Saturday, January 25, 2014

A 'measley' fabric book flies to the US

Hi all,

Yes, me again, ..... at long last.

A couple of years ago, my blogger/FB friend Jennifer Coyne Qudeen posted about some spotty rust dyed fabric she had made. She didn't like the 'measle' spots. I said I really liked them, so she generously sent me the whole piece of fabric - all the way to Oz-  for me to play with.

Of course I procrastinated for over a year, but eventually made some delicious cushion covers to go on my new couch. I didn't want to use up all the fabric as there is still a garment [or part there of] waiting in the wings, so I backed the cushions with some lovely earthy organic fabric I picked up on my last trip to Japan.

The story continues.....My friends Barry and Fiona were heading to New York for December, and catching up with Jennifer, so I got my act together and made a lovely fabric book for her as a 'thank you'.
The book started with various ways to enhance the spotty and circular designs,
  but time was against me, so a few other designs crept in...

and then some 'pages' were a delight just as they were....
Here is the completed book, pages stitched together and bound over satay sticks, then stitched through drilled driftwood with feature wooden beads.
This lovey running stitch on black was part of the card Jennifer sent me with the fabric.
I keep all my gorgeous wabi sabi fabric scraps, so many of them became a cover for the book,
...which wrapped around making a lovely little book bundle.
...and last but not least, my cushion covers which I love SO much.

Thanks Jennifer, Barry and Fiona for facilitating these lovely connections. 


  1. I am forever in awe. And forever thankful that we met...even if is had been only thru the far. The book is so special that I haven't the words to adequately describe my feelings for it. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  2. Absolutley, wonderfully brilliant work; no wonder Jennifer is in awe!

  3. What a brilliant idea and beautifully done.

  4. A thoughtful and generous gift from each of you. Your books are to die for Noela...and I LOVE your cushions.

  5. Where would you like us to take something next??? Happy to assist...

  6. superbe livre..plein de poésie... et la collaboration est exemplaire! doux les coussins!

  7. absolutely wonderful!

  8. N - always lovely to see the gift of giving and sharing between artists - bonds our community. B

  9. This is a very beautiful book. I have some fabrics I have rust dyed, many pieces I haven't been able to bring myself to use! and scraps from projects I couldn't toss. So, this is an idea I might follow up.
    Sandy in the UK

  10. You have created a wonderful beautiful book for your good friend... I believe it is called 'pass it forward...

  11. I absolutely love this book for Jennifer ... stunning work Noela. I imagine she was totally thrilled to receive it back in that form. I love what Donna has said about 'pay it forward'. A beautiful concept.

  12. oh yummy Noela, both book and cushion covers are stunning. I also like
    Donna's term 'pay it forward'

  13. Noela - this was an amazing collaboration - out of the blue obviously - well - out of the rust - it is gorgeous!!