I cut a piece of the fabric roughly the same size as the front cover of the book, and ironed on some fusible. I put the button roughly in the middle of the paper coated fabric, so that I could see the scale that the petals needed to be drawn at, and drew a freehand daisy shape onto it. With each petal, I started at the button, and returned to the button, drawing round it slightly before making the next petal. You might want to practice this on a piece of paper, first.When taking a photograph for the blog, I discovered that you couldn't make out the pattern, so inked it on with a marker pen. This proved to be a mistake, as you will see.
|The original drawing, just using a ballpoint.|
|Inked in with marker pen for visibility.|
|AAARGH... See those blue marks?|
I fused the flower shape onto the front section of the cover, overlapping the petals at either side (if you click on the image directly above, you will be able to see the fold lines that indicate where the flap is on the right hand side, and the centre of the cover on the left. That makes the design much livelier, as you will see in a moment. I then stitched round the petals using straight stitch. I did that to ensure that the stress of opening and closing the book would not unstick the flower. I used straight stitch, instead of the zig zag stitch you might have expected because I like rough edge applique, but also because the flower shape is quite delicate; zig zag, even in white, would have detracted from the fresh look of the piece. The stitching is barely noticeable, which for me, in this particular design, is what I was aiming for.
I then went on a hunt in my studios for something to camouflage the blue dots. I found a small piece of scrap silk paper, which I had used on a hat project, and cut a freehand circle larger than the button. That worked very nicely, and pulled the whole piece together. We assume that mistakes are Bad Things; I prefer to look at them as opportunities...this certainly proved to be the case here. I stitched the button to the silk paper circle, to create a single unit (much easier to handle than trying to add two separate elements at once, or separately), and then stitched the button in place. Success!
Before I assembled the journal, which is now nearly finished (above), it struck me that I wanted to make the covers for these paper bound journals permanent. The original covers are relatively flimsy, much less so than the Lutradur XL. So, I devised a different way of finishing these journals, compared to the quick and easy version I have already showed you. We'll look at that on Tuesday. Meantime, happy sewing!