This particular fabric shop was like a candy store - colors, patterns, textures - it was intoxicating. My mom insisted on buying me some fabric (and who am I to refuse). I brought it home and then it sat here for a bit because I wasn't sure what to do with it. I tend to do that sometimes. I am mostly self taught in many different arts and crafts. I am always wanting to learn something else. I am often envious of people who have just one passion and excel at that one thing. Lately though, I started thinking about the different mediums and things I know how to do. What if I started to find ways to pull it all together? Photography, writing, crochet, embroidery, chainmaille, jewelry, recycled materials, etc. That is what set the idea of this blog in motion. Maybe my passion is to combine art forms into one that suits me.
As that idea came together, I started this project as a gift for my mom. She was my inspiration. I wanted it to be colorful, full of texture, use mediums that I know she likes, and full of positive words.
I started by crocheting the front and back cover for the book.
Music always helps the process flow. I was digging Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros quite a bit during this project.
More pages...one is a textured felt background and the other is a granny square of the same size in white acrylic yarn.
Putting it all together was the tricky part for me. I started out by binding the pages to a sturdy piece of felt. I figured this would be a good way to bind the pages and make sure they are secured and can still be turned easily.
Once they were bound to the brown felt, I crocheted the spine and sewed the felt with the pages to the spine.
The bound pages from the inside of the book.
The spine attached to my cover. It must be my folk roots but I love a rustic feel to my projects. I left the edges of the fabric on my pages frayed and I crocheted the edges of the spine to have a frayed look too.