add a little glue and you are well on the way to making a book.
Day one of the embroidery workshop yesterday and our first exercise was to make a book with a decorated paper and fabric cover.
One of the aims of the workshop is to use hand and machine embroidery and to work beyond your usual boundaries. My natural inclination would be to stop here, or at the most add a little texture and depth to the body of the cover using (most probably) white thread so that it blends into the background. Maybe a small amount of blue or even red thread for contrast but nothing too alarming.
Do I stick to my usual aesthetic ( simple and fairly minimal) or try to do something different - maybe add some shocking colour or bold texture? The materials requirement list included beads, buttons and lace to embellish the cover.
All of the above which are still sitting quietly in my workbox. All around me there is a riot of colour, texture and embellishment happening. Lace, crystals, heavily stitched surfaces.
I have already taken the bold step of messing up the surface of the accordion pages I am going to stitch into the book.
Crumpled, ink stained and torn - quite a world away from my standard clean ivory pages.
Embellished or unadorned?
Need to think about that one.