Sunday, January 29, 2012

A Quick Project


I've taken on a few online commitments this year, as well as signing up for Dale's product of the month projects.  The first [January] package arrived last week, and contained goodies to make a piece of silk paper 'in a jiffy'.  The 'kit' included carded natural silk, some green spritz, and some silverleaf flakes.  I was quite pleased with my first effort, although parts were a little thin, oh well....  I also tried to trap some silver Angelina fibres in with the silk paper, and I did not like to spray the whole area completely with the green - it looked far too strong for my liking!!  After it was done, I realized I had enough to make a cover for an A5 index book. 

Now, I'm also participating in the TAST2012 challenge with Sharon Boggon - week 4 being Cretan stitch.  I decided I would work a small sample of each stitch as it came along, including it somehow in my binder.  I will share the first page with readers next week, when I work out just how I wish to present the samples.  Suffice to say, this little book cover was a quick project, incorporating the silk paper and some cretan stitch for added interest.  I made some little crystal organza flowers for trim, as well as adding some silver lined clear beads in places.  I have a friend who just loves anything green, and I hope to give it to her as a gift when I see her again.  

This little piece was pleasant to do, and I am pleased I could use the two 'challenges' to work a useful little gift for someone.  

The silk paper was fused to some dark green silk dupion prior to the embroidery, and then fused to black wool felt prior to stitching the flowers on.  I lastly added some black wool felt end keepers to hold the book inside the folder.  If I was to make this again, I would add pelmet vilene between the layers.  I prefer a more rigid feel, and this is quite soft.  Never mind, it was fun to experiment with something new.  Hope readers enjoy the results of my play!! 


12 comments:

Katherine said...

Wow Linda. I love how you play with fibres etc and come up with some amazing effects. I have decided also to have a small book and instead of the ATCS. I will finish them off and just glue them in and label the page with the stitch. I was that disappointed with the two attempts at a sampler I have canned that idea in preference to a small book lol. I had thought about fabric pages too but changed my mind. I had also better get moving on doing week 4 as I haven't yet.

DIAN said...

Goodness Linda, I am still thinking about my silk paper. I love the colour of yours - green with envy really. The bookcover is a great idea and of course the embellishments are gorgeous.

Daniela said...

Beautiful technic!

Frances Leate said...

I always enjoy seeing the results of your "play" as you create such wonderful and beautiful things. Looking forward to seeing the stitch diary. Take care

Sandy said...

It turned out to be very nice. I'm in a lot of challenges too. It keeps me working.

Radka said...

It is beautiful, Linda, very creative (as ever). It is nice to see a practical use for your stitches :)I like the way used two different threads for your cretan stitch.

Dianne said...

Lovely that you could use your silk paper and stitching for something useful. I am sure your friend will be thrilled with this gift!

Juliettecherry said...

Mmm it's really lovely. You do have such a good eye for colour and how to use it effectively Your "green loving" friend will love it.

Jen said...

A lovely finish with the flowers and little beads and using the cretan stitch. It is really beautiful Linda your friend will cherish it I'm sure.Look foreward to seeing the binder with the samples.

Iceni UK said...

Linda, the cover looks amazing, your are so creative. The green is such a gorgeous colour. Your beautiful little flowers and beads reminds me of Spring, its here in the UK and the snowdrops, Hellbores, daffodils, crocus and primroses are out and looking lovely. I'm sure your friend will treasure it.
Hugs

Karyn said...

Oh Linda, you are simply amazing with what you can do!! I love this little cover, you have done a great job. I hope you enjoy the challenges every month, I think that you will.

Anney said...

Oh so lovely and very refreshing colour..textures i want to touch...xx