Several things came together for this book.
Firstly, I finally finished the little wintry silk fragment and thought what a good book cover it would make.
Secondly, I’d just bought some scraps of Japanese kimono silk from ebay and thought what a wonderful way the fabric book would be to showcase their delicate beauty.
Thirdly, I had a couple of long meetings coming up and combining the donkey work of lacing fabric over the cover boards and stitching ‘endpaper’ pieces on the back to finish it off with the whole meeting thing is a great way to take the boring edge off both.
I love the figured blue-grey silk of the ‘endpapers’.
And lastly, I’m still loving making these little books.
The pages are all silk, and as I had trouble with the red cabbage dyed silk pages, I decided to iron them first. It helped, but the silk moves around a lot more than cotton and it made stitching the spine quite difficult. I restitched it three times and it still isn’t quite as even as I’d have liked.
I chose the smaller stitch pattern for the french link stitch and decided to use a cool blue cotton thread to contrast with the wintry greys and blacks of the cover and pages.
Inside, a range of printed and woven luscious silk ikat, crepe etc.
This looks out of focus, but it isn’t – it’s the ikat pattern.
It’s a pretty miserable time of year here in the UK so I thought it would be nice to have a giveaway for my little wintry book.
I’f you’d like the chance to win it, then in time-honoured fashion, please leave me a comment by next Saturday (9th February) and I’ll announce the winner on Sunday the 10th. I’m happy to post to anywhere in the world. 😮
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