Posted 1st Mar 2018
Welcome spring with a walk in the countryside and be inspired by the great outdoors bursting into life by making delicate flower crafts from foraged finds
Make and stitch a pretty floral notebook for spring sketches, garden planting ideas or a plant diary.
1 Begin by finding a plain notebook. Place the book down in front of you. Measure and make a note of the height of the book and also the width from the front opening of the book around the spine and across the back.
2 Measure the width of the front cover and add around half this measurement to each short edge. This will 7 Appliqué book allow for one fold on each side of the inside cover to hold it in place.
3 Cut a piece of felt to your measurements. Wrap the felt around the book, tuck the excess inside and fold. Hand stitch the folded felt in place across the top and bottom edges of the book to hold.
4 To decorate the book cut a piece of linen that is slightly smaller than the front of the book. Download and print our ‘flower’ template here or send a stamped self-addressed envelope to ‘flower template LLAPR18’, LandLove Magazine, HBMUK, The Tower, Phoenix Square, Colchester, Essex, CO4 9HU.
5 Cut around the petals and the stalk templates with small scissors. The design uses very small pieces of fabric; fabric scraps and offcuts are ideal.
6 Iron fusible interlining onto the back of the fabrics, this will strengthen the fabrics and stop them fraying.
7 Pin the petal template onto a small piece of white linen fabric and the stem onto green fabric.
8 Cut around both paper templates and unpin. Arrange the shapes on the linen and pin in place. Thread an embroidery needle with green embroidery thread and stitch the stem in place on the linen with large running stitches. Rethread the needle with white embroidery thread and stitch on the petals with long stitches, tuck the end of the green stem underneath the white flower petals as you stitch to keep it in place.
9 To finish the flower, stitch several yellow French knots along the top of the petals and then add a few more to make a dome shape. Your French knots don’t need to be perfect; they can vary in size and overlap.
10 We wanted to use our book as a plant diary, to keep note of the flowering times throughout spring so we added a label to the cover. Make the label in the same way as the petals and stem, hand stitch the wording using embroidery thread.
11 To finish, fray the edges of the linen panel, press if required and stitch it to the front of the book cover.
12 Slip the cover on the book and add a useful ribbon for a page marker.