I have the next simple stitching piece all framed up ready to go.
But I am behind on my 'Stitch Club' lessons. The death of my dog and my problem tooth has upset my whole world. So, I decided that I wouldn't follow all the instructions that Mandy Puttello gave. I decided that I would make this concentina book my way. There are all these wonderful arty pieces up in the facebook page, mine isn't arty at all.
I started with the idea that I would fill the book with images of my favourite things. Number one being old embroidery. I then cut a strip from one of the tablecloths that I want to use for recycling.
Guess what, it wasn't the size given, but I used it any way. It just meant that I had to re-invent how the book folded.
Then I found some old fabric that I had used in some class or other I was teaching that had prints of lots of things I like. I cut these out and put them next to the embroidery slip stitching them into place.
The material in the table cloth was some kind of rayon mix, a bit slippery so I decided to line it with a cotton fabric. Now, I could have used a more arty fabric but as this little book is about some of my favourite things I choose pink fabric, my favourite colour. Not trendy or arty at all but I like it, so in it went.
I cut the fabric with my wavy roller cutter and machined it in place. On the top edge I wrote " some of my favourite thing" over and over and on the bottom edge I listed all the things I had included in the little book. Emotionally that gave me a good feeling, just writting them down made me feel good.
Then I had to work out how to tie the ends off as it didn't fold the way it should. I decided to put a button and loop on one side and tie it off on the other. I got my bag of threads that I had bought in Guatemala, I bought them for embroidery but they are really meant for weaving.
I selected all the pink threads and decided on the shiney one. This was sold as silk but I'm sure it is rayon and it is untwisted. Twisted thread is something we take for granted, winding it onto a holder was a challenge. It acted just like flat silk, catching on my fingers and nails. What a trial. Crocheting the cord was also interesting. (There has to be some kind of tool that helps you twist thread.)
The embroidery on the front cover is a copy of a design that I saw on a tablecloth from Sri Lanka. ( The math used for dividing up the edge is actually very complicated .) Then I got out my button box and the butterfly yelled 'use me'. I didn't want to add anything to the back cover, so I didn't.
This book thing isn't really me but the exercise made me think and I did like writing down the things I like and maybe in the future some family member might look at it and say "Gee she liked some weird things!!"