I've been looking for projects to give me ideas and techniques to play with and saw this book cover designed by Angie Hughes in an old copy of Stitch Magazine. I've pretty much stuck exactly to her instructions and I've had such fun making this! It surprised me how many different techniques are involved.
The above pic is curtain interlining which has been sploshed with watered down PVA glue and allowed to dry. A layer of scrim has been added to the top section and crumpled tissue to the bottom section with the assistance of Bondaweb.
I then couched cord to the bottom section and along the middle dividing line, adding a vertical layer of hand stitching.
The top section was then covered with punched flowers and a bead hand stitched onto each. I then painted the top half with fluorescent pink and the bottom half with bright yellow (you wouldn't know it would you?!) and finally sploshed on watered down prussian blue followed by a layer of Lumiere metallic paint. I've also ironed on some gold foil to highlight the raised areas and added a backing fabric to the underside.
Lastly, I stitched a cord all round the edge (once I had dyed it) and finally added a cord to hold it together. I think I'm going to decorate the cord and add some dangly things but I'll look for those at the NEC show in Birmingham which is on later this week (anyone going??) Anyway - you may think it was a lot of work but it was huge fun to make and I've learnt a lot too.