Create an acoustic stitch book

Come on in - it's free!

This course is my gift to you. I created it on a whim because I liked the idea, and I thought you might like it too!

While it may be shorter than my usual courses, and doesn't feature any sewing machine action, I hope it gives you a taste of how I teach online, the workings of the CourseCraft platform, as well as an introduction to me and my style.

I'd love to get to know you and see what you create, so come on in!

  • I've done your Swirls course, which I loved - so had high expectations, which were met :-)

    — Jo
  • Fun to watch you collage. I kept thinking it was done but everything you added worked

    — Sandy
  • Great explanations and examples of every step

    — Kathy

What is an acoustic stitch book?

It's a book that you can stitch into!

And it’s 'acoustic' because it’s unplugged - no sewing machine for the embroidery, only for the construction.

The pages are made from a sandwich of fabrics agand soft wadding, felt or flannel, and you can add more scraps of fabric as and when you wish. What and how you stitch into it is up to you!

I'll show you how to decorate the cover (optional), create the pages, and how to use temporary binding rings, so you can add or remove pages to make it easier to use.

Finally, I'll show you how to replace or add a new spiral binding when your book is complete.

My book is a work-in-progress!

This isn’t an embroidery course

This is a "how to make a spiral bound book with fabric pages" course. 

If I made you wait until my book was finished to share this with you, you’d be waiting a very long time!

I do give a few pointers on how to use the book, and how to construct the pages to give yourself some options later on, together with a few ideas of where to look for inspiration, but…

I’m using the book for my own personal exploration of stitch. At the moment that is very basic hand embroidery, done in odd moments, with no plan other to get my brain to switch off and do something different to what I normally do. Hence “acoustic”.

  • This was an excellent course. The step by step instructions and videos were really clear and consequently I was able to produce a piece of work that I'm really pleased with. Your support was always there if needed. Well done; there has been a lot of thought, hard work and effort gone into creating the lesson content. I would thoroughly recommend it.

    — Pippa
  • Thank you again Isobel. I enjoyed the workshop immensely, and your videos and course material were top notch (CourseCraft provides an excellent interface) 🙂🙂

    — Crystal
  • Izzy, I cannot thank you enough for this class. I have absolutely loved it. It was affordable, so very well set out with the videos and lessons etc - probably the best online course I have done! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and talent.

    — Terri

Table of Contents

Materials list
Community and support
A little bit of background
Making your stitch book
Deconstructing a sketchbook
Collage the covers
Paint and seal the covers
Finishing the covers
Making spines for the pages
Making fabric pages
Stitching pages to spines
Adding temporary binding rings
Adding the spiral binding
Different spiral bindings
Filling your stitch book

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?

Forever*! Once you've enrolled, you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need. So devour it all in one weekend or take things slow. It's your choice!

*as long as I'm here doing my thing on CourseCraft.

How do I view the lessons?

Right here, in CourseCraft! When you sign up, you'll create a log-in (you'll already have one if you've taken a course with me or anyone else on CourseCraft before). You'll then be able to access all the lessons and videos immediately on enrolment.

What will I need?

Short answer: you'll need a small sketchbook with a spiral binding, a hole punch, some soft flannel or felt, fabric scraps, embroidery threads and needles, a sewing machine, some bulldog or quilting clips, thin card, scalpel, ruler, cutting mat, pencil, bradawl or large needle - a knitting needle is ideal.

Longer answer: you may also want some collage papers, acrylic matt medium and paint, a brush, and - only if you have it already - a spiral binding gadget and new spiral wires, wire cutter.

There's a full list of requirements in the course, but I encourage you to use what you already have if possible.

What's an acoustic stitch book again?

It's a book of fabric pages that you stitch into by hand - i.e. without using a sewing machine. We'll use a sewing machine to create the pages, but then the pages are decorated with hand embroidery.

That said, there's nothing to stop you adding machine embroidery, although it may be tricky to do straight onto the the pages as they'll be quite soft. It might be easier to do the machine embroidery first, using an appropriate stabiliser or hoop, and then construct the pages for binding into the book after you've completed them - the opposite way to using the book for hand embroidery, where we make the pages before the embroidery!

It's your book - I'm not going to tell you off if you do things differently! In fact, I love it when people take things in their own direction.

Will you give ideas for what to put in the acoustic stitch book?

Not really, no! I'll share some pics of what I've done so far, but my book is by no means complete: it's definitely a work-in-progress! It's completely up to you how you use the book, including what fabrics you use, and what stitch you do on each page (see above, too). This course is just to show you how to create the book.

Is there a Facebook group or discussion group for this course?

Not this time, but you can use the comments section in every lesson for feedback from me and to share your work with other participants.

You can also tag me on Instagram so I can see and share what you create in my stories. You can also find me at @izzymooreart on Facebook - I'd love to see what you do!

Are there any handouts or downloads?

No. You can take your own notes, but it's a really simple little project - the best way to remember is to make your own book!

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Click on my name (at the very top and the very bottom of this page) to send me an email, or to send me a message via Instagram or Facebook.