Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Simple stitched book covers
The CQ coffee morning at Festival of Quilts was a wonderful collection of demonstrations for visitors to watch. I was lucky to be a helper to Sue Turner and her "Cheats Quilting" presentation. Having watched her demo 6 times that morning I felt able to have a go at the technique myself!
She used the technique to make a number of different artifacts, but I have concentrated on making book covers.
You can use fabric that you are now unsure why you bought in a sandwich, Lining, pelmet vilene or wadding, then the fabric - plus an artificial silk flower that is pulled into its constituent parts and a piece of voile over it all.
Stitch round the flowers and then machine embroider over the rest of the fabric. Cut to size, neaten edges and then make braids to act as fastenings. Easy and really effective. I have to produce some items for a charity stall at Christmas so have now made 4 of these which I think should sell quite well.
Great fun to do and I have used up some of the real howler fabrics I have in the stash!