Thursday, August 9, 2012

"Ribbon Yarn" Journal Cover- Part 1 of 2

Laying out ribbon yarn in variegated colors...

 
...and covering it with a layer of wool roving.

 
Now, flipped to the reverse side...

 
...the yarn is wrapped to the back, in preparation for wool layer number two.

 
After a single layer of wool, the yarn is still visible from the outside ...

...but adding additional layers will soon make it impossible to distinguish front from back.

 
Adding colored wool to the back side of the journal helps me to remember 'which' side is 'which'.



Cutting the partially felted cover and removing the resist. 
 
The felted and dried cover, prior to adding a closure.

(This last photo most accurately reflects the true color of the wool.)

 
Since my yarn-embellished journal cover was such an enjoyable project to make...

...I decided to look through my yarn stash to see what else might 'strike my fancy'.

Discovering short lengths of 'ribbon yarn' in bright, variegated colors...

...I endeavored to craft a project that would show them to their best advantage.

Because I've been in a rather symmetrical mood lately...

...both of these projects feature parallel lines of yarn in their layouts.

Don't feel that you are restricted to this kind of design when working with yarn, however...

...because it works just as well with more complex layouts, like this one.

Using fluffy pink wool (also from my stash)...

...I covered the yarn-wrapped resist with several layers of roving.

After felting and drying the piece...

...I decided that a closure of some kind would nicely finish off the journal...

...and keep its contents secure.

Next time: Using hand-dyed pink leather to fashion a closure...

...and (finally) the perfect use for a handmade leather button from Chile!

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9 comments:

Rachel said...

Looking great - colourful, but simple.

Fiona Duthie said...

Very very nice Heather! Ribbon yarns are great for embellishment- perfect for your project! Do you have orange bubble wrap? Now that would be fun!
Looking forward to part 2-as always! xo Fiona

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Rachel!
Fiona--Orange bubble wrap!?!? How wonderful that would be!! :)

Terrie said...

Yarn for strips is great look. Wondering if I can use the yarn as I ususally knitted with? Can do or not? Looking forward to the finished look with leather closure. You're inspiring!

Heather Woollove said...

Terriea--Yes, you can use any kind of yarn with good results. If it's a very wide or chunky kind of art yarn, it's best to work inside-out if you want it to felt in well. With 'regular' yarn, you will have success either way! XXO-

Karen said...

I love this Heather and i've just spent another lovely hour reading through your posts again, to catch up. I'm going to try a cover this way once my room is all set up again
xo

Heather Woollove said...

Karen--I have several more journal covers to show you, once I'm done with a long (5-part!) post that's coming up next. More inspiration, perhaps?!? XXO-

Karen said...

Ohhhh Absolutely :)

Heather Woollove said...

Karen--:)