Hello everyone

Hope you are doing well? In South Africa we have gone into level 4 of the lockdown period which means some essential services have been resumed and will continue to resume through to level 1 when the situation has normalized. Unfortunately, our borders remain closed so there is still no International shipping and I am unable to give you a date as to when the shop will re-open.

However this does not stop us stitching and this week I am excited to share with you a little stitch along (sort of) idea that I have been working on. It promises to keep you occupied during isolation or if you have lots of other projects on the go you can do this in between or save it for later.

Mini Embroidery Journal

I have been working on my own (larger) Embroidery journal when I get time and it is giving me so much pleasure – mainly because it gives one the freedom to stitch different designs and also because it is just for me! It occurred to me that a little mini journal would be a great idea as each project is not very time consuming but at the end of it, you will have something very special, a collection of projects housed in a beautiful little book. I might even do 3 little journals, one for each of my daughters? This mini journal comes with my compliments, it is free for all to use in any way you choose.

I have prepared a pattern for you with the layout and construction of the cover and pages, you can download the PDF pattern here. It is very simple to construct and can be made with whatever scraps of fabric you have on hand – a list of suggested materials is included.

Sample Journals

Here are some samples that I made using my fabric stash – you can have fun using a mix of different prints or you could use solids. You can embroider the front cover, leave it plain or decorate it, there are no rules you are free to do whatever you like.

mix and match outer cover, spine and inner cover.

Easy Page Construction

The pages are double – so the designs will be worked on facing pages. The reason I chose to do it this way is because it is much easier to sew down the centre of the double page when you insert them into your cover, then it is to try and bind a whole lot of single pages. The journal consists of 3 double, pages, or 6 single pages back and front which allows for 12 mini projects. The pages can be created with plain white or cream fabric or you can have some fun with using different colours or even subtle patterned backgrounds.

The pages you see in this sample are blank – but we are going to fill each page with embroidery projects over the next few weeks – something to look forward to!

Each week (or when time allows) I will release a new design, which will be posted here on my Blog, so you can stitch the next page of your journal.

Project for page one

These will be a combination of Needle painting, Surface or Whitework embroidery designs. You are of course welcome to put in your own embroidery projects if you prefer., change the colours or use whatever threads you have on hand. Each design will include a basic pattern which includes:

  • A photo of the finished project
  • A stitch diagram
  • Material list
  • Instructions.

If you need help with the stitch techniques or preparation and do not already have a copy of my Handbook you can download a copy here.

You can find the project for page one here.

Pattern Downloads

Here are the pattern downloads for this week – you will need Adobe acrobat reader or similar PDF reader to download them – if you don’t have the program you can download it for free here.

Hope you enjoy stitching your mini journal and till next time wherever you are in the world, keep smiling and happy stitching.


May 02, 2020 — trishburr
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