Besides getting ready for tomorrow, including locating all my flags and putting out my chairs for the parades that are a special part of Independence Day in Edmonds, I've been working on a journal to take to my friend as a hostess gift when i visit her in a couple of weeks.
This journal is a sort of merging of methods used by Mary Ann Moss in her Ticket to Venice class and what I have learned from several classes from D. J. Pettitt. It's a little more D. J. but I used many techniques I learned from Mary Ann, so I must say, it was a melding of the teachings of two great ladies.
My friend likes quiet, natural things. Earthy things. Water-y things. Subtle things. Nothing with glitter or bling or lots of COLOR. I am a little more showy than she, so picking the fabrics and paper color for this journal was a good exercise in restraint. Very wabi sabi....
I had quite a few small pieces of Japanese fabrics in my stash and I thought that the soft browns in quiet patterns would make good connectors for the pages. I used a strip of fabric on each side of the middle between the two sheets of paper that made up a two page spread.
My little inexpensive sewing machine was used for all the construction and it worked very well. The only complaint I have about the machine is that it is horribly hard for me to thread. Having very poor vision, it's a challenge. Thank goodness for needle threaders!
I had cut the paper to size and then distressed it with gesso and soft washes of watered down acrylic paints, to make them more textural and interesting.
I used a lovely old linen fabric for the covers.
The inside covers are covered with some gorgeous silk fabric I had in my stash. The contrast between the slubs in the silk and the linen on the cover appealed to me.
|This photo shows the pocket I attached to the back inside cover.|
I am very happy with how this turned out and I think my friend will like it. I know she will appreciate the fact that I made it for her.
I'll let you know how they turn out. I can say that they are very pretty in their jars with the sunlight shining through them!
I am trying to get all my chores done, my house clean and ready for the big parade and a day spent with my friend Denise tomorrow. Then I am going to sit down with the videos from Mary Ann Moss' SEWN class and start playing. Oh. And go to my cabin. There is that!