Friday, 1 November 2013

I think it's finished.

The pictures go from front cover, through all the pages to the back cover of my fabric book.
I made the little spiralled panels from painted and gilded paper clay.  The clasp and hinges are painted Grungbord which is a product found in good craft shops.  All have been stitched in place.  I have posted some of the pages before so apologise for the repeats. 
Most of the images are made with foam print blocks and taken from a Dover book of medieval designs, one or two others are bits that I already had and seemed to fit the theme.   I am in danger of ruining things by fiddling but feel that some areas need a bit more definition.  I shall put it away for a few days and take another look to see what is wanted.

We had an interesting day yesterday.  After doing the weekly shop we were going to Pershore which is a very nice little market town just northwest - I think -  of Tewkesbury.  However, the car was making heavy weather of being driven so we headed for home along the A38 instead of taking the motorway.  Thank goodness we did, as not far south of Gloucester the clutch died on us, fortunately in a layby with a snack van in it.   I was looking forward to being taken out for lunch but that bacon sandwich went down a treat and we sat patiently doing our respective crossword puzzles as we waited for the AA and our son to come to our rescue.  Hopefully the car will be back with us by Wednesday but my husband's pocket will be quite a bit lighter!   You never know what the day will bring.

17 comments:

Carol Q said...

ooh Heather I shot over here as soon as I saw your FB post. I hope you're pleased with the outcome of your book - doesn't it look fab. I do love your border stitching round the images. The images remind me of medieval chess pieces - they are so quirky. I think it looks wonderful!

Gina said...

You've obviously had lots of fun with the book Heather. I thought it was chess pieces too! Let's hope the car doesn't prove to be too expensive.

Reifyn said...

Now that book is fantastic! You're so fortunate to have completed such a beautiful thing that had never existed in the world before you made it—just think of that! It will be in a museum one day next to the Lewis Chessmen.
And that was a great bit of fortune to break down right next to the snack van like that...I always say, if you have to break down someplace, let it be next to snacks!

Ro Bruhn said...

Your book looks wonderful Heather, you've done an amazing job. Sorry about your car, we really do rely on them so much now a days.

The Weaver of Grass said...

That book is a work of art Heather. As my friend always says, when you think you need a bit more fancy work, best to put it away for a few days and when in doubt leave it. It looks perfect to me.

Sorry about the clutch but as I always say to the farmer - it's only a car and next year at this time you will not have missed the money.

Jackie said...

oh wow Heather thats amazing! What a beautiful object. You are so clever.I came from Fb too. Sorry about the car. I hope it isn't too expensive to fix. We do indeed rely on our cars don't we?

Maggi said...

The book is lovely Heather. Glad that you didn't have to call on motorway rescue and that you were both safe.

Toffeeapple said...

Sorry to hear that your car broke down but your book is gorgeous.

sharon young said...

Your book looks superb, I just love these little chess men, there's such a lot of variety in all the pages, brilliant!
Sorry to hear about the car, sounds like you handled it very well and calmly, hope it's not too expensive to repair.

sharon young said...

Your book looks superb, I just love these little chess men, there's such a lot of variety in all the pages, brilliant!
Sorry to hear about the car, sounds like you handled it very well and calmly, hope it's not too expensive to repair.

The Bug said...

What a gorgeous book! Well done! And now I'm in the mood for some bacon :)

Linda said...

Your book looks very precious Heather...I can see you've worked very hard on it.
I made a chess set many years ago (plaster moulds) very similar to your little medieval men! You've got me thinking; I wonder where it is...

Julie said...

You have worked so hard on this book Heather and it looks beautiful. Putting it away for a few days is a good idea. Fingers crossed for the car. xx

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Robin Mac said...

Heather, this book is absolutely wonderful I agree with whoever it was who said it will be in a museum one day - that is if any of your family will let it go. You do such beautiful work always. Hope the car is working again now. Cheers

Yvonne Osborne said...
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Yvonne Osborne said...

That is such a bummer, I'd imagine. There's entire breadths of experience that a breakdown like that can cut through. Hope you got your car in one piece, and that it went through proper treatment.

Yvonne @ Georgetown Exxon