that I have done with markers. The background was a breakdown screen print from our mammoth screen printing session. Hope you have a good weekend and thanks for stopping by!





Leaf Sprigs or Not?

I stitched the ice dyed flower piece to the background, got all the flowers stitched down and now I have to decide if I want to add the leaf sprigs or not.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAHere is the entire piece with the added leaf sprigs and an extra cheesecloth flower on the left edge.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAHere it is without the leaf sprigs (I left the flower).

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s a closer view with the extra leaves.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAAnd without. What do you think? Should I use the leaf sprigs or not? I can’t decide.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAI did add a little bit of stitching out into the border of additional leaves.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERASo there are leaves going over the border of the red into the green. So do you think I need to add the leaves? What’s your vote? Do you have any good ideas for a name for the piece? I keep calling it ice flowers but not sure that’s really a good name.






More Three-Dimensional Flowers

I put together more three-dimensional flowers for my ice dyed flower piece. I used several different colors of cheese cloth replacing some of the darker cheese cloth flowers.

Variety of Cheese Cloth Flowers AddedI think this helps as the darker flowers don’t take over as much.

Addition of Organza FlowersI also started working on some organza flowers. These are burned around the edges but not stitched together yet. You can see one on the bottom left and towards the top right in this photo.

More Organza FlowersI made a couple of really light pink organza flowers too but I couldn’t get them to photograph well. You can see them if you click on the photo to enlarge and look carefully. I like the addition of the organza flowers. What do you think? The next step is to sew the organza flowers together. I’m trying to decide if they need beaded centers. If I do add beads it won’t be anything elaborate, just a few beads. Then I plan on making some three-dimensional leaves too. I haven’t decided what material to use yet but I am considering painting some green organza so they would be very light weight and not feel too heavy.