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We spent a wonderful day at The Eden Project during our holiday. I’ve been before but it was all as fresh and new and even more awe-inspiring this time round. So as a textile response, did I soar to the heights of the tree canopy in the rain forest biome?

Eden Project rainforest biome

Quite the reverse, but very much in keeping with the Eden ethos, I feel. 

Eden rusty washer 1

Near the den building area, one of the friends we went with found a chunky, heavily rusted washer on the grass. Knowing how much I love things like this, and the rustier the better, he picked it up for me.

Eden rusty washer 2

I had some rusted soft cotton with me and a scrap of fine, floaty silk in a pale rust colour. They went together beautifully and the washer was attached with long straight stitches in hand dyed turquoise stranded silk thread.

Eden rusty washer 3

I did needle weaving around some of the bars and buttonhole stitched others to vary the density of thread to washer.

Eden rusty washer 5

Then fly stiches around the outside, lining them up with the straight stitch spokes of the washer…Eden rusty washer 4

…and meandering lines of running stitch in a rusty coloured stranded cotton radiating out from the point of the fly stitches to the edge of the fabric.

Eden rusty washer 7

A thing of beauty from a used and discarded object.  A tiny, tiny echo of the ethos of the Eden Project.

 

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We visited the Eden Project while we were on holiday this year.

The Eden Project August 2013

It’s not the first time our family has visited but I don’t think you can ever tire of this amazing place and it’s always very special to introduce people (the friends we went with) who have never been before to a place you love.

I did a serious amount of shopping in the two shops at Eden and came home with a large and very attractive paper carrier bag. I’d also treated myself to a bar of Willie’s Cacao in Stein’s Deli in Padstow which came in a lovely little cardboard sleeve. I couldn’t bear to put either of them in the recycling, so…

Upcycled Eden book 1

I cut the top and bottom out of the chocolate box to make a set of covers and then started to cut the carrier bag into pages.

Upcycled Eden book 2

The paper worked out quite nicely with almost no offcuts into four signatures of four folded pages each.

Upcycled Eden book 3

Upcycled Eden book 4

Incidentally, the starry terracotta balls in the background are night light holders which I fell in love with and bought at Eden. The four signatures sat very nicely inside the cardboard cover…

Upcycled Eden book 5

… and I decided to attach them with a beaded long stitch binding in variegated silk thread.

Upcycled Eden book 6

I like that some of the pages still have the zigzag edges of the top of the bag.

Upcycled Eden book 7

A vintage button, silk buttonhole thread and red ribbon closure.

Upcycled Eden book 8

The finished book.

Upcycled Eden book 9

That was so much fun!!

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