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Felted Journals

posted Apr 4, 2013, 10:01 AM by Kathleen Peters   [ updated Apr 4, 2013, 6:22 PM ]
There are all sorts of felted journals out there, and some of them are more beautiful than ever.  I have been making a bunch of them around here.  Sacrificing a set of coasters I had laying around, I made three smalls ones - one for each of my children.  

They have been using them for the better part of a month, shoved into their pockets.  These have proven to be great carry alongs, especially since I put on some elastic for writing utensils.  

As for myself, I thought it was about time I had one.  Something nice and colorful, something to help Spring hurry along, something that is a joy to hold and touch and see and use.  Something practical.  So I quickly felted up a single sheet of felt.  The sheet was roughly 10"x14" and had a simple image on it.  I then sliced it up the center to have a front and a back cover and fulled them down to the same size.  It is very impressionistic since I did no needle felting - this is all done with simple wet felting techniques. 

The button is a diagonal slice of lilac coated with linseed oil and then Damars.  A strap of elastic holds the journal closed.  

In mine, I included two folders: one is at the beginning of the book and one is at the end.  It is always nice to have a place to stuff a special little note, receipt or other tidbit.  Also the folders are made of heavy card stock and provide a little extra rigidity to the book.  I can't wait to start journaling!