I am off to Festival of Quilts in Birmingham on Thursday so thought it was time to replace the inside of my sketchbook again, this will be its fourth refill and goes everywhere with me,
I have made a lot of books since, but this is the one that gets thrown in my bag as its lightweight and takes all the rough and tumble it gets along side the rest of the paraphernalia I carry with me.
It started life when I was doing Maggie Greys machine embroidery online course, unfortunately life got in the way and I couldn't continue.
It was one of those surfaces that keeps going wrong and just gets more thrown at it.
The silk below was the base fabric, yuck, so it was covered with painted bondaweb and chiffon, stamped with gold paint, heavily stitched with metallic thread, yuck again, so lots of Markal rubbed over the surface, more chiffon, more stitch and zapped with the heat gun, then around the stitched design with a soldering iron.
the inner is just pelmet vilene which keeps it lightweight and durable.
the ties are just torn chiffon over stitched and tomato puree tube cut to make the wraps at the end. I stitched them on near the top at the back and they slide on easily to keep the book closed.
It is in a pretty sorry state and must be filthy, do I need to make a new one ?