Wednesday, October 10, 2007

This is just a very quick run through of yet another method I have used to make a funky spine for a journal.
This spine is made from a knitting yarn.
Firstly cut a piece of card 2 x 2.5 inches. This makes a nice length of fringe for the width of a spine on an A4 size journal.

Wrap your yarn around the piece of card overlapping slightly each time. I wrapped around 25 times for each length of fringe.
Cut through just one end.
You will have pressed over a couple of inches on the fabric that you are using for the spine. Using the fold line as a guide lay the centre of your fringe along the pressed line. Make sure to keep the ends of yarn within the guidelines of the width of the spine.
Stitching the first layer of fringe to the fold line makes this first row right at the very edge of the spine giving a nice neat appearance.
Now sew through the centre of the fringe twice along the same line. Give the fabric a good shake to get rid of any loose bits of yarn.
Just carry on in this way until you have the depth of fringe that you require.
This is the finished fringe ready to be attached to the journal.
This technique appears to be very fiddly at first but once you get into the rhythm of doing it then it becomes relatively easy.

As I said at the beginning, this is just a very quick explanation of how to achieve this type of fringe. I will put a full explanation of how to create this journal on my website sometime over the weekend along with a tutorial on how to create a pieces of fabric like these.


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15 comments:

Doreen G said...

Thanks Lynda I have been wondering how you did those spines.

Joanna van said...

This is great. Thank you for sharing this with us. This looks like it might be interesting to try on PC edging.
Joanna

Sequana said...

After I saw your first post about funky spines, I realized I had a whole bunch of "noodles" cut from squaring up quilt blocks. They were strips of quarter inch (or so) fabric in such great colors that I had not thrown them away.

So I stitched across the centers as best I could, then attached them to my handmade journal with a piece of narrow ribbon run vertically around the spine.

It looks so great. I should send you a pic, I guess. *S*

Dianne said...

Lynda, thanks so much for the great tutorial. Love your fluffy spines so much!! (I keep touching mine). I definitely read through all your instructions!!

Eva said...

Thankyou for this great tutorial the spines are lovely!!
Eva

Carol said...

The colours on this are gorgeous, and it looks so touchy feely

Emmy said...

thanks Lynda I made one but your way of work is much quicker

Carol said...

Fabulous technique Lynda. The colours are striking and great texture.

Gunnels blog said...

thanks Lynda! What a great tutorial! I have seen the journalbook from you to Dianne! Soo beautiful!!!!

Amy said...

I just came over from Dianne's blog, where I spotted your lovely lime green notebook. I just covered a sketchbook and it needs a fluffy binding. Thanks for the tutorial.

Angelcat said...

Thanks for sharing your techique Lynda. I LOVE your funky fringes!

sharon young said...

What a lovely idea for one of my grandchildren for a little xmas pressy. Many thamks for the tutorial

Kim said...

Great technique. The fabric pieces are so rich looking and your website is looking good!

Waltraud said...

Thank you for showing the technique!

SewDelish said...

This is great. Thanks!