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Into The Woods

Into The Woods

Hi all,

You may have found your way here through Facebook where a video of my personal fabric sketchbook Into the Woods has had an amazing response – far beyond my modest expectations! I’m overjoyed of course that so many people love it but I know that the video doesn’t show the pages in detail, so I’m going to try and show you some of the parts close up.

If you want to see some still images of the single pages, you can find those here.

If you want to see some images of wonderful artwork from other artists that have inspired this work, you can see those here.

I’ve had a lot of questions about how I’ve achieved certain parts and the techniques I’ve used, so in this post I’m going to try and explain some of them here using close up and in progress photos.









The Front Cover

My favourite page is probably the front cover and I love the texture of all the fabric. It’s quite a simple technique – folding tiny squares of fabric into triangles and sewing them in place. I wasn’t sure about the raw edges at first but I put the whole lot into the washing machine and it softened them out a bit.










One of the simplest pages to make was the constellations; I dyed spots onto a white background then used free-hand machine embroidery to quilt around them. The constellations themselves are tiny white seed beads and embroidery thread. The lettering is stamped which is a technique I use in all of my projects. (More about that here).











The mushroom page was made completely by hand. The mushroom shapes were made with appliqued fabric with painted stalks, each was then hand embroidered (or decorated with sequins – we can see you, that little one in the middle!).

Some close ups:

Machine Embroidery

There are two pages that use machine embroidery as a main feature, the ghost trees (made from 5 layers of transparent fabric each embroidered) and the tree bark one, which I used with thread on top of a double gauze fabric to create the texture of a silver birch.

On a separate note the writing you see on the tree bark page is created with fabric transfer paper . I wrote out the quote on a typewriter then scanned it into the computer and used the transfer paper to add it to the background fabric.

Leaf Patterns

This tree was the most time-consuming of all of the pages. I was inspired by the many different ways artists have depicted the patterns of multiple leaves.  Each section of the branches has been decorated with a different technique or pattern, and all of it by hand. The background tree was painted using masking tape to keep sections of the white fabric blank. I am pleased with it though!Some close ups:

So, that’s it for now. If you have any questions about any of the pages or techniques that I haven’t covered here, please let me know and i’ll make another post!

This Post Has 9 Comments
  1. Woodland journal is pure artist genious!!! I love it! Just beautiful! Never thought to make such a thing . Now I have to give it a go!!!!

  2. Beautiful! How did you do the fabric book binding? Would love a tutorial on that. Thank you for sharing your work!

    1. Hi Marianne – The binding on this book is actually super easy, they are double page spreads sewn together at the edges with bias tape with a fabric spine (all hand sewn). My Stitchbooks (the ones with photographs) have ring binders which is better for the little books and all of my Starter Kits include all of the bindings for that. I’ll think about a tutorial for the future!

  3. Hi, I came across your book today and just wanted to say that it’s absolutely gorgeous. I can’t stop watching the video. Thank you for sharing the process. This is a work of art!
    Serafina 🙂

    1. Hi, Thanks so much – I’m glad you enjoyed it! Stay tuned for more updates on it – I’m working on another version to turn into a book.

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