There is one drawback to making new stuff - I'm reluctant to use it. I want to keep it pristine and then I tell myself don't be ridiculous, use it and enjoy it.
I didn't plan to coordinate the projects, I was simply enjoying the effect of the felt on the grey linen and varying the combination of threads and stitches.
This year's journal cover.
There was no sketching out the design it all took place on the fabric. The felt shapes were cut freehand. I don’t always get it right first time, some don’t even resemble flowers, but those that do but are not the right style and size, are popped in a box for future projects. I started stitching before I’d finished cutting, with one rule; once it was stitched it was staying even if I thought, later on, it may have been better positioned. This meant I had to get a little more creative with filling in spaces with extra flowers and a butterfly.
The dilly bag & needle keep.
I used a combination of DMC Stranded Thread, Aurifil Cotton Mako Ne 12 thread and Aurifil Wool Thread 12wt. The felt is a wool blend and lovely to work with.
The felt and linen is available from my online store. Just click on the links below.