Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Secret Project Revealed

I can finally reveal the secret project I have been working on the last few months. This is an exchange that I sent Jill for the Friends Through Thread Blackbird Designs exchange. I decided to give a stitcher's book a go and found that the motifs from 'Their Song' fitting in perfectly. I did the stitching and backstitching and then basted and baked the piece in coffee to give that old look. I must admit it was a pretty easy stitch, just very time consuming, especially counting all the backstitch. I used a great tutorial over at Volarium. The only change I made was to pad either side of the cardboard with a little 'Warm and Natural' on the pages. I didn't pad the cover as I wasn't sure that the book would fold and sit properly. In hindsight, I could have done this by making the cardboard slightly smaller than the backstitch line. However, I still am very pleased with how it turned out.


Design: Their Song (Loose Feathers #24 )
Designer: Blackbird Designs
Fabric: 32ct Belfast linen - white (coffee basted and baked)
Thread: DMC
Finish: Stitcher's Book

38 comments:

Lennu said...

Hi Suzanne, I saw this in the exchange blog and I think it's GORGEOUS! You've done wonderful job with it, the designs and fabric and everything are so beautiful.

I'm happy the tutorial at Violarium's site was useful. I have created a blog for Stitcher's books (http://stitchersbook.blogspot.com/) and if you'd like to add photos of your book to the blog, please e-mail me at lennustitching@gmail.com.

Jill said...

I feel so lucky to have been the recipient of this gorgeous stitchers book. I might have to try one of these myself someday. Again, Suzanne, you did a super job and every detail is covered.
Thanks so much!

Angela P said...

WOW! Congrats on the gorgeous finish, it's just lovely and I can see how much work went into it :)

karenv said...

Wow, that is just fantastic! Great choice of designs, wonderful colours and fabulous execution - great job!

Daniela said...

The stitching book looks amazing. I love it so much. I have never done one of those, but really would like to try. Also the coffee baste looks great. Love it a lot.

Kim B said...

WOW!!!!! It's incredible! Congrats on finishing such an amazing piece!

Julianne said...

Suzanne,

It is really lovely!

Tammy said...

Wow!! That is amazing!! Great finish!

Andrea said...

A gorgeous book. Congratulations on the finish.

Tracy J said...

This is just too wonderful! How great is this, what a treasure! Plus I love that design.

Margit said...

WOW! I can see that Jill is real happy to receive this book. It's adorable!!!

Ranae said...

Wowza! What a fabulous stitcher's book.
Congrats! on a gorgeous finish.
Lucky! Jill

Siobhan said...

Oh my GOSH!! What a masterpiece. I know that it went to a good home but I'd have been hard pressed to let it go. Beautiful work!

nicky said...

Ooooh that is so beautiful! I love BBD and the book is stunning, did you use a tutorial to finish it? It looks perfect!
Thanks for sharing,
Nicky

Moreen said...

This is amazing, I hope one day to be to make one.
How proud I would be if it turned out as great as yours.
Congratulations on a fantastic finish.

cathymk said...

Absolutely fabulous! What a beautiful exchange gift!

Rowyn said...

It is gorgeous Suzanne, you are a very talented finisher!

Shelagh said...

your finishing and stitching are beautiful.

S said...

Beautiful exchange gift!

Chiloe said...

Wow! It seems you did a lot of those! It's so perfect !!!!

timetostitch said...

wow i am seriously impressed, it's beautiful! stunning!!!!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow you did an amazing job... and you say that's your first book! Wowza! you can send one this way any time!

Mylene said...

WOW! Such a gorgeous finish. Great job!!

Felicity said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

samplerlover said...

Hi Suzanne,
What an amazing job you have done. It is beautiful. I'm sure Jill was quite thrilled to receive it.

Bit nippy up here at the moment. (I should say more than nippy. There is an expression regarding brass monkeys that I could use, but I won't lol). It's minus 2 outside and 13 degrees in my kitchen with the fire going. I think I will have to go and sit on it to warm myself up. Hopeing your a little bit warmer - Sandra.

Diane said...

That's beautiful, Suzanne. How did you ever let it go? Do you have plans to make one for yourself?

Jan said...

That is absolutely gorgeously divine!!!!!!!!!!! WOW!!

Melissa said...

This is absolutely Stunning! Congratulations!

Nicola said...

What an absolutely stunningly beautiful stitchers book. You did a fantastic job of "finishing" it, not something that I would ever attempt in a million years. Congratulations!

Sally said...

Wow that is absolutel wonderful! You did a fantastic job on it!

The Scarlett House said...

It's wonderful. Really nice job.

Brigitte said...

Wow, Suzanne, what a stunning project. It's fantastic. I love this kind of finishing very much and once was the lucky recipient of such a stitcher's book. But so far I have never tried to make one myself. Yours looks just gorgeous.

Maren said...

How neat! I've never seen this done before. Truly awesome!

shakatak66 said...

I'm not a huge BD fan, but that book is absolutely and totally exquisite!!! I love everything about it - awesome job!!! :D

Lelia said...

WOW! I'm speechless : )
That is just awesome!

KaLu said...

omg its gorgeous!!!! you are so creative! i think it looks great!

Kathy A. said...

Suzanne - that is amazing!!! I absolutely love it. What a beautiful job you have done! You are right to be proud of this one.

valerie said...

Oh, I saw this on Jill's blog and was floored. The finishing is amazing!