Wednesday, July 02, 2008

journaling

I don't think that I have ever mentioned it here, but I also like to needlepoint. Always in the summer. Mostly because it is one of those things that is easy to transport.  And it just doesn't seem as hot as my yarn.
I recently purchased a project that I just had to share.
They are sold by AMH design, as kits (or not) and make it super easy because you have everything that you need put together for you.  Two needles, a threader, scissors, the fibers, and the journal.  
You can also buy just the journal, and choose your own colors, from your own stash.  I recommend buying one kit first.  Therefore you have a pattern to follow.
I bought one kit.  And one journal.  My sister came to town, and we chose colors, from my stash, for our non-kitted journal.  Yikes, some organization would help.
I purchased the canvas from a fabulous store, Pins and Needles.  (They sell needlepoint AND yarn.  How great is that?)
This is the one my sister made.  
The one I made for Libby.
And the one I made for myself.  
100 unlined blank pages.  I love unlined.  And I love blank.  
Just waiting to be filled with lists, ideas and thoughts.
It's July already.  Slow down, summer.

52 comments:

kim said...

You have no idea how much I love this. I have a feeling many kits will be ordered today!

Marimi said...

This a very great summer-portable project, and the result is beautiful

Wen said...

How lovely! I love that you made them together!

Adrienne said...

Very, very cute!

Stacey said...

very cute! i l love unlined also - opens up all sorts of possibilities!

i feel like when july 4th comes, summer is over - the rest of it is such a blur!

Elizabeth said...

What a great kit/idea. And the sight of all those beautifully coloured threads just made me want to pull up a chair and join you.

sheepish one said...

creativity pours from your blog. thanks.
happy july.

Knitterella said...

That is so cool! I love that - I should get two and have my niece and I work on that together. Thanks for the link!

and if you haven't heard or seen the kits that Jennifer Pudney does check it out:

http://www.jenniferpudney.com/

I've done two of these and that reminds me, I should do more. I really like the whimsical feel and bright colors.

(HEY, I just bought that grey Anthropology ruffled cardi you are wearing - don't you just love it!)

leslie said...

love them. all. one more thing to add to your list of amazing. creative. talents.

Blooming said...

Those are beautiful. I love the colors. What a great idea for a portable summer project. I like to sew but I can only do it while my toddler is napping but this I can see myself doing while I "watch" him playing outside this summer.

Found you via a little goodness.

Knitterella mentioned Jennifer Pudney. I have done two of her kits, they're great.

Jane said...

What a great gift idea! Thanks for the idea! jane

KeanaLee said...

Yeah really can you beleve it's jUly I felt like school just let out! Love the journals...Libby's is adorable!

mle said...

Those are so cute!
I agree...slow down summer!! time seems to fly when you're having fun.

kristen said...

Thanks for another great idea! I absolutely LOVE your blog...you are an inspiration! I will be making some of these journals as gifts and one for myself....I keep a journal for my daughter so she can read about her childhood when she gets older.

Ella said...

Oh my gosh - what a *GREAT* idea! I love journals - anything I can make a list or write lyrics in is fabulous in my book (sorry, bad pun). I am so totally ordering one of these today. I love that you made them together, and the colors! Yum yum yum!

Knit - R - Done said...

I have a bunch of needlepoint, but I have no idea what to do with it. Very cute.

Julie said...

What a cute summer project!

Wannabe said...

OMG! I NEEEEEEED this.

Philigry said...

yes, slow way down summer.
I love your journal!

Heart and Hands said...

LOVE THIS!!! Thank you so much for sharing about it. Now I have something to make as "guy" presents for Christmas. I'm so excited!

Denise said...

What a great craft to do. The journals look lovely. Great for gifts at Christmas too :)
All is well in the eye departement, thanks for thinking of me. I will be back to posting soon and knitting is still under way :)
Have a great day.

amandajean said...

these journals are soooo great!

Nell said...

I just ordered one. Thanks for the great project! I'm really excited for a new hobby. (as if I need another one!)

TLCknits said...

love the idea.. dang.. i haven't done needlepoint in decades...

Kathy said...

Oh, I LOVE this, Leslie. I am going to make one for my daughter too!

Queen of the froggers said...

They are fabulous, what a great idea. I will look out for them in the UK as I fear shipping will be a bit pricey! Thank you for discovering these for us :)

Sandy said...

Oh my! I SO love this, Leslie. But the last thing I need is another project or craft on my to do list. I have so many ideas, but so few of them come to be. :)
I love the ones you and your sister did. The colours are great.

Windy Knitty said...

Love! How much fun picking out the custom colors, too. Needlepoint is one craft I haven't tried. You've picqued my interest though:)

Alyssa said...

I love it! I used to needlepoint all the time. I shuld do it again but I don't have time for anymore hobbies...or do i?

Yarn It said...

Such a wonderful idea! The journals are gorgeous and personal. I think my daughter and I both need one!

LizKnits said...

Love those... the colors look great!

L'Atelier said...

really nice little project! And so practical too!

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e.soule said...

Pretty!

La Cabeza Grande said...

I'm a fan of blank books, too. What a wonderful way to personalize a gift for yourself or a friend.

zebraknits said...

Leslie!!!!You are so creative. I would take one of those journals for myself. You have inspired me to do some needlepoint. I am yet to organise my embroidery floss into bobbins but maybe that's a start. Yes, summer is the perfect time, especially when you get some help from Libby!

xoxo

Kristyn Knits said...

leslie, stop!! we can't keep up with your creative spirit. I LOVE your blog and am inspired by you each time I visit.

thanks.

erin said...

great - another craft i need to learn!
seriously, these are so cute.

Meggie said...

Love the green one, is it Libby's? The cantaloupe in the previous post looks like what Mom and I had in Vero...lots of good fruit!

Jess said...

My, you can do everything- and so exquisitely! I am so amazed every time you post something. I admire your many skills.

nova said...

Over the course of the last three days I have wound 75 bobbins of embroidery floss and started 2 different projects. It's addictive. I really like the journal projects here, thanks for linking to the kits!

MadMad said...

Well, thankfully, this is one project on which you can't hook me - I am HOPELESS about not tangling thread. That said, these are too darned cute, and I have a friend looking for a beginner needlepoint project, so I'm going to send her by...

Molly said...

Yes, slow down summer! :)

What a fun project!

Louise said...

What a lovely modern version of needlepoint. I have always enjoyed doing it but don't like many of the patterns. I particularly like your one with the red/blue/brown combo - yum! And a blank, no line journal - one of my favourite things in the world.

JL said...

Oh lovely.

Knit & Purl Mama said...

Love what you did with the journals - what a great idea!

Berlinswhimsy said...

Ah yes, I say slow down summer while secretly feeling anxious for Fall--my favorite! ;-)

Your needlepoint is wonderful! It is something I have yet to try but I truly admire other's work. Those journals are a great way to dive right in!

I've been spending my hot days crocheting with hemp lately---anything but wool!Gasp!

tiennie said...

You never fail to amaze me! Those are so cute!!

Seanna Lea said...

I used to do a lot of cross-stitch before I got into knitting (I'm cold almost all the time, so knitting with wool in the summer isn't so bad for me).

These are cute, and it combines two great loves: paper and stitching!

Gigi said...

What a fantastic project! I may have to make one myself. =-)

amanda said...

You're the second blogger this week to get me thinking about needlepoint! I'd just been thinking how unlikely it is that I'll do it again now that I'm knitting, and now I see this! eek! must keep focused!

Alisha said...

What a cute idea....definatly on my to do one day list!

Great stuff!