Wednesday, April 29, 2020


Hi All,
I took a little break from doll making a few months ago, and made this GYPSY/BOHO FIBER BOOK.

I never made a book before. (I've altered books, but never made one from "scratch"). A lot of my friends make books, some fabric, some paper. So, I decided to give it a try.

I made this over a coarse of several months, just working a few hours on the weekend. It was nice working on a project just for me, with no deadline, and no plans for it when it was done. I just wanted to see if I could do it.

I have a LOT of scraps of sari fabrics & trim from India (mostly gotten from my buddy Pamela of "Treasures of the Gypsy") and I wanted to do something with them.

I stared with a base of black cotton over felt. I didn't finish any edges -- just left everything raw. I hand-stitched rectangles of dupioni silk in bright colors.

Over the silk, I stitched patches of trims, appliques, and embroidered pieces of textiles. It's a small book -- 5 x 6 inches and 2 1/2 inches thick.

Here's the front cover: (I did bind the edges of the cover with silk fabrics)

Here's the front & back cover:

This is a view from the top:

Enjoy & be safe! -AB


Mary Ann Tate said...

Very tactile. It's the type of thing you can leave say on a coffee table that guests will pick up and look at.

Arley said...

Thanks for your comment Mary Ann!