TIF and Book Completed

I have finished my book (present for MIL). I have decided since I have run out of time to use the book for my June TIF challenge piece. It is made from my stash and as it is a book it is a story. The story includes my MIL’s past (what is) and positive affirmations for her future (what is possible) so it works.

I started with a white piece of felt that was felted with merino wool to cheesecloth (scrim). I then dyed it with yellow and blue acid dyes which I just squirted on.
Then I embellished with small bits of wool and cut out felt flowers with the needle felt machine. I then did the leaves and stems etc. with FME. It was quite bright compared to my pages so I felt I needed to tone it down and antique it a bit.
So I dyed the whole thing in tea. The flowers were a bit dim due to the tea.
So I added a bit of Dye-na-Flow paints to the flowers. I trimmed the edges and the whole cover piece measures 11″x18″. I added a lining and then satin stitched around the edges.
I added a “frog” type closure and here it is – the finished book, finally!
Here’s the front edge with it standing up.
And here is the first page.
Here is a view showing it open between the first and second signature. So now I need to send it off for her birthday. I think she’ll like it. It was an interesting process but took longer than planned. Isn’t that always the way??
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15 thoughts on “TIF and Book Completed

  1. I’m sure she will love it, must admit I have the urge to make felt again-go out all my supplies yesterday ready for when I can take over the kitchen table,

  2. Your Book is absolutely wonderful Ruth, and I love the cover. I’m sure your MIL will be over the moon. The quotations you used are just lovely – where do you find them? Any tips would be gratefully received. Val

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