|forget-me-not blooming in Winter, this makes me so very happy; as they're blue & small they are one of my all time favourites|
|in the background the 2 accordion books and a new one: a fabric booklet about a dead shrew, as drawn below|
|instructions for a Basic Instant Book, yes got that and tried a paper version before trying out the Cloth Instant Book, hurray|
Or so I thought.....
for the original tale, link here
The Dead Shrew
On the left a successful photo-transfer of the dead shrew onto thin white cotton, which was then hand stitched onto the gorgeous, golden linen book cover.
Yet again I lost a letter, the capital 'A' and just a little bit of the 'p' - phew, there was quite a lot of cursing and mumbling by this time, I'm not proud to admit - not wanting to waste yet another page I stitched an 'A' and the 'p'
I can be very impatient and am very result-driven, so this transfer business with all it's pitfalls is a challenge, as they say in newspeak
below on the left you can see the threads
|again, a successful transfer print of the ink drawing onto the same thin white cotton, which was sewn onto a green linen page; there's a pocket space above the shrew for a delicate find, a feather perhaps, dog hairs or sheep fleece, something soft|
Another perfect transfer onto the same white, sewn onto the blue linen page
|measures 11 x 14 cm, closed|
to conclude: I like the look and feel of a cloth book, however it's highly unlikely I'll be producing these by the dozens in this fashion; I feel if I want to make books in cloth I'll have to come up with something else, maybe without words, just (transfer-print) images, or lino prints, or embroider the words, but again I'm not sure that's where I want to go??? Also the transfer is delicate and easily damaged, therefore not suitable for a child, hmmph a conundrum*
music from one of my favourite singers/musicians Radie Peat, performing 'Dark Horse'
*yes I did add that word just because I like it