A Crafting Life

Hand Felted Norwegian Wool Cork Sketchpad

It’s not often when I start something that I don’t know what it will be when I get going.  So this Hand Felted Norwegian Wool Cork  sketchpad project has a bit of a back story to get into.

Quite often I let my Birthday pass me by without much of a celebration, even more so now that my daughters is 4 days away from mine. Hers will always end up being more special than mine.  So to counteract it this year I decided that I wanted to do something for me.  Learn a new skill.  There is a local wool shop to me Artisan and I go in and marvel at all the pretty colours but as a sewist they don’t normally have much for me.   This was where I decided to celebrate my birthday.

With my Mum!  We booked a day Welt Felting session with Libby to make our own piece of flat felt.  It was brilliant getting to work through the process, adding layer of lovely colourful Norwegian wool bit after bit.  I didn’t really have plan in place of what I wanted to create and choose Autumnal colours to create a swirly abstract piece of felt.  Here is my felt mid creation:

Norwegian Wool Hand felting process - swirls of colour

I took the felt home to ponder its fate.  I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to display it or make it into something.  A decision I sat on for a little while.  Meanwhile Somewhere else I was playing with cork fabric and thought how wonderfully natural it felt.  I paired it up with my wool felt and really loved how they looked together, I also thought that my felt piece had 4 strong corners.  I decided that splitting it up and creating something useful.  A note pad holder was my first thought, using a fabric to line inside and bind it so that a note-book could be inserted.

3 cork pound sketchbook covers

It was when I walked past my bookshelf upstairs for the umpteenth time that I noticed an old leather-bound sketchbook that I had bought from a London market many years ago.  I took it down and was disappointed to see that the leather had got worn and mouldy and even more disappointingly was that I hadn’t even used it.  Inside though were perfectly kept pads of handmade paper in perfect condition that I could repurpose for this project.

3 Norwegian Wool sketch pads with handmade paper showing

It was a good find to find again!  The whole effect feels and looks natural, the hand felted Norwegian wool, the soft flexible colourful cork bound in with hand made effect paper, sewn up by hand with a simple running stitch.  It all just feels and smells lovely.  The perfect sketchpad.  It just makes you want to sketch!

The whole process for these Hand Felted Norwegian Wool Cork sketchpads have been a dream and I have enjoyed working with all these new materials.  I’ll be heading back to Artisan in the future to buy supplies to make more felt pieces. For now though you might be wondering where the 4th corner is?   Well I only had enough cork to make 3 books so I have a spare piece of felt to work with in my future.  I can’t wait.

These Hand Felted Norwegian Wool Cork sketchpads are listed in my etsy shop if you are interested in a purchase?

It’s A Start


There’s been something missing in my world for a couple of years now and its time I give myself a little bit of a nudge and a bit of cyber time to start blogging again. I always used to enjoy it and I think I just burnt myself out with it before.

Before though I had forgotten how much I loved making, sewing, crafting etc. I rarely get through a day now without some kind of needle or craft blade in my hand even if it is just for 5 minutes. Creating things for people excites me, coming up with new design combinations excites me, it’s all just too darn exciting.

Kick starting my blog again though feels like the right time, I want to write again and writing about what I make just seems like a fabulous idea, sharing with you and keeping a record of what I can make along with it.

TwoTinyMakes has existed a fair few years now and is my little baby which I am slowly nurturing into bigger and better things as I tackle the ups and downs of full time parenting my little people. I’m loving it.

So, what am I sewing? Obviously lots of things but the most exciting thing I have come across this past week that I am joining in with is the #scrapbagsampler sewalong. A chance to sew my scraps, learn some new techniques and get to know a few people I’ve never met before over on Instagram. It’s week one at the moment and we had to create a flying geese foundation paper pieced block. I’m no stranger to FFP so it was a doddle to put together and using my precious Alison Glass fabric scraps I am in colour heaven:

4 litle blocks of flying geese triangles

Of course I jumped on the 2 size options, one being Tiny. This wouldn’t be TwoTinyMakes without a tiny make on the go!! I’m really looking forward to following this sewalong through and getting to know the ladies who have organised it. I’ll keep you updated as and when.

Thanks for stopping by, as I said this is a strart and I plan to keep adding to my blog over time.  For now though it’s time for me to go and get the kids to bed, night night