Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Linen and Squares

Do you know what's good about doing a swap?

Linen + Squares drawstring pouch


It get's you trying new things.  I'd always wanted to try Jeni's drawstring bag tutorial, so there you go.  No wonder it's so popular - the thing goes together lickety split.  Totally one I'll be using again.  Anyhoo, my partner likes linen, color and many of my favorite fabrics so I figured a work made in scraps would be just the thing.

for Love circle swap

I had some trouble getting a mix of prints that I liked for the squares on this drawstring tote, so I just kept cutting and cutting and cutting 2" squares.  And then with all the leftovers...

Linen + Squares journal covers

Yeah, that.  Dividing the squares into color groupings made me much happier with the scrappy combos.  I paired the squares with my favorite real natural linen from Fabric-Store.com, which has a seriously earthy texture and tone that I really can't get enough of.  This is the good stuff, people.  I hope there are some linen-lovers at Indie Craft Parade!

more Linen + Squares

Although the fronts are minimalistic, I got playful on the back and inside covers.  Improv-piecing scraps just makes my day.  You never know what will happen... 

Strawberry Fields journal cover

Oh, and here's the ugliest covered journal I've ever made.  No offense if you like it. I had the 2 hourglass blocks in my abandoned "pieced scraps" collection.  Every time I sort through them these 2 blocks always stick out like a soar thumb.  This particular green and pink combo is just not me, so it never seems to work with anything else I make.   So... I stubbornly forced myself to make them into a covered journal when I really, really should have just let them go instead.  Lesson learned.

inside Strawberry Fields

The inside is better.  And, who knows, maybe this'll be the first one to sell.  Wow, that would be a hooot!

These 4 covered journals join a tall stack of projects destined for Indie Craft Parade in Greenville, South Carolina, September 7-9.  I've heard from some of you who are going to be there. That's the coolest!  For those that can't some... yes, I will be posting leftover stock in my Etsy store after the fact and you'll be the first to know.  Totally warms my heart that you've been asking!!!

32 comments:

  1. Wow, these look great! I have so got to find another swap to participate in soon... :)

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  2. Awww...love that drawstring bag! So beautiful. :)

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  3. i love linen too, and all of your pieces are scrumptious with color and texture abundant!

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  4. Rachel, I am partial to linen and I must say that your linen journals - and the bag!- are fantastic. I love them!

    I love your comment about the journal you don't like, and especially the disclaimer - "no offense if you like it." haha

    After I linked to your blog from mine after using your journal cover tutorial, my mom emailed me saying how much she loved your coasters! I'll bet they'll go fast at the craft show.

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  5. Wish I could go to the craft parade! I was at an art fair in Palo Alto this weekend and kept thinking of you. Can't wait to hear all about it though!

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  6. Love the bag! Love the journals. Ok, the one you don't like I'm not crazy about, but you are absolutely right, it might be someone else's total cup of tea.

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    1. Haha, thanks for being willing to agree!

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  7. Ok. I like the pink and green color combo. Color me pastel.

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    1. Alright, someone likes that one. Who-hoo!

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  8. Your patchwork drawstring bag is sweet! And so are the resulting journal covers. The craft show is getting close! yay!

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  9. I love the linen bag. Lucky receiver.

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  10. What a pretty drawstring bag! Your other projects are equally as pretty!

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  11. Wow the bag is too cute! I love the colours you chose and linen is just awesome! Great looking covers though that pink one I see what you mean, the inside really is better....just place that one to the front and hope for the best =D

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  12. little squeal of delight from me! I love those little squares, they look amazing! I am so glad to hear it took you ages to piece a happy combo together. I am in the process of doing this mainly to practice putting patterns next to each other and cause little squares are so lovely! I will persist! They also look great on the journal covers and the drawstring bag is a winner!

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    1. Persevere, Rebecca! But, sometimes less is more. I always have to go through the more to find the less.

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  13. ooh, I love what you did with these squares. That drawstring bag has been on my list forever, hope to give it a try soon, thanks for the inspiration.

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  14. You don't like the pink and green, but someone out there will love it.

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  15. I have been hoarding some linen pants to repurpose. This might be just the thing for me too!

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  16. i LOVE linen and cotton together. so sweet, this swap you're doing.

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  17. Thanks for so much inspiration. I have booked my first handmade market stall in November! I put in my application and got a confirmation today! Now I need to get started on my inventory!

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    1. Oh, wow! It's such a big step, isn't it? Wish you the best!

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  18. Your work is so pretty!!! I love everything you do!!!
    Alejandra.

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  19. Love the drawstring bag, so nice. Love the book covers too.

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  20. I bet that "ugly" journal will be the first to go! It's actually not that bad, it just doesn't scream "Rachel made me!!!" like the rest of your goodies.
    I wish you complete success in the craft fair. You've worked hard to get it all ready.

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  21. I like your style. So honest :-) and of course I love your work.

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  22. Oh, Glad to hear that any left overs from the Indie Craft Show will be going into your shop ~ just loving the journal covers!

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  23. You would hate my house.....JUST Kidding!

    I think someone will buy any and all. They are beautiful pieces of "art" that will appeal to different people in different ways!!

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  24. Your beautiful bag has been featured on my blog :)
    www.love-jujubeancreations.blogspot.com

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