Journal with Thread: A Practical Guide to Sewing Stories in Fabric & Thread with Iron on Transfers (Hardcover)

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Discover the art of slow stitch fabric journaling with this practical guide to creating a fabric journal from textile artist, Jessie Chorley.

Learn how to stitch your own stories in fabric and thread to create a hand-stitched journal. Jessie encourages readers to collect special pieces of fabric, threads and other 'treasure' and explains how to combine these precious items with techniques including simple patchwork, hand embroidery and applique, to create a unique, hand-stitched book to treasure forever.

There are step-by-step instructions for how to make the fabric journal measuring 20cm x 20cm (7.8in x 7.8in). Jessie explains how to create your own seasonal story throughout the book so you can chart your year and mark any memorable occasions or events that you want to include, making it a wonderful memory book for a loved one or a family heirloom to be passed from generation to generation.

The central theme of the project is the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, and there are four seasonal hand drawn motifs on iron-on transfer paper that can be used as the basis of the designs. The four seasonal motifs are accompanied by four further motifs which are intended for the inside and outside covers.

Jessie then explains how to fill in and embellish these designs using a variety of her favourite stitches, threads, special notions, treasures, and keepsakes. As well as sewing techniques including scattered applique as a form of drawing and simple patchwork.

In addition to the full-page templates there is a large selection of smaller motifs for readers to use throughout their books. These include Jessie's signature alphabet and number motifs which can be used to mark people, places, and dates.

Journal With Thread is suitable for all skill-levels - if you are a beginner you can follow the instructions very closely to make a beautiful book, however, if you an experienced maker, you can use it is as an inspirational guide to creating your own fabric journal, packed with Jessie's beautiful artwork templates.

This guide is about having fun with mark making with needle and thread and creating your own unique fabric journal.

About the Author

Jessie Chorley is a London-based textile artist. Traditional hand embroidery, patchwork techniques and printmaking are at the heart of Jessie's practice as an artist-maker. Needle and thread are her drawing tools, she uses them to create scenes and stories, combining stitched images and words, largely on preloved fabric. Collecting is something that goes hand-in-hand with Jessie's making process. Born in Kent in 1980, she spent her childhood in North Wales. The traditional technical skills and hands-on approach that she celebrates in her work today, were passed down to her from her own family of makers. Jessie runs her business from her private South London studio. She regularly delivers masterclasses from there, as well as at venues worldwide.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781446313060
ISBN-10: 1446313069
Publisher: David & Charles
Publication Date: September 24th, 2024
Pages: 128
Language: English