Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Blowin' in the wind





No, not quite Bob Dylan, but as this project progressed, I found myself singing the song.  The leaves floating on the blotchy background reminded me of just that.  Of course, this is another sketchbook cover, made from Unryushi paper/Lutradur, rusted and coloured with teabags.  I have had this on the go for quite some time, trying to make it work.  The gingko leaves have been applied using gold Shiva stick through a stencil, added randomly.  I was never really sure how I would use this, but thankfully, in the end it was just the right size for this particular book [A4 landscape orientation].

I have used gold Angelina fibres for 'bling', covered the surface with black tulle, and then free machined around the gingko leaves with black machine stitching, cutting away the tulle from the leaves.  I then worked simple running stitch in gold/tan/black perl√© threads, followed by a small amount of black metallic foiling.  I was rushing when I took the photographs, and forgot to take one of the lining.  It is a simple tan/black fleck printed cotton.  

Although I like this, I think I'm a tad over the dark and gloomy colours, and have just started working on another journal cover, this time using blues/aquas/purples...............watch this space!!

I hope everyone is rested, and making time for stitching. 


13 comments:

Katherine said...

Certainly been making some stitching time LOL. Love this cover. The cover reminds me of leather for some reason. You are very clever and I look forward to seeing the next one.

DIAN said...

Linda, this has turned out well. I love the scattering of leaves - just enough.
Thanks for describing how you made this - I like the idea of cutting away the black tulle.

Thanks for the chat today - it was so good to catch up.

Wanda-Maria Roszak said...

Hello Linda,
Everything you create is BEAUTIFUL!, Present your work in a beautiful atmosphere of autumn, she's beautiful, I wish you much success, your beautiful work, I'm happy looking at your blog.
many hugs ......... :)))

Iceni UK said...

Love the autumn colours Linda, thanks for showing your beautiful work. I hope this comment will save to your blog. So many haven't. But I do read your blog and admire all the work saved there.
Isabell
hugs x

fabriquefantastique said...

Nice to hear that you 'find yourself singing'....

Frances Leate said...

Your work is so creative Linda and the finish is superb. They would also look wonderful framed and on a wall. A lot of my quilts are named after songs I hum while stitching. Take care.

Sandy said...

It's very nice. I'll be watching for the next one too.

Soonymary said...

oh this is so lovely Linda!! The next one sounds great too.

Radka said...

Another, well done! I like the way you get inspired by nature :)
By the way, I love gingko leaves, their shape and fresh green colour.
I look forward to your next creation!

N. Maria said...

Mmm, Mmmm! Real pretty....and I can't wait to see the colorful creation by you.

shirley said...

Wow Linda, this is great. I love the design and the colours. You have given a very good description of how you worked this, and the materials you used. thank you for sharing. the new cover in the jewel colours sounds good.

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Linda, Your work is very lovely and creative. I love things create with nature in mind. I look forward to seeing the jewel color cover. Hugs Judy

Dianne said...

This is also a wonderful book cover. Thank you for describing the way you did it. Love those shiva sticks!!!