This was a very fun fabric art project for me to do while I was visiting Wolfe Island a few weeks ago. At the cottage, there's a big table in the dining area that looks out over the st. Lawrence River. Before we left on vacation I had picked out possible fabrics, batting, quotes printed onto fabric, embroidered handkerchiefs, beads, threads, LAC fibers, and a hand sewing needle to bring with me. I also printed images from my favorite LAC Waterhouse image sheets (paper) onto plain fabric for this project. I limited myself by choosing in advance, but I think that was truly helpful. I spent some very enjoyable time on the island working on this project when Steven was checking out something with one of the boats! When I came home, the only thing I added was decorative machine stitching around all the edges. I think that really finished the pages off nicely. I was not satisfied with them until I did that. (click on any photo for more detail)
My process for creating these fabric pages was to measure the size I needed for the exchange, then snip and rip the fabric. I cut batting a little bit smaller -I like the warm and natural flat cotton batting the best. Then I chose a embroidered handkerchief for each piece of fabric. I had picked up most of them at a tag sale, but the one below was a gift from one of my swap participants, Janice Perkin in the UK. Her gift actually gave me the idea of using them on each page! I glued or sewed (or both) the handkerchief down onto my fabric page with the batting in place behind it. Then I glued or sewed the LAC image and the quote for each fabric page in place, trying to match the image with the quote as best as I could. In some cases I sewed beads, or embroidered a bit, and in all cases I choose a fiber from LAC to embellish the page.
I cannot wait to receive my completed book back! There are 5 of us in the collaborative exchange and each book will have 1 of our pages. Terrie is creating the books for us -- thank you so much Terrie!!!!!!