Sunday, September 14, 2014


A new sketchbook / guestbook / such things, 
now available in my Etsy store.

I'm currently working on some new books,
 and walking in new territory.....
it's always good to push the boundaries - 
watch this space for updates. 


Monday, September 8, 2014

Larger Scale

You may have noticed I've started to branch out into some larger books.

As terrifying as that may be for me, 
I'm answering many requests for larger scale journals. 
When creating, 
it is always in the forefront of my mind
 to keep to my aesthetic of blank, unique journals 
that are suitable for writers & artists alike. 

One day someone might say, 
'That's my journal!' 
and they get it; 
and when they write, 
the artist emerges; 
the Shakespeare emerges -
this is good. 

If you don't see your journal, 
send me a message & I'll see what we can create together.

Now on Etsy, Lavande & The Linen Corner.

3 different panels of the same leather were stitched together for this cover.

Hand embossed patterns & vintage embroidered linen patch.

Richly stained archive text paper - beautiful for writing and drawing.

Soft, distressed, limp binding.

Dark forest green leather is teamed with vintage linen for this book.

I added a little Florentine paper under the cutout work of the linen.

A strong leather tie keeps it closed.

Lays flat when in use, ideal for left handed artists, or a guest book.

Dark green back.

I've now run out of my archive text paper, 
but have a new batch of Hahnemuhle paper,
which I spent a good deal of time today tearing.
It's much thicker,
and wonderful to work with.

Watch this space.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


This journal has been in the making for about a week, as there was alot of paper tearing, staining, drying and pressing to be done. I wasn't actually sure of what the covers were going to be until I discovered this old linen lurking in my stash. Initially I was going to create a thick leather cover with fabric scraps, but that can wait for another project.

I took photographs of the stitching stages along the way, to show what was involved. I had thread and needles dangling all over the place and they love to entangle in each other - so you can only imagine... the opera on the radio was perfect for the concentration involved. 

Those of you who are familiar with Coptic stitching of large books will appreciate the little daydream of having elongated hands for a job like this. Yes, I could have used a sewing frame, but I choose not to.

Working in line with the colours on the old linen, I opted to use a mix of cream and light rust thread - I am happy with the finished piece. The images taken in the making are in the corner of my dark studio, so the colour is a little on the warm side. The finished piece was photographed in natural light, so the colours are more true.

Here it is, Springtime in the making, and made.

Aligning the cover for the final stage of stitching

About to stitch the back cover

Half way through stitching the back cover

More stitching

10 inches high

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The September Bundler

I thought I'd kick off this month with a variation of a previous design, The Bundler.

I let myself go a bit with this one - 
it emanates a rich bohemian life. 
Prior to opening it, 
you might imagine it is already full of words, 
snippets of nature, 
photo-booth mugshots, 
and small corners of paper napkins with phone numbers
 or strange cartoons on them.

I have some vintage linen covers in the press, 
more paper stained and waiting to be bound, 
more paper to be ordered. 
There are small pieces of leather in my stash -
I am gathering them up, 
like leaves in autumn.

I smell jonquils, 
daffodils & other spring flowers in the air; 
and despite the heavy persistent rain, 
I'm out in it, 
soaking it up, 
while getting soaked myself. 

Only then, 
is it the best anyway. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Writer

I have just completed a new journal. 

There are more in progress. 

Despite calling it 'The Writer'
this one (the crafter) has not strung enough words together,
 to write an actual blog post. 
They are jumbled, in disarray, 
and must be arranged accordingly.

So imagery and captions for now. 

But do know, that there are words in progress.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Back in Miniature

I completed this wee book yesterday, I thought of the covers sleeping all night in the old green press and couldn't wait to fish them out and start stitching. There was some fantastic classical music on the radio and each stitch became like some sort of symphony.

On other things, I woke in the small hours of the morning yesterday, at 3:30 am to be precise, and proceeded to write 4 pages in my small notebook with an expiring Biro pen about a subject that I may bring to my blog soon. 

This used to happen to me alot in the past; I'd keep a book by my bed incase I'd wake from a dream and want to write it all down - as by morning, it would have been erased from my memory. 

I still have this little book. I shall endeavor to find it....

Spring Scriptures in Miniature, now available in my Etsy store.

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