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How To Weave a Beautiful Journal Cover
Submitted by Pam on Thu, 07/14/2011 - 04:23
I am actually making journals!
Journals are not my thing. I have nothing at all against journals, I just never in a million years would have thought I would be making journals.
But I am now! And aren't they beautiful? Can't wait to begin using them!
Go over and take a look - really cool journal pages. I never thought journal pages could be like this! For some cockeyed reason I had it in my mind that journaling involved either page after page of written words (been there and doesn't work for me) or a collection of collages depicting thoughts, inspirations or feelings. (Also not me.)
When I saw Elizabeth's pages from her journal - well you know me and my lists!
And her doodles and drawings - love her doodles and drawings. I definitely need to doodle more!
Just a few days later, Erin shared this post: "Unblock Your Creativity: Using Your Morning Pages" on her blog Elysian Studios. As part of that post, she included a tutorial for making the simplest and prettiest little journals using her children's half used composition books.
Completely smitten, I rummaged through my fabric bin pulling out two of my most favorite fabrics, one for a Christmas Journal and one for a Fiber Arts Journal! And in a few minutes with scissors and glue in hand - two beautiful journals! Ready for lists, and doodles, and dreaming!
But that is not the end of the story! Only the happy beginning.
It just so happens that I purchased a little journal filler not long ago to use for recording clever thoughts and ideas that I come across.
And it also just so happens that I have been carrying on conversations with Meg at Mega Crafty and Jan at Jan Made It about weaving Saori on card board looms. See some of what we have been sharing with each other here and here.
Meg and I have been tossing around ideas for actually creating a weaving on both sides of the loom at the same time instead of simply carrying the yarns around the back every row.
So, I measured my little journal and prepared a large - 11 x 14 - loom. It is larger than the dimensions of the journal, but I knew I would want room to spare for shrinkage when the weaving is removed from the loom.
It works! Weaving both sides of the loom works!
Follow the tutorial here but instead of just carrying the yarn around the back side of the loom on each row, weave it through the warp yarns on the back side before bringing it back to the front to begin another row.
Once the weaving is completed, carefully cut the warp and weft yarns as close to the edges of the loom as possible.
Taking care to handle the weaving gently, remove both side of the weaving from the loom.
Cut through the center of the weft yarns between the back and front sections.
The angle of the shot makes these appear different sizes - they are actually the same size. Sorry.
Meg thinks sewing the two sides together would make a great bag! I happen to agree with her. But right now she is occupied with another weaving project. Maybe one day she will make a bag for us!
Once the weaving was complete and removed from the loom, I followed Erin's tutorial and applied the newly woven fabric to the outside of the little journal in the same way as I applied the cotton fabric to the composition books.
However, instead of using spray adhesive, I used Mod Podge as the bonding agent. It took longer to dry, but I really wanted the yarns permanently glued in place and felt the wet glue would be a better option.
Ok - so much for one piece of woven fabric. What about the other? Another journal - for Diane, of course!
I don't know what happened when I measured the journal I purchased for Diane. All I know for sure is that the book was too big for the fabric once I got it home! %$#*@! *
Ok. Deep breath. I can fix this. I cut the fabric in half and glued in place. Then once it was dry, I glued red felted wool over the spine.
Erin simply trims her fabric right next to the edges of the composition book cover.
Will Mod Podge hold the yarns at the edges of the journal cover in place?
To test - I cut my journal fabric even with the edge of the book cover. I cut Diane's journal fabric about 1/8" beyond the cover edge.
I like the look of both actually.
(NOTE: After using the journal for two years: I am happy to report that the yarns at the edges stay in place beautifully. They will fluff up a bit but that just makes them more beautiful.)
(Shot this view of Diane's journal before I trimmed the yarns at the edges.)
Both journals turned out really beautiful and well worth the time spent making the woven fabric. And i can't begin to tell you how amazing they feel in your hands.
Woven fabric journals would make beautiful Christmas gifts.
Thank you Elizabeth! Erin! Meg! Jan! I love my new journals!
If you want to make a matching woven "Zen" Bookmark, here is a little tutorial!
You could even weave a little heart to glue on the front! Here is the tutorial for that!