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A Love-Stitched Journal

In this tactile workshop, we will build our manual dexterity by lovingly stitching and sewing our entire project by hand—no sewing machine required! We'll begin by creating a cute little six-signature notebook (or substitute a store-bought one if you prefer), made from papers of your choice, perfect for recording intimate thoughts or powerful intentions. Then, we will make a cozy cover for our notebook using a variety of embroidery stitches.

Introduction

Notebook

  • Creating Signatures
  • Completing the Notebook

Felt Cover

  • Cutting the Felt Cover
  • Applying Reverse Appliqué 
  • Applying Beaded Blanket Stitch
  • Other Decorative Stitches
  • Adding the Button & Cord
  • Adding the Lining & Pockets
  • Applying the Final Blanket Stitch

Variations

Complete List of Materials Needed

  • Alcohol ink (optional, to dye silk cord)
  • Beading mat (optional)
  • Book awl
  • Book press or stack of books/weight
  • Button
  • Cord, silk (or ribbon, leather, etc.), approx 30”
  • Corner trimmer (optional)
  • Cutting mat
  • Embroidery floss, assorted colors
  • Fabric for lining, pockets and reverse applique (I love dupioni silk), approx 11” x 11” should cover it
  • Felt (approx 8.5” x 11”)
  • Index card
  • Iron
  • Ironing board/mat
  • Latex gloves (optional, to protect hands from ink)
  • Papers, assorted, trimmed to 4.5” x 6.5”, 24 pcs. (I like to use 4 or 5 different types—graph, lined, charcoal, sketch, etc.)
  • Pencil
  • PVA or similar flexible craft glue (Elmer’s will work)
  • Rotary cutter
  • Ruler (I prefer a quilting ruler)
  • Scissors 
  • Scrap of shrink plastic or similar
  • Seed beads, no. 11
  • Sewing needle
  • Small glass container to dye cord in
  • Straight pins
  • Tapestry or bookmaking needle
  • Watercolor paper or other heavier-weight stock for cover
  • Waxed linen or linen thread and cake of beeswax

Stitch the Love
You'll be glad you did!

Table of Contents

Introduction

Notebook

  • Creating Signatures
  • Completing the Notebook

Felt Cover

  • Cutting the Felt Cover
  • Applying Reverse Appliqué 
  • Applying Beaded Blanket Stitch
  • Other Decorative Stitches
  • Adding the Button & Cord
  • Adding the Lining
  • Adding the Pockets
  • Applying the Final Blanket Stitch

Variations

Lessons
Introduction
video
Notebook
video
Felt Cover
video
Variations
video
BONUS - Dyeing Fabric with Avocado Pits
video

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?

Forever! Once you've enrolled and paid, 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!

What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?

Well, I would be sad. But if you're really unhappy with the course, just email me within 10 days to get a full refund.

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

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at toniamjenny@gmail.com.

Do you know someone who would love this?
(Makes a great handmade gift.)