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Book cover

Book cover

I made a sketch book cover for my daughter for her birthday.

Here is the layout I started with. It is 4 times the length of the book. the background is wet in this picture.

And a close up of the base for the flowers. The stems are some hand spun thick and thin wool yarn. The flowers are some super bright trilobal nylon. to this I added some yarn. I forgot to take a picture of that. I just spiraled it around.  The background is wet while I am adding the decorations. The nylon in particular stays put better when the background is wet.

I was not careful to keep the flowers just so. I wanted some distortion, it is more interesting. Next I made the strap for the back of the book. I like this better than two folded over flaps. It means you can put a wider or thicker  book in more easily. I uses some really pretty dragonfly fabric I picked up at a destash sale at my guild for the strap.

For a closure I sewed on a ring and looped the tail through it.

and lastly a shot of the whole thing.

I hope she likes it. She is quite a good sketcher.

Two in One Felt Project

Two in One Felt Project

Last year Zed had sent me a variety of small amounts of embellishment fibers.  I wanted to try them, but wanted a project that would preserve them in a format I could use as a reference for future use.

I had purchased her book HANDMADE FELT BOOK-COVER PROJECT: Everything You Need To Know From Start To Finish. I had never made a book cover so, it seemed an ideal way to combine two projects into one.

http://feltbyzed.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page.html

I had received the journal as a gift for Christmas and while it’s a nice book, I thought I”d dress it up.

I followed Zed’s instructions on planning the layout and made a template adjusting for shrinkage.  I laid out a moss green base and proceeded to place each of the embellishments along with a printed name next to it.

I had some empty spaces so I filled in with some embellishments of my own.

layout

Since it was large the names didn’t come out very well in the photo so I broke it up into three pics – left, center and right.

left sidecenter

 

 

 

 

 

 

right side

After it was felted and fulled, I cut out the strap.  I had more shrinkage than I expected, but since I wasn’t going to use a clip as she recommends I wasn’t concerned and cut a narrower strap then used a velcro closure.

felted

felt and cut 2

Then I did a blanket stitch around the book cover and the strap with some metallic thread. ( I can’t help it, I love the bling!)

finished front
Front
finished back
Back

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

end
Spine

Now it’s a beautiful book which reflects my love for felt and a great reference as to how the embellishments reacted to the felting. Thank you Zed for the embellishments and the terrific ebook!

If you can’t read the tags, I used Zed’s black vicose, crimped nylon, plastic fibre, black bamboo, white viscose, silk noil, acrylic tops, raw Suri alpaca, black nylon, Ingeo (corn), soy top, milk protein, bamboo staple, white Egyptian cotton, and super bright trilobal nylon.  I added locks, yak, mulberry silk, alpaca, tencel, cashmere, wensleydale locks and throwsters waste.

What is your favorite embellishment and why?

 

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