Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Being Creative June: Ocean

Over at her blog, Julia Crossland is running something called Being Creative, where each month there is a theme to follow to simply be creative, with no restrictions. This months theme is Ocean, and I decided to continue with my experimentations!

I used some money I received for my Birthday to buy myself a second hand sewing machine this year. It is very much second hand... I have no manual, and I seem to have a constant problem with the thread getting stuck behind the tension dial, arrrgh! But I can do short stretches in between problems, as long as I am selective with my fabric and cotton choices - anything too different and it jams...!

I want to create a fabric journal to get to know my sewing machine, and general textiles a bit better. I intend to create all the pages individually, and then I will assemble them into pages.

So, on the theme of Ocean, here is my very first page!!

I've included a little close up to help you see the gorgeous textures I've included. There are layers of cotton, linen, ribbon, netting, denim and a satin-y material. There's also a line of single crochet, and beading.
My original concept included sequins and sparkles, and stitching worked over the top. But I like this just for the simplicity of colours and textures.

I hope you can appreciate that too!


  1. I really like this. I hope I get to see other pages as they develop. What a great idea to make a fabric journal.

  2. Hello!
    This is such a lovely piece, I fell in love right away with the colours and different textures, it really reminds me of the sea and your idea for a fabric journal is just awesome!

    Love Julia x x x

  3. What a fantastic idea - a fabric journal....and the ocean page is a wonderful start. Love the colours, textures and just want to feel it!!
    Keep up the fab pages...looking forward to seeing them
    Ali x

  4. Thank you everyone for your kind comments :) I can't wait to continue creating the journal!
    I wish I could say it was my idea haha, but I've seen people work from this book: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fabric-Art-Journals-Making-Embellishing/dp/1592531962 and it inspired me to make one of my own!
    Helen x

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  6. Lovely fabrics and such a cute idea :-)

  7. BAUTIFUL and very creative!

    Just discovered, we have pretty much in common :)


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