Incorporating a mix of beautiful wool-felt appliqué and divine embroidery, this pattern from Roslyn Mirrington includes two one-of-a-kind photo-album cover designs. These easy appliquéd and embroidered photo-album covers feature a motif of an old suitcase and cute embroidered planes on the other. The best thing about these covers is that you can make them any size you like to hold your precious travel pics safe.
Full materials list included in instructions
Pattern sheet is included with appliqué and stitchery designs ready for tracing
A perfect way to use up fabric scraps from your stash
Makes a great gift for friends or family who have been on holidays or are planning a big trip
Detailed step-by-step instructions, colour photographs and clear diagrams take you through each step from cutting your fabrics through to completing the covers
Make it personal and unique by selecting your favourite fabrics and colours or the favourite colours of the gift's recipient
Simple embroidery stitches are used including backstitch, colonial knot, detached chain (lazy daisy) stitch, satin stitch, straight stitch
A great pattern for beginner-level crafters looking for small projects to combine a couple of techniques
What’s your idea of the perfect stitching day? The perfect day would be raining, the house would be tidy, the phone turned off, someone else would be running the kids around and cooking dinner. I would have the blissful luxury of thinking, completely undistracted, about my stitching and nothing else. Dream on!
How long have you been crafting? My crafting journey officially began in kindergarten, when each child in my class was given a small rectangle of huckaback fabric and standard Government issue perle cottons in bright green, red and orange! We were instructed to stitch straight lines across the cloth. I quickly became bored with straight lines and ventured to make patterns with my threads. On taking my work home at the end of term, I enthusiastically raided Mum’s stash of embroidery threads. She had every colour of the rainbow! I stitched that little rectangle of huckaback to within an inch of its life until every row was filled. And I have been stitching ever since. To use my hands to craft is as instinctive and vital to me as breathing!
What crafts do you do? Embroidery, patchwork, quilting, bag making, gardening.
Is crafting your hobby or your profession? I feel like my crafting remains a hobby, having never formally studied textiles or design. My formal training is in plant biochemistry and mathematics, and my main employment is in an Entomology laboratory. However, as time passes, I find myself increasingly drawn to creative pursuits, and I would happily spend all my time crafting if I could discover a way of making it pay the bills!
Do you teach/publish your skills and projects? I teach an occasional class at local fabric stores, as time permits. I feel very privileged to have published projects for Australian Homespun and Moda Bakeshop. My blog remains my primary means of sharing projects, tips and techniques with other crafters.
What do you love most about crafting? We all live such busy lives now, constantly bombarded by electronic media to do more, spend more, exercise more, eat less, have more friends. While others might do yoga or have a massage for relaxation, I retreat to my sewing space. Sewing calms me and offers some peace from the otherwise frenetic pace of my life.
What is your proudest crafting moment/achievement? In all sincerity, some of the projects I’m most proud of have been designed for Homespun magazine. Over the years, the Homespun team has dreamt up some wildly creative project ideas. They call me up, and the conversation goes something like, “Now Bloom, do you think you could make us some luggage tags”? Sure, no problem. “Ah yes, Bloom, but we’d like them to look like vintage suitcases”! Ok then. Can I say, I have absolutely loved each and every challenge the team has set me! There is something immensely satisfying in being set a unique creative brief, which initially seems difficult and unlikely, and working it through to an achievable and hopefully beautiful end.
5 words that best describe your craft style? Understated, detailed, thoughtful, nostalgic, floral