Daydream Journals by Tilly Rose

SKU: 9781782218722


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 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 our own well-being. She feels deeply connected to Mother Earth and uses her walks within the landscape to inspire her.

She 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. She has hosted textile tours in India and there are plans to extend this to other countries.

Tilly is very active on Facebook can also be found on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. She regularly exhibits at craft shows and exhibitions, as well as attending many online gatherings. Visit her website at

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