Welcome to my Mission Statement Blog Post. (Please restrain your whoops and cheers of excitement!)
Today I will be setting out my vision for what you can expect if you tune in to any of my future posts.
As I’ll be posting about everything to do with Stitchbooking I need some way to organise my thoughts, and trust me, I have a lot to say on this subject!
So I’ll be splitting my posts into smaller parts to form a 3-part series on a specific theme. This way it is easier for me to focus on a specific point and for you to be able to find the information you’re looking for. I’ll also be throwing in the odd random post too if something exciting comes up, or I have a particular story to tell you!
What is this blog all about?
My aim is to show you how to make everything you need to create beautiful fabric books. I will be sharing examples, tutorials and inspirational posts as well as linking you to amazing products and pre-made items to add to your projects.
I am going to divide the things I want to talk about into 4 categories:
- Planning – What to think about when planning a Stitchbook project, general tips about fabric and finding time to sew.
- Lettering – How to add text to your pages either as captions or journal features.
- Backgrounds – Techniques for fabric page backgrounds, from quilting and patchwork to fabric paint and weaving.
- Embellishments – Any additional elements added to the page to add detail, texture or journal feature.
These are the basic components of Stitchbooks (along with fabric photographs, but you can already get the tutorial for that here).
In some ways I will be writing this as if in a book. The posts when put together should form a comprehensive set of instructions to making a Stitchbook. However, they won’t follow on from each other and you won’t be able to follow the posts and create a specific project. Instead they should be used to build up a library of inspiration and ideas for you to use when planning or creating a Stitchbook project as well as to explain some of the principles behind the craft.
How to use the posts:
Throughout the blog I will discuss the techniques as if you are going to use them in a fabric memory book, but they can also be used to add to any of the projects in my tutorials area or in your own crafts. In fact, many of these techniques are borrowed from existing crafts such as scrapbooking, card making and embroidery. Depending on your craft experience you may be more interested in certain weeks than others. I will be trying to cater for all craft backgrounds and skill levels. To help you out with this I’ll be rating each technique Easy, Intermediate or Advanced so you can easily chose which ones will suit you.
I will also be referencing my Stitchbook Starter Kit (pictured below) which contains the construction materials for a fabric memory book onto which you can add these techniques.
The next few weeks will be as follows
26th June – Backgrounds: Foundation Pages
3rd July – Lettering: Stamped Lettering
I hope you decide to follow me on this adventure and fall in love with Stitchbooking as much as I have!