I’m sure somebody has probably already thought of this, but it occurred to me a while ago that the cuff of a shirt would make a wonderful textile book cover, easily stitched into to bind the pages and using the button for a closure. I made some notes in my sketchbook and got quite excited to start one!
Typically, it was months before a shirt destined for the bin came my way. This was a badly damaged denim shirt from the art shirts box in my classroom which I brought home to wash at Easter. I eagerly snipped off the cuffs and started to play. I went for some applique first as I wanted something which would make up quickly.
The fabric for the leaves is scraps of embroidered silk dupion which I’ve attached with feather stitch in a lovely variegated fine cotton.
I also had some matching embroidered silk organza scraps, so I layered a couple of the leaves with some of the organza.
A line of feather stitch, lengthened with back stitches, makes the central veins and holds the organza pieces down.
For the second one, a random scattering of lazy daisy flowers in various shades of blue.
It’s a great project to use up oddments of pretty papers. These are ready to be stitched in. I’m going for three signatures per book held with a beaded long stitch binding.
It’s always an added pleasure when an idea works out so nicely.