Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Needlefelted recipe book cover



with a cover it looks a lot better than the boring blue plastic!



I bought this useful index card holder from Asda for £1. I have been doing a lot of baking lately and wanted to make a book full of my fav tried and tested recipes. I made this needlefelted cover from a vintage blanket that I bought at the Woolfest in the summer. It is great to needlefelt into and is lovely to hold. Its got a plastic see through cover as I am a very messy cook but it looks better without this for the photo. Now to think what other projects I can do with the blanket.

I want to make a chicken doorstop (not a triangle one)..does anyone know where I can download a free pattern?

17 comments:

Alyice Edrich said...

That is adorable.

Carin said...

That is so sweet and so folksy- love it!

Janet Ghio said...

Love this!

ArtGirl said...

what pretty colors, so delicate.

looks like you've been staying busy, lots of interesting things to look at. i've been meaning to pop over and take a look. been out of the fray for a few months, busy with "life."

your blackberry jam looks yummy. how cool to make it yourself! i would have no idea that you would use apples to make the jam!

i saw a pattern for a bird in a recent quilting arts magazine, it was for little birds with wire legs coming out. but i imagine you could blow up the pattern and put pebbles or beans in it instead of batting, to make it heavier to hold the door open.

http://www.quiltingartstv.com/projects/600/610/Fabric-Birds-Grant.pdf

here is a link i found online to the birds, it even has a pretty photo. but now that i think of it, it was not quilting arts magazine, but that international quilt festival magazine from like 9 months ago (it sat on my table for the last nine months and i only got around to reading it last night!!)

anyway they dont really look like chickens, but YOU are creative and you could totally improvise. put on of those gobble things on the top of the head and put some crazy webbed feet sticking out the bottom.

ShabbyChicShaz said...

Wow, lovely cover, must make baking day just that bit more fun :)

Emma said...

Lovely cover. Rag Tag n Textile, where I volenteer had some great chicken doorstops, but ready made (I couldn't get their website to show me any) Anyway, I'll ask.

dosfishes said...

Lovely needle felting work. Great little idea. There is a book out there called "A Greener Christmas" put out by DK a few years ago. There is a great sewn chicken pattern using old woolens. I made it and it came out great, you might find it at the library. xox Corrine

Karin said...

You always have the most creative ideas...I have never tried felting although my cousin has shown me lovely things she has made. This would make a wonderful gift...I'm starting to get holiday ideas floating around in my brain!

Emily said...

I love that! It is so cute!!!

I made my first pajama shorts. I actually made two. I wear them to bed every night. I am so happy with them. I should probably make some pants soon as it the weather will start getting cold. Hope you'll come take a look. By the way, I am turning 10 this weekend.

Emily
http://sewingsister.blogspot.com/2010/09/my-cuz-came-over.html

Pat Beaumont said...

Wonderful needle felted cover Lorraine - I made a simple triangular chicken years ago - very simple - I think I have it somewhere....I will check

Pat Beaumont said...

...sorry just read your blog again which says 'not a triangle one' good luck with the search

Linda said...

What a lovely idea Lorraine...the bird is so sweet and the crown finishes it off perfectly.
Not sure what you mean about the chicken - but I hope you find what you're looking for!

Heavenly Anarchist said...

very cute - I love chickens

lisa fulmer said...

fab colors!!!

Sid said...

Fab idea for a cover, loving the colours on this too !!

Melinda Cornish said...

this is really fun and bright...I love the rooster.

Trudy Callan said...

I love this idea! What a great way to keep your tried and tested recipes. I'm going to keep my eye out for one of these.