Back in the summer (which was so HOT this year) I was invited to join a Fat Book Swap by my precious friend Sandy (see the previous post to meet this sweetheart) & the thought of fall & cooler weather was such a treat. The theme for the Swap was to be Fall’in For Vintage Gloves. We were to use vintage gloves & Fall or Autumn Colors to do this book. I had never heard of a Fat Book before & asked Sandy “what is a Fat Book & how does this work”? She said “a Fat Book is made of fabric pages which are decorated & embellished with the theme that is chosen”.
Well, how could I pass up on something like that? Above is my favorite Fall image from Dawn of The Feathered Nest (thanks Dawn) & I knew I wanted to use it somewhere in my book. By the way… feel free to use this for your art since I want to share with you just like Dawn shared with me (just let others know where you got it by a a link back for courtesy please).
I bought a beautiful suede fabric in a rich brick red color. And also found a gorgeous beaded trim in brick red & amber. Next step… find 4 pair of vintage gloves in the style I wanted to use. I chose a more feminine lacy style over leather, cotton or other types of gloves available.
Above is a couple in the rough stage. Pretty vintage gloves found, Chocolate velvet Rushed Rose (yes I made 8 of these) made, vintage strings of pearls, vintage earrings, lace, vintage hankies for the gloves to hold, good quality silk leaves… you see the hunt began. What FUN!
And as I said, I had to use my favorite image so I used Photoshop & added the name of the Swap to the image. Next I made a little pocket with all of my personal information.
The pocket was the perfect place for the bookmark I made which added a great place to again put the name of the swap & the beautiful autumn colored seam binding which was “fluff” for the top of my page.
OK, let’s look at some of the finished pages. You remember I had to make 8 pages but, of course some of them were the same only a left instead of right glove (pairs of gloves & pairs of earrings). But, some of them had a different earring or button… Oh but, wait I forgot to tell you I also used a wonderful vintage glove advertisement Sandy sent me (because it matched the style of my gloves) that I printed on to linen fabric & then stitched to the pages. Let’s look at some of my finished pages (feel free to click on the photo to enlarge it for a better look).
In the photo above you can see the wonderful texture of these crocheted gloves, the vintage hankie, the glove ad peeking behind the glove but, in front of those beautiful autumn silk leaves.
The left margin had to be left free of decoration for Sandy to be able to sew them together.
Which one is YOUR favorite page?
Here’s all the back pages all complete & laid out on the bed waiting to be put with the fronts. I love the beaded fringe & the color & texture it added to the page. Hope you enjoyed this little peek at some of my creative work. I’ll be back at the first of the week to show you the completed book. IT’S A TREASURE FOR SURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!