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This stitchable leather travel journal with world map design can be sewn to record your travels! Mark everywhere you've been in thread.
This stitchable leather travel journal with world map design can be sewn to record your travels! Mark everywhere you've been in thread.
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The Stitch-able Travel Notebook is the essential crafty accessory for any globe-trotting adventurer. This unique journal not only allows you to write down all your travel memories, it also lets you record your journeys across this planet with colourful stitches. 

Sew, where have you been...?

The beautiful genuine leather cover is printed with a gold map, and is specially perforated so that it is easy to stitch. Simply add crosses to record your trips by land, air and sea. 

 The notebook evolves as you travel and mark off new destinations.

Whether you add simple crosses or get more creative stitching patterns or text, your notebook will be like no-one else's. Showing your unique travels across the planet.  

Add arrows to pinpoint each destination...
Add arrows to pinpoint each destination...
Or colour co-ordinate your trips & even add text
Or colour co-ordinate your trips & even add text
Wrap the plane around the world to secure
Wrap the plane around the world to secure

A travel journal is the most wonderful way to record all the musings, anecdotes and ideas that you have when embarking on a trip or holiday. Fill the pages with tickets, maps, sketches and stories so that you can always look back on the experience. 

In this fast-paced technological world, it’s nice to slow down – use your hands, put pen to paper and needle through fabric.

The leather cover is removable so each trip can be stored in a new notebook. Capture years of memories by building up your own travel library.

Extra refill notebooks are available by adding £7 to your pledge (and will continue to be available from Chasing Threads after the campaign) or you can use any other A5 notebook refill - so you can continue to fill new Travel Notebooks for years to come.

  • Genuine leather cover printed with gold world map
  • Elasticated pen holder
  • 'Round the world' tie cloing
  • A5 notebook with 120 x lined pages (100 gsm)
  • 'Date' and 'Location' headers on each page 
  • Comes with 2m emerald & 3m gold thread & 1 x needle
Stitch Travel Notebook will come packaged with 2 x threads & 1 needle
Stitch Travel Notebook will come packaged with 2 x threads & 1 needle
Wrap the plane around the world and keep the book secure
Wrap the plane around the world and keep the book secure
The perforated leather is easy to stitch - suitable for beginners
The perforated leather is easy to stitch - suitable for beginners
Use the notebook as a journal or scrapbook for your travels
Use the notebook as a journal or scrapbook for your travels
The notebook is section stitched for longevity
The notebook is section stitched for longevity
Inner cover is embossed with gold text
Inner cover is embossed with gold text
Elasticated pen holder keeps notebook & pen stored together
Elasticated pen holder keeps notebook & pen stored together

Designed and ready to manufacture, these unique notebooks are ready to be ordered. But investing in a new product isn't cheap and that's where you come in. With your help, I can raise the money for their production and get these into the world, and off on some amazing adventures!

If you like the idea, and you’d want to fill your cover with stitches and your pages with memories, then please do pledge or share with your travel loving friends! You can also grab yourself other items from the Chasing Threads collection as a reward, which all adds towards the funding total.

These would make a great Christmas gift, arriving in plenty of time for the festive season. Or, invest in the Globe-trotter Bundle and you would have Christmas sewn up…?! 

Though the Stitch Travel Notebook is a new product, I have been selling the other items from the collection for over 18 months and have received some lovely reviews. Here are a few of my favourites...

If you’re got time, I’ll take you allll the way back, because it’s interesting how ideas evolve and can lead somewhere you never expected. 

2015 Back at the start of 2015 I went on a road-trip with my boyfriend (let’s call him Foster...) from Las Vegas, across the Joshua Tree desert to LA, then up the coast to San Francisco. It was an awesome trip and pretty special driving through the Mojave desert in our rented Mustang. 

A map and the open road, Joshua Tree
A map and the open road, Joshua Tree

For Foster's next birthday I got a little crafty, and stitched the road map that we’d used to navigate the whole way with some colourful thread to mark the route we’d taken. It made a pretty nice gift and he was chuffed since he loves maps. We framed it and it still hangs in our living room. 

My stitched USA road map
My stitched USA road map

From there this idea of stitching your travels and using thread to show a journey hugely appealed to me. Paper was fragile so I started looking at alternatives… 

2016 The idea for the fabric Cross Stitch Map was born and quirky gift company, Suck UK, where I worked at the time, started to manufacture them. These caught the imagination of many others, being stocked in Urban Outfitters, John Lewis, Uncommon Goods & many more.

Cross Stitch wall map I designed for Suck UK
Cross Stitch wall map I designed for Suck UK

2017  I left Suck to start developing my own products and started to experiment with ‘stitchable’ maps in new materials and different products. 

First samples of the stitchable range made from cotton and leather
First samples of the stitchable range made from cotton and leather

I launched Maid In China Ltd (did I mention I like puns), manufacturing ceramic products & homeware, as well as the first batch of passport covers & luggage tags.

2018 The collection of passport covers & luggage tags grew to form a bigger range and it became necessary to give them their own sub-brand. Hello: Chasing Threads.

 If you'd like to buy multiples or more than one reward, simply add that extra amount onto your main pledge. For example, for 2 x Early Bird Notebooks, pledge £70. Or for a Luggage Tag and a Notebook pledge £55 in the Notebook reward section.
If anything is unclear, please do send me a message and I can help :)

(Usual RRP: £42.50)
Navy Stitch-able Travel Notebook £35 Early Bird /  £39 After

Kraft Notebook Refill £7 (No leather cover)
(Or add £7 to your pledge to include a refill with your other pledge)

Grey Stitch-able Luggage Tag £20

 Brown Stitch-able Luggage Tag £20

(Usual RRP: £25)

Navy Stitch-able Passport Cover £24

 Grey Stitch-able Passport Cover £24

Brown Stitch-able Passport Cover £24

 Mint Stitch-able Passport Cover £24

Natural Stitch-able Tote Bag £25

Navy Stitch-able Tote Bag £25

London: 23rd September 3-6pm. Includes a Prosecco Afternoon Tea and a Luggage Tag or Passport Cover of your choice. Details and central London location to follow.

Hong Kong: 7th October 3-6pm. Includes a Prosecco Afternoon Tea and a Luggage Tag, Passport Cover or Tote Bag of your choice. Details to follow.

You choose the products (up to value £110) and I will stitch them with initials, flags, patterns or countries visited.. You decide! It will arrive boxed in the exclusive Chasing Threads gift box, a beautiful, unique gift or hamper.

         
                         

Maid In China Ltd / Chasing Threads is proud to be a member and support the aims and objectives of the trade organisation ACID (Anti Copyright in Design). All Maid In China designs are supported by ACID through their Copyright & Design Databank and ACID Marketplace.

Risks and challenges

I am confident in providing on-time delivery of high-quality products. Of course when it comes to making new designs there can be slight delays with production, but I have worked this into my timeline and am confident I can fulfill the Stitch Travel Notebooks as marked and in time for Christmas.
The notebook covers will be manufactured by a trusted supplier that I have been working with since launching 2 years ago. After months of sampling, we're both happy with the final iteration, which is signed off and ready for production. I’ve already developed 4 different products with them in 7 different colour options and I regularly visit them to catch up on progress and check quality (and share dim sum). There’s no question of their quality and efficiency and I know that the final product will match the production sample that is shown in the video and images.

The Stitch Passport Covers, Luggage Tags, Travel Wallets & Tote Bags are already complete and ready to ship, so these rewards will be sent out as soon as funding is successfully completed. Please see each individual reward for delivery dates.

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    Pledge £2 or more About $2.52

    Thank you! & Chasing Threads Collective

    Become a member of the Chasing Threads community - helps with Chasing Threads product decisions, get first access to product launches & offers to future discounts and specials.

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    Kraft Travel Notebook (No leather cover)

    Get a Chasing Threads travel notebook (no leather cover) and support this project. This can also be added to your purchase as a 2nd refill if you add £7 to the pledge total.

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    Stitch your own Luggage Tag

    Grab yourself a Stitch-able Luggage Tag and support this new project.

    The real leather tag is specially perforated so it’s a blank canvas to be cross-stitched with a unique design. It comes with ‘travel’ needle and threads (on a cute aeroplane board!). Stitch with initials, a country flag or bespoke design to create a personalised label.

    Available in brown (with teal & emerald thread) or grey (with orange & coral thread).
    Choose your colours at the end of the campaign in the survey :)

    To add a Luggage Tag to another reward, simply add £20 to the pledge total.

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    Stitch Where You've Been Passport Cover

    Grab yourself a Stitch-able passport cover and support this new project.

    Show off your extensive world travels with this ‘Stitch where you’ve been’ passport cover.

    Available in grey (with orange thread), brown (with emerald thread), navy (with gold thread) or mint (with navy thread).
    Choose your colour at the end of the campaign in the survey :)

    To add a Passport Cover to another reward, simply add £24 to the pledge total.

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    Stitch Where You've Been Tote Bag

    Grab yourself a Stitch-able Chasing Threads Tote Bag and support this new project.

    Available in natural (with emerald thread) or navy (with gold thread). Choose your colour at the end of the campaign in the survey :)

    To add a Tote Bag to another reward, simply add £25 to the pledge total.

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    **Early Bird Stitch-able Notebook**

    Super early bird deal! (Usual RRP will be £42.50) Order before 23.59 on 27th August.

    Grab yourself the main event: a Navy Leather Stitch Travel Journal.

    Includes leather cover, kraft notebook, needle & 2 colour threads (emerald & gold).

    Dont forget to add £7 to the pledge if you'd like to get a 2nd refill notebook add-on.

    Includes:
    • Stitch-able Travel Notebook & leather cover + needle & 2 threads
    • 'Aeroplane' needle & 2 colour threads (gold & emerald)
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    **Stitch-able Travel Notebook**

    Grab yourself the main event: a Navy Leather Stitch Travel Journal.

    Includes leather cover, kraft notebook, needle & 2 colour threads (emerald & gold).

    Dont forget to add £7 to the pledge if you'd like to get a 2nd refill notebook add-on.

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    Crafternoon Tea - London

    Join me in London for a relaxed afternoon of stitching and a Prosseco high tea, and leave with your own personalised leather accessories. We’ll have all the materials you need and threads in every colour, so you can choose whatever you like, or recreate the ‘rainbow’ effect shown below. I’ll be there in person to guide and inspire your creations, to help plan your designs, thread your needles, and create something you love (even if you’re new to stitching!)

    Come and meet new people or bring friends to catch up and share ideas over a lovely afternoon of stitching (bitching optional).

    Includes Prosecco, tea/coffee, afternoon tea and 1 x passport cover or 1 x luggage tag of your choice, with all threads & extras.

    23rd September 3-6pm. Central London venue to be confirmed.

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    Crafternoon Tea - Hong Kong

    Join me in Hong Kong for a relaxed afternoon of stitching and a Prosseco high tea, and leave with your own personalised leather accessories. We’ll have all the materials you need and threads in every colour, so you can choose whatever you like, or recreate the ‘rainbow’ effect shown below. I’ll be there in person to guide and inspire your creations, to help plan your designs, thread your needles, and create something you love (even if you’re new to stitching!)

    Come and meet new people or bring friends to catch up and share ideas over a lovely afternoon of stitching (bitching optional).

    Includes Prosecco, tea/coffee, afternoon tea and 1 x passport cover or 1 x luggage tag of your choice, with all threads & extras.

    7th October 3-6pm. Venue to be confirmed.

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    Pledge £59 or more About $74

    Traveller combo = Notebook + Passport

    Grab a Stitch Travel Journal + Stitch Passport Cover to support this project (Usual RRP £67.50)

    Choose your Passport Cover colour at the end of the campaign in the survey :)

    Includes:
    • Stitch-able Passport Cover with 1 colour thread & needle
    • Stitch-able Travel Notebook & leather cover + needle & 2 threads
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    Globe-Trotter bundle!

    Get the whole Chasing Threads range!

    If you're a serious traveller (or you'd like to give some seriously cool travel gifts), then sign up for the Globe-trotter bundle & get one of everything!

    Stitch Luggage Tag + Stitch Tote Bag + Stitch Passport Cover + Stitch Travel Wallet + Stitch Travel Notebook (Usually RRP £185)

    Choose your colours at the end of the campaign in the survey :)

    Includes:
    • Stitch-able Passport Cover with 1 colour thread & needle
    • Stitch-able Luggage Tag with needle & 2 colour threads
    • Stitch-able Tote Bag with needle & thread
    • Stitch-able Travel wallet with needle & 2 threads
    • Stitch-able Travel Notebook & leather cover + needle & 2 threads
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    Pledge £250 or more About $315

    Luxury stitched set for non-stitchers!

    This one is for those that love the idea but cannot imagine having to thread their own needle (trust me you're missing out!)... but no problem - I will stitch the products for you!

    I will get in touch to find out exactly what you want to be stitched on your accessories, taking a record of where you've visited to mark your travels, and help you decide on your bespoke set of Chasing Threads products. I will hand-stitch whatever we choose and send you the collection in an exclusive 'Chasing Threads' gift box, well in time for Christmas.

    This is ideal for someone that wants to buy these to make meaningful gifts, or create a lovely set for themselves, but would not know where to start with cross-stitch.

    You will be able to choose a selection of any of the products (up to value of £110) - For example:
    1 x Stitch Luggage Tag
    1 x Stitch Passport Cover
    1 x Stitch Tote Bag
    1 x Stitch Travel Notebook

    Free shipping.

    Coming gift-wrapped and hand-sewn, this would make a lovely wedding / honeymoon gift or heartfelt Christmas present.

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    Retailers Incentive

    Be one of the first stores to sell the Stitch Notebook Covers! I will also include a pre-stitched sample for your in-store retail display or in-house photography.

    Pack of 24 Travel Notebooks
    *Only available for retailers

    Includes:
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