Sunday, September 30, 2012

Just Start

I made my first fabric book yesterday.  This is a direction in book arts that I've been wanting to venture in for a while.  Like most new things that I undertake, I've felt rather overwhelmed by the possibilities here.  But I knew I just needed to begin, with some idea/any idea, and then let it evolve from there.

This is truly a scrap book -- filled with scraps of paper and cloth, and constructed san souci.  The pages were stitched individually then put back to back with Timtex between.  The cover is merely two layers of fabric lightly fused before stitching.  Finished size is 5 x 7 inches.

There are innumerable ways to bind fabric books.  I simply stitched pages and cover together at the left edge.

It always works well for me to make a prototype of sorts when I'm trying something new...even if subsequent creations have little or no relationship to the first piece.  It's merely a starting point.

My next Fiberactions challenge piece, with the theme of neutrals, will be a fabric book.  And I have my idea in mind and fabrics selected.  I know that before I tackle that project, though, there'll be more experimenting with different options in fabric books.


Jeannie said...

I had to look up sans souci. :) What a good phrase! I love what you are doing. I have always been enamored of fabric books, but haven't taken the plunge. I do have a couple of books on making them and one day I hope to dive in.
Have fun!

Irene said...

I like what you've done but I'm sure you're going to surprise us some more. I am impressed with how you did the lettering. No small feat, I'm sure, but the whole book is great. You do dare stick your neck out.

Meg Fowler said...

Love all the books you've been making, Connie! It's something I like to do also. Great idea to do a book for your Fiberactions challenge ... I almost did that one time when I wasn't crazy about the colors we were to use. My challenge piece will also be quite different this time .....

Judy said...

I love it Connie!
I want to start making these for my grandson - almost 2 - as he really loves books!


Els said...

O. Connie, I love this fabric scrap book !
Machine stitched writing is always fun (not so if you (I)have to write múch: then after a bit your hands all of a sudden get cramped and you have to take a break ;-) !)

jenclair said...

Love the way you are using the neutrals in this fabric book! Several years ago, I made a fabric book for my granddaughter using scraps from some of the dress I'd made her.

Jan said...

I can't remember what I was going to say, maybe because I just read the other comments. Oh well.

Nice prototype!