Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The Finished Bookcover
I want to go over the last steps that I did for my bookcover. First I couched two fibers together. The first fiber was a plain black cotton and the second was a more decorative multicolor fiber. I used a brown thread to couch them together. I was nervous about doing this process but found it to be quite easy. I had to put my feed dogs down, set the machine to a wide zig zag stitch and leave my foot in the up position. Then I had to hold the fibers from the front and the back to pull it through. Here is a pic of the two fibers together and then couched together.
Next, I was so wanting to try one of the techniques that was in the book ( Edges and Finishes in Machine Embroidery - this is the book I was using for this challenge ) for tassels. The author explains how to take distorted embroidery designs to create interesting tassel tops. I thought this would be a great experiment because I have both an embroidery machine and software. I chose a damask design that was about 4 by 4 inches. I took a pic of it on the computer so you can see it.
So, here is my finished bookcover. I am happy with the way it turned out and will definitely be incorporating some of these techniques in the future. I have greatly enjoyed going through this book.
Mom has finished her bookcover as well. You can view it at her blog Glenda Bailey's blog.