Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Making Books

On Sunday I made a stitched spine book at a 'Living Threads' workshop near where I live. I stitched all the pages together then weaved (wove?)into them with a variety of threads that matched my chosen fabric. I made the end papers by screwing up purple tissue, ironing it onto bondaweb and thin card and finally rubbing over with Treasure Gold.
To make covers, I padded the fabric before glueing onto heavy card. The images on the front are from Artchix collage sheets.

I visited Rosie for a couple of days last week and made a fabric journal with her. (I also made something else which I'll show you tomorrow!)

It's strengthened with pelmet vilene and I machine stitched around the edges (about 4 times before I was happy with it!) I've just noticed the front isn't straight...oooops!! I'll put that right tomorrow ( I should have chosen plain fabric!!)


crissi said...

oh linda the book is beautiful and the fabric journal your so very clever and amazingly talented.

crissi xx

LazyKAY said...

WOW, that book is terrific! I love it and the wallet thingy too - but the book's definitely my favourite of these two pieces.

I've finally got my hands on an old sewing machine, so I may be attempting a wallet/bag affair sometime soon (and will be careful not to choose stripes as straight lines and I just don't go together at all).



magpie said...

Linda You finished your books....
I am very impressed...
The journal book looks good.... with the pens and things in. A great technique.

Gosh you have been so good with that cover.. Loved the fabric before.... but you have done yourself proud my girl the spine really goes well...

I must do mine you put me to shame

Sharon xx

~Barb~ said...

Wow! I just found your blog and I am so in love with everything you do! You're fabulous and so is your art.

I will definitely be back, over and over again! lol

Peace & Love,

Jaqi said...

Wow Linda, another magnificent example. The journal is stunning I adore the colours , just wonderful.
The wallet looks very handy too , you are very clever. Lovely work, really lovely. Jaqi x

Judy S. said...

I love 'em both, Linda!

Dot said...

Linda - you never cease to amaze (and inspire) me with your art. The fabric book is stunning! You sent me some of that delicious fabric a while back and I adore it.

It suits the ladies image perfectly!

Look forward to seeing what else you have made tomorrow. I am sure you and Rosie had the best time together.

Dot xx

Dot said...

P. S Love the image of the baby in the flower (adorable).

sesga loves 1950s said...

I Love the Book, its Soooooo Stunning !!
You are soooooooooo Clever .
I also love the fabric journal too .

I bet you and Rosie had a fab weekend .

Im looking forward to what you have to show us tomorrow !!!

I adore your blog you are sooooooooooooooooo Talented .

Thanks for sharing .
Love and a big hug from sesga xx

Rosie said...

That stitched books is so beautiful - love the colours you chose! The wallet journal turned out well too didn't it? Who's a clever girl then?

Shashi Nayagam said...

What a gorgeous book. I was waiting for your eye candy.

LaY hOoN said...

OOh boy, i love seeing the handmade book. Not too sure whether will you put them as one of the challenge in ABAD ?

morningDove said...

your work caught my attention. love the journal book and the cover is exquisite.

Stempelchaotin said...

OMG OMG OMG what a stunning book. So lovely work and fabulous idea. This is excellent. Love them.

My Journey to Hope said...

I'm amazed at your book! I would never think to do that, and I'm still not really sure how you did! Really beautiful!


Viola said...

All your artwork is sooo stunning, Linda! Have a wonderful weekend! :o)