Wednesday, August 25, 2010

"Create" Journal Cover: Part 1


Covering my circles with COTTON sliver!! (Ooops!!)


Needle-felted pencil roving "create" on a bit of wool roving.


Fully laid out COTTON sliver...right before I realized what I had done. Yeesh!!


"Say what???!?!?" After all that fiddling around, it's too big??!??

Still in my creative fog, I laid out my latest book cover (a journal cover this time!)...

...and discovered (after I thought to myself, "Hmmmm, this wool roving feels really soft and different...I wonder what kind it is?!?!?")...

...that I had laid out the entire back side with organic cotton combed sliver!!!

Now, small amounts of cotton will felt into wool, of course...

...but an entire clot of cotton would only turn into a soggy mess if you tried to felt it!!!

Luckily, I read the label in time and was able to carefully remove the cotton layer and replace it with wool roving.

(I did leave some small cotton wisps around the word "create" and I think they felted in to good effect.)

So that I didn't have to lay out my cursive pencil roving word both upside-down and in reverse ...

...I needle-felted it into a thin batt of roving first.

Unfortunately, when I tried the finished cover on the journal that it was intended for...

...I discovered that I had made it too large! Sighhhh.

Next time: the remedy!

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Unknown said...

I was all excited thinking you had found a way to felt cotton!! LOL :) Great idea about needle felting your word first. I have all but given up trying to make book covers with a resist. They never fit right...I have decided to sew the cover using the felt that I make.

Mariana said...

looks really good! I've never tried to felt cottong roving. I do use cotton yarn everynow and then and it takes time to felt... it's just not in its structure.
I love your journal covers!

Anonymous said...

The cover does look great however!

Kathleen said...

Heather, I eagerly await the remedy as the two that I have made, while lovely, are also too big for the notebook for which they were intended.

Love the way you put the word on the cover!!


TotallyToTheT said...

Very cool! Thanks for posting this. I noticed you use cotton for the word "create". The felted purse I did I used bamboo fibers and I liked both the look and feel. I like how yours looks. I don't know how it feels, but probably really nice. I love felted stuff!


KerryFelter said...

I hear ya! The sizing of the bookcover is a tough one to get correct. The one I just finished for you (!) I did correctly, but then I kind of bunged up the flaps on the inside lining--I should have sewn then on before I sewed the front and back together. I like how you used a resist on the one you did for me, so will try that next. Where did you get the fab cutting mat? Hard to find supplies like that in my neck of the woods!

Heather Woollove said...

Tonya--The 'create' is actually wool pencil roving.

Kelly--The rotary cutting mat is easily found in fabric stores here.
I wonder whether you could order one from Amazon??