Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Journey of a Thousand Miles Hand Stitched Book

Recycled & Altered Art Travel Journal:

It's time for another fun challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu and the theme for the Pink Team this month is Travel. For my take on the Travel theme, I created a hand made book created entirely from scratch.

Recycled & Altered Hand Stitched Travel Journal Cover
Creating the Book:
I made the cover from pieces of mat-board left over from framing paintings and the pages inside the book are made from watercolor paper and I stitched each signature with a Coptic Stitch.

Recycled & Altered Hand Stitched Travel Journal Side View
I covered the cover with a piece of Parks map from British Columbia which I thought was rather cool as it lists places chose to where I live.

Recycled & Altered Hand Stitched Travel Journal / Book

I have always like the Thousand Miles saying and created a digital version which I printed out and used as one of the main focal points on the front. I thought since my book was created with a Travel theme in mind it would be nice if it had some kind of compass on it but since I didn't have one I made one also digital and cut it out all the layers with my set of circle die cuts. After I had all the elements I though it still need a little something else so used a piece of red polk-a-dot ribbon I had kicking around my art room. It

Recycled & Altered Hand Stitched Travel Journal Back Cover

Above is a photo of the back of the book. It really is a Travel Book / Journal because I live in the area shown on the cover and have traveled all over those black and red lines. To finish off my book I added a simple cord as a closer with red wooden beads attached to end of the cord.

Recycled & Altered Hand Stitched Travel Journal inside stitching Stitched Page Signatures: 

On the left is a photo of the pages for the inside of my book. If you look closely you can see the stitching. and under the pages is the semi covered pieces which will be the cover. I hope you have enjoyed my Travel Book and will pop on over to the Ecelctic Ellapu Challenge Blog to see all the other wonderful Travel projects created by the Team. While you are there please also share your own art with us.

My Journey of a Thousands Hand Stitched Book is entered into the following challenges:

Little Red Wagon ...#296 Lots of Red and White
Crafty Creations ... #292 Red, White and Blue

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Desire Fourie said...

Absolutely gorgeous Chris. Such a wonderful and handy item to have with one, not even for travel, but just as an everyday notebook too.
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VickiRossArt said...

Wow! What a perfect book...great job!

Willeke said...

Your project is awesome !
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Win Dinn said...

Wonderful book,Chris. As a former 'Canmoreon' and now living in Creston, BC, I can most definitely appreciate this lovely piece. Thanks for sharing!

Carolyn Wolff said...

What an amazing project. Love all the detail.....and of course, the red & white. Thanks for playing along with us at LRW!!

Carol said...

What a fabulous project Chris, I love this. Carol x

Brenda said...

What a wonderful, meaningful project! Brenda, LRW DT

JackieP Neal said...

this is just beautiful!! Your attention to details- outstanding! And as I said on Google- I Love this retro color palette!! So well done! xo

Elaine aka Ellapu said...

Your book is fabulous sweetie - so much time and emotion has gone into this and it has paid off big time xx

Michele said...

wow Chris this is so beautiful and so perfect! it is finished so well in every detail. truly it is most elegant and lovely. you are brilliant! xo

Tracey Mallaghan said...

Beautiful work, stunning:)