I found this tapestry kit in my local op shop for $3.99, and figured I’d give it a go!
Surprisingly quickly I had it completed.
Next was making it into a cushion. I wasn’t sure exactly how to do this given the stiff backing it was made from, but Google is always my friend. The key tip I gleaned was to tack the fabric to the backing before running it through the sewing machine. It worked like a treat.
I used a piece of cream wool felting my mum gave me at Christmas to make a back for this cushion. I simply hemmed two pieces to recreate the “envelope” method I usually use for cushions, then sewed it to the tapestry. Trimmed the edges, turned it back inside out and stuck a cushion insert into it.
OMG I love it!
I’m really proud of this, it’s my first tapestry, and it worked really well! I will keep an eye out for kits in the future (I’ve since discovered they are really fricking expensive to buy new).
A quick January bed post, with my favourite vintage floral pillow cases and my grandmother’s patchwork bedspread.
With assistance from the handsome Frodo.
Six years ago I participated in The Sketchbook Project by the Brooklyn Art Library for the first time. I enjoyed it, but at the time I wasn’t a regular Sketchbook user, and I actually found it difficult to fill that little book.
Since then, I have become an aficionado of the Sketchbook (see my post from last year about Sketchbooks and Journals) and last year I discovered that the Brooklyn Art Library had produced an inspiring and fascinating book about the project :
I absolutely ADORE seeing the Sketchbooks of other artists, it’s fascinating to see others process and I get inspired by different techniques and ideas.
In fact I have quite a collection of books about artists Sketchbooks and follow a variety of blogs on the subject.
So I figured I should once again participate in the project, to give a little back and hopefully inspire someone in the process!
The books have got a lot smaller and a lot more expensive (our exchange rate and postage costs mean this has cost me nearly $100, and I haven’t even posted it back yet!).
I thought I would share with you all the pages of my TSP Sketchbook before I parcel it up and send it to New York….
If you’ve made it this far, then you obviously like see Sketchbooks as much as me! Thanks for joining me in my travels through this book.