Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fall Bookmaking

Thank you ALL for the wonderful comments in response to Audrey's magazine cover.  

I tried to respond to all of you but there are many of you who do not have your emails attached to you Blogger profile.  I'm just letting you know since a number of my BNFs have found that Blogger dropped their email from their profile without their knowledge.  

Again, thanks so very much.  It felt like a party around here the past two days! 

Next week I am teaching the Harikuyo Needlebook class to my Embroiderers' Guild.  I've broken the course down into two sessions.  We'll embroider the front and back covers in October and construct the book in November.

It just so happens that I also just finished a version of the book in silks, using little bits of special ribbons and trims.



Before stitching this book, I was worried that the silk wouldn't hide the binding stitches where the felt pages are sewn to the spine...


It actually didn't look bad at all so I was pleased to have a "fancy", gaijin (Japanese for "foreigner") version of the book for those who are using their own fabrics...


I'll be offering this needlebook e-course again this Fall.  If interested, you can learn more about the Harikuyo tradition in Japan and the needlebook course here.  Additionally, if there is anyone who took the course last time and didn't get to finish, you are welcome to re-join this group.  Just let me know.


Someone asked if I'll be making kits like this one? Unfortunately, I cannot.  

I intend to give a couple of options for kits but all of them will be using traditional japanese fabrics in the spirit of the book.  That being said, there is an option to take the class without the kit and use any fabrics you choose.


There were a number of folks who did that last time; you can see some of them in our Flickr group.  Or perhaps, like my Guild members, you can make one using the kit to learn on...and then branch off and make another once you're an experienced bookmaker.

Additionally, I've re-stocked the label sets in my Etsy shop so if you need them, they are there.

I'm off to make kits for next week.  Luckily my friend Carolyn is coming over to help me cut up all those bits of fabric and felt.  God bless her, I am so grateful for the help.

If all goes well, I'll get to start my next Reflections block tomorrow.  I'm chomping at the bit!

20 comments:

Linda H said...

Susan, this needlebook is beautiful, I like it every bit as much as the previous one. The colors are so "gentle". Oh how I'd love to be in your Embroiderer's Guild...

Joan Schmidt said...

Dumb question. Which is your EGA chapter?

Susan Elliott said...

No question is dumb. Constellation Chapter, Mid-Atlantic region, USA

FlowerLady said...

What a beautiful needle book. I love the colors and how wonderful that each type of needle has its own little page.

FlowerLady

Rachel said...

Good luck with the fabric cutting - it can be quite a trial when it's lots of small bits!

Jillayne said...

The book turned out beautifully Susan. I love the little flowers attached to the tie - they add such prettiness!

Heather M. said...

I love this needlebook. It's very pretty.

I don't have a blogger account! Perhaps that's why I don't receive replies to my comments (not just here). However, when you click on my name it takes you right to my blog where there's a contact button.

gracie said...

I love this version...I have just the fabric I can use. I know the traditional is Japanese print, but I do love this one! Sign me up. Will you be able to offer the labels or a how to?

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Susan your needle book is so beautiful! I also love the labels for the various types of needles. Mine get all bundled together in my pin cushion and this is a great idea for storing needles! I will be checking out your shop.

Catherine said...

Such a sweet needle book! Love the colors and the flower.
Ooohhhhh.....the next reflections block.....looking forward to watching you create the next one!

Suztats said...

How lovely in the ribbon! I'm afraid I'm not as disciplined as you-- I have a needlebook, but do not use it....my needles are helter-skelter in a pincushion! Then, I never know just which needle I'm using....tsk tsk...lashes with wet embroidery floss for me.........lol

Coeur de freesia said...

I really love the subtle colors of this one. It is very pretty !

Alisa Noble said...

Congrats on your well deserved cover girl, Susan!!

I so wish I had the time right now to take your needle book class. I have one tiny little vintage strawberry that is packed with needles. However, I usually find them later in the day stuck here and there, forgotten in the legs of my pants!

Susan said...

It is absolutely beautiful! Great Job!!! I love it.

Createology said...

Susan Dear I am definitely taking your E-Course with the Kit. This book is very beautiful yet I know whatever you include in each kit will be equally divine. Thank you for sharing your skills and knowledge. Blessings and Stitching Bliss...

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Susan. Enjoyed seeing your bookcover--very lovely and subtle.
best, nadia

Annette said...

Beautiful !!!!

Gerry Krueger said...

I think two days will be perfect and I love these colors.... Hugs Ger

vicki said...

Susan- this needle book is gorgeous. Your creations are always just so stunning-- if you ever run out of things to do-- you can make me a needle book!!! You have some amazing talents girlfriend--
Vicki

elmsley rose said...

Ohmigod. Just come back to reading blogs after a break - last time I read yours you had mentioned the "romantic" version of the needlecase, and here it is! I'm in looooooooove! Hoping to find availability/prices somewhere.
Extra dribbles for the little 'bud' tassels.

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