I love upcycling, don’t you? I also love making book covers so I was very pleased when I came across a damaged vintage silk scarf and decided to nuno felt it into a book cover. These photos don’t do it justice, they really don’t but they’re the best I’ve got and I wanted you to see this pretty book cover.

It really wasn’t a scarf I’d ever have worn but remodelled like this I love it.

I left the little clusters of flowers to speak for themselves and did a small amount of hand embroidery on just three of the larger flowers.

The best news is, I have sufficient left for a second one 🙂

British wool book covers

Piles of Masham, Blue Faced Leicester and Shetland wool turned into five smashing book covers.

We included lace, natural and synthetic fabrics and dyed Teeswater curls onto the fibre. At the pre felt stage we stopped and stitched into it before continuing to felt.

In the photo above you can see the broken lines of navy stitch which were put in at the pre felt stage and have sunk into the background as opposed to the cross stitch which was done after felting was completed and which floats on the surface.

Again, the pale pink stitches done at the pre felt stage have become part of the background whilst the stitching added later stands proud. I love the layering and effects that can be achieved by stitching at two stages in the felting process.

Beautiful, hard wearing British wool note books. Another successful day 🙂


Whitework tree book cover

There are some things which you really really enjoy making and this book cover was one of them. Inspiration came from a magazine cover.

I began by stitching into some crystal organza to create a tree shape. The thread used was wool yarn and I used a split stitch.

The little twinkles in the shot above are not water droplets but small pieces of glitter on the fabric. I laid out two layers of Blue Faced Leicester wool, placed the fabric on top and then felted it together.


To embellish I chose a simple lazy daisy stitch in cream and white embroidery thread.

In addition to the stitch I added small glass beads for that extra twinkle and finished the edge with blanket stitch

I love using crystal organza as it adds so much texture to the finished felt and using white on white wool means you only see the texture and twinkle added, it hasn’t obscured anything. It’s amazing what a diference even simple stitch can make to the finish.

If you feel inspired to make your own book cover why not come along to my workshop on Thursday 27th April, it’s one of my favourite workshops to teach and a fun one to experience. You really don’t need to be brilliant at sewing as even running stitch is really effective when combined with the nuno felt.

British wool book cover

In April I’ll be running a British wool book cover workshop. This example was created using a mixture of Cheviot, Shetland and Wensleydale wools.

I enjoy putting a few stitches into the wool at the prefelt stage. As I reached the pre felt stage I stopped and put in a running stitch where I wanted to site the main tree branches and then wrapped those stitches with a mixture of threads in brown, grey, black and amber after which I continued the felting process.

After felting the leaves were inserted on the tree with a mixture of coloured threads in french knots and simple bird silhouettes added to the sky for additional interest.

It’s edged with blanket stitch in brown and white embroidery threads. The same technique can be used for pictures as well as book covers. To come along and create your own unique piece of wool see further details and booking here.

Purple poppies

Absolutely ages ago I started a notebook cover of purple poppies on a background of grey carded BFL using standard A5 sizing. What better time than the start of a new year to finish it.


Above is the view of both front and back of the notebook. I forgot to take photos during felting but the finished book is below.


It’s finished in black blanket edge stitch and embellised with french knots in the centre of the flowers.


There’s also a little fine running stitch on the black stalks, black running stitch on the black centres and some lilac running stitch on the lighter areas of the flowers.


I enjoyed making the poppies in traditional colours but if anything I think I’ve enjoyed the purple ones more. The notebook is now for sale at £28 including postage, just email me if you’d like to buy.

Stitched into felt workshop

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s one of my favourite workshops. We began by stitching into the fabrics before laying out the fibres, then stopped and stitched at the pre-felt stage and then there’s opportunity to add as much stitching , beading etc. as you like after felting. Instead of the usual photos of the finished items I thought I’d show you a few details so you can see how much the stitch can become part of, and add to, the background.


This first piece is by Mich with crystal organza, stitched wool thread at the beginning and extra stitching just being added at the end. The purple and green stitched added early on have submerged into the background.


This lovely colour combination is by Marina and has three different fabrics each adding it’s own variant of texture plus stitching in wool, metallic and other threads


This highly decorated piece is by Pam and again there’s three different fabrics two of which have been highlighted. Stitching in embroidery cottons, metallics, wool and mohair threads.Adding stitch before and at the part way stage allows you to add details which become part of the piece rather than sitting on top of it. I think it’s rather lovely the way it works.


Just two fabrics on this piece by Ruth but used very effectively and adorned with stitch in wool. metallic and embroidery cottons. Additional texture was created through the use of Teeswater curls. I’d happily have kept all or any of the felts but they insisted on taking them home. However, Marina has been kind enough to send a shot of her finished book cover – isn’t it lovely.



Waves is the title of this finished book. It’s hand dyed BFL with hand dyed rug yarn, silk fibres and crystal organza.



I love hand stitching the organic edges and this one has a little stitching on the front and back too. The colours are very subtle.


Snow Inspiration

I love snow, especially when we get a good decent downfall and not just a light sprinkling. It feels like winter should, everything is quiet and looks wonderful under it’s white blanket. Once the thaw begins I’m less keen, grey, slushy, dirty snow has no appeal whatsoever. So here’s what the fresh snow inspired me to make.


I’ve used BlFL for the background and Black Welsh for the tree as it has a naturally darker brown colour than the BFL.


The colour you can see in the background is from hand dyed BF and the white flecks of snow were created by using wool nepps.


Fully felted and ready for finishing.


I’m really rather pleased with this one, it makes me smile each time I look at it.


The blanket stitch edging is in purple embroidery thread and picks up on the purple tones which I added to the trunk of the tree. There’s also a little dark green on the tree but the camera doesn’t seem to have picked it up.


You might be able to pick out the wiggly bits on the tree branches, this is bamboo fibres adding a little lustre.


Wish I could keep it but this is destined for my shop.

Not much is the answer

Remember I asked what should be on the front of this?

Elizabeth had good ideas but I really didn’t want to lose the beard, I liked it. I tried stitching wavy lines on but they didn’t work so I removed them. Then, I started a line and it turned into a heart with patterns inside but I knew even whilst I was sewing it that it just wasn’t working for me so that too was removed. Thoughtful pause …….. what was it again that Elizabeth said?

A fastening! I tried this small metal button and for some reason it just made me think – door. I liked it but not as much as these three.

Now I’m thinking cuff. Much as it hurt, I tucked the beard under to see what it looked like clean shaven and I’m afraid the beard just had to go.

So, I’ve removed the beard and stitched on the buttons and the answer to what should be on the front was, not much. There’s a small pile of discarded curls by my side which I can’t bear to throw away so they’ll live to felt another day.

BFL notebook

For those of you who aren’t fibre nuts I perhaps need to explain that BFL is Blue Faced Leicester and its what today’s notebook is made from. I hand dyed oatmeal  BFL in shades of pink  and blue and laid out a background.

Then I laid on strips of crystal organza wich I love for the texture they give.

Next on was small pieces of sari silk and mulberry silk fibres in red and turquoise.

Followed by short lengths of grey and turquoise  roving (part spun yarn).

You can see I’ve part untwisted the roving to create open areas and decided it needed a few extra pieces of yarn twisted into loops. Next time, the finished item.