Thursday, April 21, 2022

Back to #12Pages

You may or may not remember that I participated in a challenge of sorts at the tail end of 2020. It was my version of Anne Brooke's sew4thesoul #12pagesofChristmas on her YouTube channel. When Anne finished her pages she decided to go back through and add tags to the backside of most of them. They did look pretty blank given the way we constructed the book. 

The original idea was to make a cover for the book out of a piece of quilt or other textile and then store it in a tin. We'd chosen our tins at the beginning of the challenge. I don't know how many of the books actually fit into their tins after they'd been fully fleshed out. Anne's didn't, nor did mine! 

 My tin had a depth of about an inch and a half.

My book, nearly complete now, measures a generous two inches thick! I hadn't touched it in months. I guess tags just didn't appeal to me the way Anne made hers. But I have recently learned about "clusters" from various mixed media artists on YouTube and have been experimenting with that idea.

I wasn't sure what to do about a cover for my book for the longest time either. The whole concept of textile books and bookbinding is still relatively new to me. One of the things I picked up in a Disabled Artists Foundations auction was a short stack of fabrics from India. I chose one to use to make a wrap for my book and sari strips to secure the wrap.

The book pages not secured within the wrap. That probably won't happen because it doesn't bother me to have them separate. 

I have toyed with the idea of decorating the interior of the wrap. Maybe adding a pocket or something. It occurs to me now that I could write directly on the quilting cotton I used to line the Indian fabric (mystery fiber content). Hmm...

There are a couple of pages that don't have clusters or tags on the back yet. I'll probably add a little something to them eventually. I'm getting the hang of working a little bit at a time. 😉

1 comment:

  1. That’s a really lovely solution to the cover question. The wrap neatly holds the pages, and your special fabric and ties are beautiful.


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