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Scrap Happy August – part 2

August 15, 2020

the shibori sample book is finished

I enjoyed the planning and stitching and am sorry to see it done

the cover was a thin cotton handkerchief

my introduction to shibori – done in 1987 at Kawashima textile school in Kyoto

I lined it with old sheeting and stitched it some time ago

folded in four with bias tape to finish the raw edges

it decided the size of the finished book

the button is a plastic ring wrapped with a little quilt batting , covered with a shibori scrap and stitched

I backed the button with a mother-of -pearl button from mother’s button jar

and gave the book a title

the center pages are woven shibori done several years ago and made into a wall hanging

after it was dyed I folded it, placed small boards on back and front and dyed it again in the indigo

then stenciled the leaf pattern and hand painted gold highlights

the top and bottom were finished with more woven shibori

it hung on the wall until I got tired of it and with a little tweeking was just the right size to start a new life

the back cover is more handkerchief

the finished book is soft and cuddly like a favorite blanket or teddy

a fine way to recycle a bit more of the stash

20 Comments leave one →
  1. Susan Nixon permalink
    August 16, 2020 12:24 pm

    That is so very pretty and nice to have a finish. =)


    • August 16, 2020 12:58 pm

      Susan – thank you, it’s more than possible that in a few weeks I’ll start another “book”.


  2. claire93 permalink
    August 16, 2020 3:22 am

    finished book is beautiful in all those gentle shades of blue!


    • August 16, 2020 8:47 am

      Claire – it is very blue – I tried adding another colour but it didn’t look right and I do like the blue.

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      • claire93 permalink
        August 18, 2020 7:13 am

        I think you did the right thing keeping it blue ^^


      • August 18, 2020 10:03 am

        Claire – so much of my house is blue – sometimes you need a little contrast, but not this time.

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  3. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    August 16, 2020 3:04 am

    I really want to pick it up and feel it – the softness and the ‘give’ of the padded parts. I must have so much texture as well as being visually beautiful. I am glad you enjoyed making it because it must have taken so much time and thought. I will await the next project with joyful anticipation.


    • August 16, 2020 8:50 am

      Sue – that is the attraction of cloth books. I remember taking a favorite one to bed as a child, think that is what hooked me for life on books. I’m a total blank – have no idea what comes next.

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        August 17, 2020 2:25 am

        Something will present itself to you.


      • August 17, 2020 10:37 am

        Sue – certainly hope so – wish I could find something to do that was a little more relevant – other than just staying home. I can always warp the loom and weave tea towels.

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  4. August 15, 2020 6:40 pm

    I can imagine the softness of the fabrics under the hand…. And I really love that frontispiece. Beautiful work, as always 🙂


  5. August 15, 2020 3:52 pm

    Utterly gorgeous. I love it 🥰


  6. August 15, 2020 2:18 pm

    I think this is just lovely.


    • August 15, 2020 3:25 pm

      Cathy – thank you, I’ve really enjoyed making the book. Now wondering “what’s next”.


  7. August 15, 2020 10:43 am

    Really beautiful, a very fine way to recycle.


    • August 15, 2020 1:57 pm

      Kjerstin – and the stash just keeps growing, just move stuff from one pile to a different one.


  8. August 15, 2020 10:27 am

    Incredible work, as usual!


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