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Beside the Seaside

Today I want to share with you my latest Mini Stitchbook made with my Stitchbook Starter Kit and Seaside Theme Packs. I put the above video on Facebook last week and here I have also included a gallery of still images of the pages.

A Personal Stitchbook

The  sea is a something that is part of my everyday life.

I live in Portsmouth, UK, which is a city right on the seafront. My house is one street from Southsea common, which is all that stands between me and the water, my studio backs right out onto the beach, and I work part time at a historic dockyard which is filled with historic naval ships. If I walk to my parents house I pass fishing boats and a fishmarket and if I go for a walk in the evening it will be past piers and beach huts.

However I haven’t always had this. In fact, up until I moved here a couple of years ago, I had spent most of my life in the Midlands, living as far away from the sea as it is possible to get in the UK. Beaches were strictly for holidays and seeing the ocean was an exciting novelty. Because of this I still feel like I am on holiday here, even after 2 1/2 years.


The photos  in the book are from throughout my life – childhood holidays in Jersey, roadtrips along the Maine coastline up to Canada (when I was working at a summer camp in the US) and trips to visits friends. Each page or double page features a specific thing I love about the seaside illustrated using a relevant photo. The pages have been decorated with simple shapes and patterns to complent the focus of the page.

I have used a mixture of fabrics, from my newly released theme packs, as well as treasured scraps from past projects and old clothes, and added them all to the structure of the Starter Kit foundations.

I hope it inspires you to have a go at making your own book on a them close to your heart!

What theme would you choose?



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