Felted Journals

Post date: Apr 04, 2013 5:1:5 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!