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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 17 February 2022
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782218722
  • Carton Qty: 30
  • Size: 204x260 mm
  • Illustrations: 350
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $23.95
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Daydream Journals


Memories, ideas & inspiration in stitch, cloth & thread by Tilly Rose

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Book Description

Creating unique textile art using vintage cloth and embroidery to record your ideas, thoughts and inspiration.

Textile artists find inspiration all around them from fleeting memories to treasured items, sketches, poems and photographs. But how do you collect and record these precious thoughts and ideas? Tilly Rose shows you how, by creating stunning fabric and paper journals filled with inspiration to spark your creativity. 

A lovingly created journal tells a story. It provides a fascinating glimpse into your world and is a beautiful object in its own right to be cherished by generations to come. There are eight beautiful designs to choose from, incorporating a range of exciting techniques that include layering and collage, hand embroidery, transferring your own designs to cloth, stamping, appliqué, embellishing, patchwork and free motion machine embroidery.

All of the techniques are explained with clear instructions and step-by-step photographs, so even those who are just setting out on their creative journey will find inspiration and all the know-how they need to make their own gorgeous daydream journals.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Inspiration 10
Where to begin 10, Finding everyday inspirations 12, Keeping a daydream journal 14
Taking the first steps 16
Written words 18, Doodles 19, Tools and materials 20, Collecting snippets 22
Techniques 24
Creating pages and backgrounds 24
Working with mother earth 36
Moving on to cloth and thread 48
Essentials for slow stitching 50, Starting to stitch 54
The projects 62
Gatherings 64, Diary of a Fen Gal 70, Meandering Paths 78, An Alchemy of Secrets 84, Tales from a Victorian, Haberdashery 90, Winter Sparkle 96, Jar of Smiles 104, A Fenland Dockey 110, Tilly’s Stitchery 118, Templates 126, Index 128

About the Author

About Tilly Rose

Tilly Rose is a creative mixed-media textile artist, designer, tutor and avid journaller. She is based in the beautiful Cambridgeshire Fens, UK, an area that influences her designs amid her whole ethos of crafting for well-being. She feels deeply connected to Mother Earth and uses her walks within the landscape to inspire her.

Tilly combines traditional sewing techniques with a love of layering cloth, adding textures through surface stitching and embellishing to capture the everyday snippets of life, giving her designs a modern twist but always with a beautiful vintage flavour.

She holds workshops throughout the UK and online, and is a guest presenter on craft TV channels, showcasing her products and needlecraft skills. Tilly hosts textile tours in India and plans to extend this to other countries. She also regularly exhibits at craft shows. This is her fourth book with Search Press.

Visit her website:
Facebook: @Tilly Rose - Textile Artist
Instagram: @tillyrosevintage
YouTube: Tilly Rose Vintage @DiaryofaFenGal
Pinterest: @tilly rose


Craft Focus

Even those who are just setting out on their creative journey will find inspiration and all the know-how they need to make their own gorgeous daydream journals.


A sense of family and relationships, nature, and memories emanates from Rose's special way to journal. With more than just words and doodles, UK-based author Rose (Stitched Memories, 2018) encourages readers to seriously stop, smell, hear, and taste their surroundings as journaling inspiration. She encourages the addition of flowers and other botanicals using methods (some of which she invented) like squishing, petal washing, flower tapping, berry squishing, leaf imprints, and solar dyeing. These techniques are further boosted by creativity with fabric and thread, such as couching and appliqué, all explained with good captions and colour photographs. As for the mystery of putting it all together, plenty of paper clips, safety pins, glue, and other adherents become the foundation for eight projects, most of which are books, like "diary of a fen gal," inspired by nature walks. There's also a "jar of smiles" to hold odds and ends; a scrolled journal; and a purse. Fusing craft and nature, Rose's endeavour emits an otherworldly aura.

Machine Knitting Monthly

Textile artists find inspiration all around them, from fleeting memories to treasured items, sketches, poems and photos. Why not collect and record everything in a stunning journal? These eight designs include techniques such as layering, collage, hand embroidery, transferring designs to cloth, stamping, applique, embellishing, patchwork and free motion machine embroidery.

The Sewing Directory

Daydream Journals by Tilly Rose is jam packed with inspiration for those looking to create mixed media journals. Tilly shares the techniques and inspirations behind her beautiful journals, teaching you how to use fabric, paper, embroidery and natural products like flowers, leaves, berries and twigs to create unique masterpieces.

This book is not so much a step-by-step instruction manual for creating exact replicas of her journals. Rather it is one that gives you the starting point for creating your own unique journals. She shares her sources of inspiration, as well as well as giving advice on finding your own.

Some of the many techniques covered in the book include Indian block printing, flower tapping, solar dying, creating natural dyes, adding embellishments, embroidery stitches, applique and crazy patchwork.

The first half of the book is focused on inspiration and techniques, the second half is project based. The projects are intended more as a starting point, showing you the basic steps for creating the items featured but encouraging you to decide upon the finer details yourself. So that your finished project will be personal and unique.

There are a few different journal projects plus a button jar project and a small embroidered bag. See the collage below for some of the projects from the book. This gorgeous book is sure to have you bursting with inspiration and ready to stitch your own daydream journal in no time!

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