Travelling Moleskine

August 14th 2009katie

Travelling moleskine
I was recently asked by The Culture Vulture (a rather excellent website promoting cultual goings-on in Yorkshire) to take part in their Travelling Moleskine project. The concept is pretty simple: they send out dozens of Moleskine sketchbooks each with a theme, which the recipient then has to fill a page in, and pass on to another doodler. Then at the end they all get returned and there’s a big exhibition of all the finished books in October. Lovely idea which I was very happy to be involved with. I received the ‘Crafty’ themed book rather appropriately, and here’s what I did on my page.

My page in the Travelling moleskine

My page in the Travelling moleskine

My page in the Travelling moleskine
As you can see, I decided to try out some paper embroidery. As I’d never done it before, it could easily have messed up the whole book right from the start but luckily it turned out pretty well.

I found the quotation (if you can’t read it, it says ‘The lyfe so short, the craft so long to lerne’) online somewhere, it’s attributed to Chaucer but I found it appropriate to me too – so many crafts, so little time to learn and practice. It appeals to my graphic designer side as well; the typography style is influenced by my hero, Herb Lubalin.

Some bits came out a little squiffy but overall I’m happy with how my page turned out. It feels lovely and tactile from the raised stitches.

Now to find someone to pass the book onto…!

More photos including work in progress on my Flickr.

Comments (21)

  • Katherine Woodfine

    August 14th 2009 at 4:32 pm

    This is really beautiful! Hope I'm going to be able to come up with something as good for my travelling moleskine…

  • Mary Corbet

    August 14th 2009 at 4:49 pm

    I love this! The page looks terrific! Embroidery on paper is great fun, isn't it? Love the quote!

  • kim

    August 14th 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Oh! This turned out really well! I love the colours you picked, too!

  • Emma Culture Vulture

    August 14th 2009 at 5:38 pm

    It is beautiful, thank you for being so brave! Everyone is experiencing the horrors of the perfect first page of a virgin moleskine!
    Lots of love

  • Meg

    August 14th 2009 at 9:16 pm

    I love it! Know of a good tutorial for embroidering on paper?

  • Corvus

    August 15th 2009 at 1:47 pm

    I've wanted to get involved in something like that ever since I saw the 1000 journals project ( ). Your page is fantastic!

  • Nikki

    August 15th 2009 at 6:59 pm

    That is sooo gorgeous!

  • louloulovesbooks

    August 16th 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Nice it

  • Liz

    August 17th 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Beautiful! (I hope the next person to receive it isn't as intimidated as I would be by seeing such a perfect thing on the first page!)

  • TalesOC

    August 18th 2009 at 6:37 am

    Awesome idea! Very creative! I'd never have thought to do something like that with a moleskine, but then again, I'm not much into stitching anyway. Heh.

  • Pam

    August 18th 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Wow… I love seeing projects like that, but I have never found one that is open… I guess I just have to keep my eyes open.

  • Markane

    August 19th 2009 at 8:21 am

    Good Job!!! I'd like introduce to a very intersting event in Amsterdam.
    It's hold at the beginning of September each year. The International Broadcasting Convention is along with the Las Vegas NAB show, the most important yearly meeting of the television, broadcasting and digital cinema professionals of the whole world.

  • Anony-mom

    August 19th 2009 at 9:23 am

    What kind of camera do you use?

    Your photos are beautiful.

  • nycrun

    August 20th 2009 at 2:09 am

  • Freck

    August 21st 2009 at 5:46 pm

    This is fantastic!! Nice job!

  • MultiKulti

    August 23rd 2009 at 7:59 am


    I just opened a new shop on Etsy.
    Please visit my shop and you may find things you like there!

    Thank you very much.
    Have a wonderful day. :D

  • stancesandstitches

    August 24th 2009 at 2:54 am

    I found this via MrXStitch, and can I just say – where have you been all my life? I love your idea and execution beyond words.

  • Laure

    August 24th 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Your embroidery is lovely! And the quote so true! I myself am totally overwhelmed by my desires: sewing, drawing, embroidery, photography, and so many others!!!! I need two or three lives at least! :)

    Lovely blog, I'll follow…

  • Happy Place Design

    September 2nd 2009 at 1:04 am

    Your embroidery is so pretty!!

  • Princess Poochie

    October 29th 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Now I need to know if you will do one for me???

  • Lauren S

    November 12th 2009 at 8:48 pm

    I'd be so honoured if you passed it onto me!!! I'm a graphic designer living in Venice, California and could see myself treating a page to some lovely lettraset!!

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