Saturday, 14 March 2009

Silk Route...


I made this silk book cover a little while ago with the intention of selling it but I just could not bring myself to list it! I do tend to get attached to items that I have worked on in special materials. However, if I am to to develop a little business then I am going to have to get less sentimental about parting with items I have made. That is why I like commissions, as I know it is not going to stay with me and that a new home is waiting.

Using silk was a bit of a challenge and care is needed, such as using a brand new machine needle to prevent pulling on the fibres when sewing.

Trying to use matching thread on all areas of the cover meant that I needed to have numerous filled bobbins so that I could colour easily. I have always enjoyed machine embroidery to I included this when adding the leaves and stems.

I wanted the back to look good too as this side is sometimes overlooked. I used a slightly quilted sewing-in interfacing to help with the quilting and add some strength to the cover.

The bookmark was made with a cord maker which basically looks like a little plastic hand drill with a hook on the end to attach your threads etc. it is very quick and effective to use. I do not know how I survived making cord before I found this gadget!

Well, now is the moment of truth and I am off to Etsy. Then some lunch with a slice of cake.

It is a lovely day here, the sun is shining, we have tidied the garage, and hubby has washed both cars!

Enjoy the weekend.xx

5 comments:

lesley said...

Hi There. What a gorgeous book cover. I don't have an attachment to things I have made, I now feel that there is so much more to make, with so much more wonderful new materials to use! Love the egg cup covers on your previous posting, fab'!! xx

Kitty said...

No wonder you couldn't part with it - it's beautiful. x

JuliaB said...

Wow, that's gorgeous. No wonder you didn't want to part with it!! x

jo said...

Such a lovely book cover. I would want to keep it for myself too!

picciolo said...

This is lovely! THe colours are beautiful
: )

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