Friday, April 4, 2008

Fabric Journal

Fabric Journal, (9" x 7")
Fannie Narte

This is my first journal from Sue's class. While working on this, variations and ideas for my next journal were dancing in my head. Sue's instructions are easy to follow. There's a lot of eye candy in the group's photo section. Registration for this class ends tonight.

HOW I EMBELLISHED THIS JOURNAL

I crocheted a strip of eyelash yarn and sewed it onto the inside of the flap. The closure button is made from a piece of green jade, and a black and gold rose button. The flap is secured to the closure button with a cord made by zigzagging over a piece of eyelash yarn and two lengths of gold embroidery floss. I used variegated blue thread in the top of the sewing machine (the same thread I used around the edges of the journal), and gold thread in the bobbin when making the cording.


This is what the inside looks like. I machine embroidered my initial on the inside pocket. The filler pages are made from 8.5" x 11" brown acid-free paper and candy-speckled white cardstock. I cut the cardstock with the same wavy design as the flap of the journal. I will probably add clear pockets to some of the cardstock pages, and maybe add a bookmark or two.

SUE BLEIWEISS CLASSES

Sue has other classes. Visit her blog for more information.


GIVEAWAY!

Yesterday I mentioned having a giveaway on my blog. Well, I've decided to give away journals. The giveaway will take place within the next week or so. Stay tuned for more information. I hope there will be lots of participation. Tell your friends. ;-D


Whatever you choose to do this weekend, have a good one! I'll probably be making journals. Fannie

22 comments:

Sue B said...

Fannie this is beautiful! Such rich gorgeous color, I love it!

Fannie said...

Hi, Sue! Your class is soooooooo fun! Although I don't join in the chatter much, I do enjoy reading about the friendshipping that's taking place in the group. Everyone's enthusiasm is infectious. You did a great job with the lesson! Thanks for offering it.

Stephanie Pettengell said...

Fannie I just love your journal it's beautiful, you must be really thrilled. Sue is so good with her journals I really hope you enjoy the course, she has some wonderful ideas.

Fannie said...

I am enjoying her class. Have you taken her classes? Thanks for stopping by.

Stephanie Pettengell said...

No, I haven't done her course but I follow her work closely on her blog and see how good she is. She is an excellent artist.

Clevelandgirlie said...

Oh so pretty Fannie and so "you" - black with the stunning blue flowers. Really cool inside too. Put it to good use!!

Fannie said...

Hi, Stephanie. Sue is an excellent artist. She has several more classes coming up. Maybe I'll see in you in one of them? ;-D

Hi, Cathie. I'm not sure what I'll use it for yet. I think I might put my postcards from previous exchanges in it. ??? Thanks for your comments.

rbaird said...

This is gorgeous Fannie! I can imagine many different uses for this. Wouldn't it make a great sewing kit?
Sewing is one of my favorite things to do.
You are so talented!!!!

Regina said...

Fannie - this is really pretty. I like the curved pages.
You must never sleep with all these projects you are posting!

Guzzisue said...

Hi, just surfing through my reader to find at least 3 blogs from people doing Sues class. Great to see such lovely journals, all individual, just wish I had time to join in :(

Fannie said...

Hi, Roberta. This would make a great sewing journal and kit, wouldn't it? You have some amazing soft toys in your Etsy shop. Nice work, Roberta.

Hi, Regina. Sleep, who, what,...? Besides my family, my art keeps me happily engaged and is a welcome distraction from personal challenges--softens the "pain." :-O Ha, ha. Always enjoy your visits.

Fannie said...

Welcome, Guzzisue! Nice to meet you. Thanks for leaving a comment. I visited your blog. Bike riding and art is a unique and fun combination. Love it. The diversity in interests is one of the ways that makes each artist's work unique. I'm glad for that. I'll be watching you.

Marsha Robinett said...

Fannie,
I'm like so many others who've commented on this latest project...I don't know where you get all the time to do these lovely things. I'm positive your clock has extra hours on it. I'm jealous. I want a clock like yours.

By the way..a small version would make a wonderful business card holder.

Just beautiful work as always.

Diana Evans said...

Hi Fannie...wow your journal looks amazing...what a great project...I love the colors...

nice work as always...

Cheers,
Diana

Fannie said...

Hi, Marsha. Nice to see you.

Time--as you see, I haven't posted to Artistic Expressions for some time, except for IF submissions. I find that during school, my extra time is spent doing fiber art, and when school's out, I'm able to devote more blocks of time to pencil art, etc. I love your unique pencil work--like your blog's title "extraordinary"! If I had your skills, I would probably create as much pencil art as I do fiber art.

Are you peeking in my art studio? I'm designing a fabric "wallet"--credit card size (which will also hold business cards)--which I was planning to use as a part of the giveaway. Like I mentioned in one of my earlier e-mails to you, sometimes we're on the same wave length--interesting. And here we are again. Maybe I'll call it the "FanMar" wallet. ;-D Thanks for stopping by.

Fannie said...

Hi, Diana~

What are your favorite colors?

Have a great weekend!

StegArt said...

Love your journal Fannie! I like how you have the additional straight stitch along the satin stitched edge. It sure gives it an extra punch. Love the furry looking flap too.

Jacq said...

Fannie, Your journal is beautiful. I like what you did with the yarn. This is a great class and so much fun seeing what everyone is doing. On to lesson 2.

Fannie said...

Hi, Terri! Welcome! Thanks for your comments.

I took a look at your blog. Great journal! It's fun seeing the variations of journals by everyone. Can't wait to see what you do in Week 2.

I'll be watching.

Fannie said...

Jacq, you know I love yours--so original. SueB is so efficient, isn't she? She's got Lesson 2 already posted. Fun!

Ku'ulei said...

I love it! Nice! I remember you telling me about the journal making. It reminds me of the night I came over to "vent" and you sent me home with some good books and a journal. :) Love you

Fannie said...

Hi, Ku'u. I remember that night too. I'm glad you choose to come here to "vent." Funny how we each have our own perspective of events. You remembered the books and journal; I remembered hugging and holding you.