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Bespoke embroidered and hand-bound memories journal

A handmade book to celebrate the marriage of two very close friends. 

The embroidery design is on linen, with herringbone edging and ribbon detail. I used a combination of coptic and French link stitch to bind plain signatures, giving the recipients loads of space for documenting a lifetime of memories together!

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Hand-Embroidered 'Receiving' Blanket

 

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I found some lovely fabric featuring these elephants last year, so decided this should be the basis for Lucy’s blanket. At the point I was making it, we didn’t know if she was a girl or boy, so they were the perfect design for both. 

I couldn’t find the exact colour I was after for the main fabric, so hand-dyed natural calico light green and then sketched the design directly on to it using a friction pen.

 

Each elephant was appliquéd on and the rest of the design embroidered freehand.

I then finished the whole piece using the classic blanket stitch.

 

The last few months have been very busy, for obvious Christmas and work reasons, but also as there have been lots of new little bundles of joy arriving in December!

This quilt project has been one of my proudest moments. I collected together 12 close friends to each make a square using various applique techniques, many of which has never even held a needle before! 

We had little workshops so I could teach sewing techniques and help with general guidance so everyone could realise their ideas. I then patched them together and finished off the quilt.

Each square represents the person that made it, in order to be a reminder of who they are and their close relationship with Mum Sam, Dad Tom and little Josie herself.