Sunday, June 29, 2008

TIF and Book Completed

I have finished my book (present for MIL). I have decided since I have run out of time to use the book for my June TIF challenge piece. It is made from my stash and as it is a book it is a story. The story includes my MIL's past (what is) and positive affirmations for her future (what is possible) so it works.

I started with a white piece of felt that was felted with merino wool to cheesecloth (scrim). I then dyed it with yellow and blue acid dyes which I just squirted on.
Then I embellished with small bits of wool and cut out felt flowers with the needle felt machine. I then did the leaves and stems etc. with FME. It was quite bright compared to my pages so I felt I needed to tone it down and antique it a bit.
So I dyed the whole thing in tea. The flowers were a bit dim due to the tea.
So I added a bit of Dye-na-Flow paints to the flowers. I trimmed the edges and the whole cover piece measures 11"x18". I added a lining and then satin stitched around the edges.
I added a "frog" type closure and here it is - the finished book, finally!
Here's the front edge with it standing up.
And here is the first page.
Here is a view showing it open between the first and second signature. So now I need to send it off for her birthday. I think she'll like it. It was an interesting process but took longer than planned. Isn't that always the way??

15 comments:

MargB said...

Truly lovely Ruth

Guzzisue said...

I'm sure she will love it, must admit I have the urge to make felt again-go out all my supplies yesterday ready for when I can take over the kitchen table,

Violette Severin said...

I have enjoyed reading about the progress of the book. Your MIL will love it.

feltedfibers said...

The book is beautiful especially the felted cover. Love the way you have subdued the colours using tea.

Sue B said...

Stunning! It's absolutely fabulous Ruth!

StegArt said...

That is a gorgeous book!

Vicki W said...

What a beautiful gift! I love the frog closuer too.

Tanguera said...

Wow, is that ever beautiful. I love the finished book. Your MIL will be so pleased.

Annica said...

Your book is wonderful! I'm sure your MIL will love it.

Miami Threads said...

I would be thrilled to receive such a beautiful piece of art!! It is wonderful.
Judy <><

Deb said...

Ruth, this is really nice. How clever to combine two projects into one and a gift at that!

Margaret S said...

what a stunning result I am sure it will be treasured for many years

Homeleightigger said...

Your Book is absolutely wonderful Ruth, and I love the cover. I'm sure your MIL will be over the moon. The quotations you used are just lovely - where do you find them? Any tips would be gratefully received. Val

Purple Missus said...

Your MIL will love this book Ruth as would anyone, its beautiful. You did a wonderful job. I love the closure too. Well done.

Meg in Albuquerque said...

Beautiful TIF, it turned out very well.