Hand-made Journals with tea-dyed pages

I have just finished making these journals.

The covers are from fabrics that I hand-dyed and the images are photos that I have taken. The poppy and the tree leaning over the water are from Monet’s Garden in Giverny (France); the third photo features Bunya trees from the Bunya Mountains (South-East Queensland)

I played with the photos in Adobe Photoshop Elements program and added layers so that they look more like paintings or art images than photos. Then I printed the images on fabric.

I used my Simplicity Rotary Cutting and Embossing machine to deckle the edges of the images, before adding them to the covers of the journals.

I used 4 threads and twisted them together for the ties.

The inside pages are made from tea-dyed paper.

This is how I tea-dyed the paper

I lined an oven tray with Alfoil and then placed a sheet of paper on top of the foil.

Then I made up a bowl of black tea, using 3 or 4 tea bags.

Obviously the stronger the tea, the darker the stain on the paper.

I didn’t make mine too strong.

I used a paint brush (about an inch wide) to paint the tea on the paper.

After the first side of the paper is coated in tea, I lifted it very carefully and turned it over.

The paper gets quite wet, so be careful turning it – it can easily tear.

After heating the oven to 120 degrees Celsius (248 degrees F), I placed the tray in the oven for 2 minutes.

If you work with 2 trays of foil and paper, one will be ready to come out of the oven when the next one is ready to go in.

I left the sheets to dry overnight and then ironed them with a dry iron to flatten them.

These are the complete Signatures, ready to be sewn into the journal covers.

A Signature is the little booklet of pages that goes to make up a larger book.

I used 5 sheets of paper for each – lay 5 sheets on top of one another and then folded them in the middle. Ironed the fold.

I used 4 Signatures to make each Journal.

Hope you are inspired to make some tea-dyed pages!

Cheers, Lyn

Rope Bowls

I enjoyed making these rope bowls. I saw them first when a friend from Queensland Quilters had some to show. She also did a demonstration for us later in the year.

I bought the cotton rope from Bunnings and added some paint splashes to it before stitching it into bowls.

It looked a lot better after it was stitched.

These bowls are so quick and easy to  make.

I gave some as Christmas presents.

More Bowl Wraps

I have made some more bowl wraps!  Just love these fabric bowls! They are so useful.

I am using them to put bowls of soup or pasta in the microwave, collect the eggs from the chickens. I have given several away for presents. Also use one on the kitchen bench to hold assorted stuff.

They are quick and easy and fun to make!

I used batik fabrics and backed them with cotton batting/wadding. They work beautifully!

The quilting designs and the instructions for making these easy fabric bowls are up on the website.


52 Shades of Quilting

KennyKreations is combining with Bernina and Bowerbird Fabrics to produce this beautiful quilt.

We are using Nick’s Surf Mist colorway pack of 12 fat quarters, plus some additional Celestial blue fabric for the sashing and borders.

This quilt has 52 blocks, and because we need to get some practice with our new copy of Bernina’s Embroidery Software – Designer 8, we are digitizing 52 different quilting patterns.

All of the blocks will be embroidered in the hoop and stitched together quilt-as-you-go, with 1/2″ sashing.

Block sizes are 4 x 4″, 8 x 8″, 4 x 8″, 12 x 4″

Stay tuned for fabric details and quilting blocks.




I have now stitched four of the quilt blocks

Stitched together, quilt-as-you-go, with 1/2″ Sashing