Fantasy Book Cover
10" x 10" framed
The Fast Friday Fabric Challenge was to create a book cover for one of our favorite books. Because of my love of plants and gardening, I have many gardening books. My frustration with all of them is that they try to cram too many photos or a photo of too many plants on the cover.
For example, one of my favorite books to use for plant identification has 3/4" photos on the edge and 1 1/4" photos on the front. Only one of those little photos is 'legible'. That photo is one single yellow flower on a black back ground. The others have different colors, but all in the same tone. No contrast. Even with a magnifying glass, it is difficult to tell what plant they are showing.
Because of this, I decided to create a book cover that I would like to see. I also was so fond of my idea, I thought it might make a nice series. However, because of the strictness of my design, everything had to be exact. It was much easier on paper than fabric. Paper doesn't stretch and move, sometimes with a mind of its' own.
Because my original photo was very busy with other flowers, it had to be painted over a LOT! It still does not have enough contrast for me. However, it is legible.
I am happy with this piece. Not sure if I will make another in this series. If I do it will be larger. Working at this small size is too 'picky' for me. I want to have a bit more leeway in framing.
I used tiny, iridescent seed beads on the top of solid small seed beads. Those glaring dots in the photo are reflections of light. I stretched the center of the flower with the round handle of my scissors. Then I beaded it and stuffed it. After mounting on the foam core, the perimeter of the 'cone' didn't want to lay flat. I stitched the edges down with clear poly. Now it has the depth that I wanted. I like a lot of depth and texture. I first stitched the petals to one layer of poly batting and a thin backing. After stitching all of the petal veins, I cut around the petals so there was no batting between. Then I made the usual layer of top-batting-backing. I re-stitched around the petals so that they would have dimension. Then I quilted the rest of the piece.
This is seventy number 63.
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