Here it is, Postcards from the Edge, my nature journal artist book featuring photos of sunsets taken from the bluff overlooking Eel River Valley, just a few steps from Rose Cottage.
Before printing the images on good matte photo paper, I tried printing one on fabric, also tried printing an image reversed on a transparency and transferring that to fabric or paper. Neither of those options showed off the magnificence of the actual colors of the sunsets. So it was back to photo paper.
I painted backgrounds on both sides of ten 4-3/4 x 6-1/2 inch pieces of 140# watercolor paper. Then stitched the images on with a wonky zigzag stitch. To get that wonkiness, I used an embroidery foot with the machine set to zigzag, then manually moved the paper back and forth so the stitches would be uneven.
The hinges are stitched on strips of batik fabric.
The title and colophon panels were edge stitched before I glued on the letters and words. Then I mounted them on the reverse sides of the first and last photo, with PVA, to cover the stitching underneath.
In other news, Diane Franklin, awesome shibori dyer and reader of my blog, has produced a wonderful new book called Dyeing Alchemy. Some of my dyed fabric and shibori quilts are featured in the book. But mostly the book displays Diane's magnificent shibori quilts in this great dyeing primer and workbook. Check it out!