Step 2: Making the cover. I used a scrap of my 'candy-cane' silk to back the berlin-work, sewing around the flag motif on three sides (fabric right-sides-together) and turning the seams to the inside. The double thickness of canvas and silk is fairly sturdy, but I decided to stiffen it further by adding a piece of pasteboard between the fabric layers.
To make the back, I covered another piece of pasteboard with blue (tropical weight) wool. I experimented with using an unsupported back--either flannel or the suiting weight, but decided I didn't like the floppy back with the solid front cover.
Step 3: Pages. The two "pages" are each made from red wool flannel, cut smaller than the cover and edged in white or blue berlin wool (blanket-stitching edge).
Step 4: Assembly. Both covers were finished (raw edges folded in and closed with a running stitch), and then joined with whip-stitches along the formerly-raw edges. The "pages were laid inside the open cover, and fastened with small stitches. Silk ribbon was added to the opening edge to make a closure; additional ribbon was laid over the spine to hide the assembly sewing. More ribbons on the spine for decoration.
|Needle-Book Front Cover|
Excepting the star miscount, I'm largely satisfied with this project. Next time, I think I'll stick with one flannel page, as this material was fairly bulky, and two pieces folded in half is a bit fluffier than I would like. Alternatively, I could effect a sleeker appearance by using silk for the back cover.