Sunday, May 07, 2006

Crusty Book Cover

I got side-tracked while I was getting ready to do the ironing, and I made this notebook cover:

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The slip-on cover is made from a piece of velvet. The 'crusty' bit started out as a sheet of cellophane gift wrap and a black plastic tablecloth. It was there; the iron was hot: it was the most natural thing in the world to get out the silicone baking parchment.

I layered a piece of the cellophane over a piece of the black plastic. Then I 'ironed' it (by holding the iron as close as I could without touching) between two sheets of baking parchment until it bubbled up, then carried on until some of the bubbles burst. I stitched the results, a melted mess, to the black velvet, made a few more holes and trimmed the edges with a soldering iron for an even 'lacier' effect. Then I embellished with free machine stitching in multicoloured metallic threads. Finally, I added some copper leaf.

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I decorated the edges of the cover with machine wrapped cord, stitched with the same metallic threads, stitched the surplus cords halfway down the spine and knotted the ends.

I didn't get any ironing done!

(Sorry about the poor pictures - had to scan because the boss has left my camera in his office)


Conni said...

This is cool! I love the texture. And thanks for the tutorial. Aren’t you glad you created this little delight instead of doing housework? Years from now, no one will know (or care) if you got the ironing done, but they will see the beautiful things you made.

Sylvie L. pour Boite à couture said...

hello, I am looking your blog for the first time, I love your work and explanations . Excuse me my english's words are very poor !!!

Sonji Hunt said...

The textures are FABULOUS!