A lovely handmade craft book for you to turn into a collection of experiments or a personal work of art. Who knows...you may even create a family heirloom! The book has been designed to encourage freedom of creativity. I have often been daunted by a stark, white canvas, not knowing where to start. The deliberate 'raggy' look eliminates this problem...just make a start and see where your imagination takes you.
The canvas pages can be developed in any way you choose. If you don't like what you have done, why not add some applique or patchwork over the top? Or perhaps attach a piece of art to a page afterwards, as shown in one of my photographs below.
Watch you book evolve into something beautiful. It cannot be destroyed, only enhanced...like a textile journal or a visual travelogue...why not write a poem in thread... or you could pop a plastic punched pocket underneath to protect the other pages and do some painting, collage or image transfer (remember to let the glue or paint dry thoroughly before closing the book!) Let your imagination run wild and have some fun!
Despite the raggy appearance, each page, including the beautiful linen cover, has been neatened around the edge to prevent further fraying. Your book comes complete with intentional tattiness and this is a unique and original feature of the design. No need to be neat in your work...in fact, the raggier the better!
Dimensions and features
The book consists of 10 pages of cotton canvas, measuring 16 x 27 cm, protected by a linen cover which measures 21 x 30 cm. There is a linen tie which wraps around the book and this is secured by tucking the end into the wrap.
Inside the front cover I have sewn a pocket, which can be used to store the owners address in case the book becomes lost.
Inside the back cover is a larger pocket containing;
2 x sheets of handmade Khadi white cotton rag paper from India (150gsm) made from cotton waste; each measuring 10 x 21 cm 1 x HB Onyx and Green pencil made from recycled newspaper.
The Raggy Book story
I designed and created the Raggy Book as i needed a method of keeping all of my snippets of textile art in one place. As my artworks are inspired by my travels, I also wanted to be able to take the book with me anywhere and so wrapping it in the 100% linen creates a robust and hardwearing cover, which will soften beautifully through use but still protect your lovely pages. Your book will travel well in a handbag, beach bag or suitcase, for instance. I love to sew and sketch whilst on the train or relaxing on a family picnic.
Please state whether the Raggy Book is a gift and if you would like me to add a message. A small, blank gift card is included and I would be delighted to gift-wrap your item at no extra cost.
I incorporate recycled fabrics, clothing and papers into my products. I hope you support my recycling of postage material. I only use recycled and recyclable plastics.
*PLEASE NOTE: there is a risk of shrinkage if the book is washed.
Thanks for looking; if you would like to ask me a question...please do! I'd love to hear from you :)