Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Art Deco Book Cover For A Swap

 

 

 

 
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I'm participating in another seasonal swap...

...and this one was right up my alley!!

It involved making a book cover for my swap partner...

...plus one additional small gift.

Since I was making it as a cover for a journal, instead of a hardback book...

...I fiddled with the size of the resist a bit.

It turns out that I could have left the one I had been using quite alone...

...and I think the fit might have been a little closer.

(This is not a perfect science for me, as yet!!)

I began with dark grey pencil roving...

...and fashioned my design by embedding it in soap glue that I had rubbed onto the resist.

I added yellow roving and some flax and tussah silk bits...

...and covered the whole with orange wool batts.

As with my previous several bookcovers, I felted it inside-out as a closed resist...

...then cut an opening for the book after the cover was dry.

It's important to think hard about design placement with this method...

...I actually had to draw it out on paper and 'try it', first!!

Otherwise, you can end up with the design on the backside of the journal...

...or even upside-down!

And don't forget to make an obvious dot of a foreign color on the inside cover in your final layer of wool...

...or else, you could easily get confused during the felting process and end up cutting into the design side by mistake!





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6 comments:

Jasmine said...

Thats gorgeous. I was late posting my journal cover to Ellen but hopes she likes it when it arrives.

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Jasmine--I'm looking forward to seeing photos of yours!!

Hooked On Felt said...

Not a mistake, just a design element! Looks lovely!
Hugs,
Suzanne

Cameron said...

Heather, I used an idea that you shared a while back. I made some handles for my purses using the cording with felting over it. It worked very well. Thanks for that, Cameron

Heather Woollove said...

Cameron: Yay! I'm glad it worked well for you!!

Vilt à la Kim said...

LOL,
Looks like you have great experiences with these covers:) all the tips, hihihihi thansk for sharing.