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Monday, May 12, 2014

Tutorial For Lace Book Part 2

Previously Posted May 2014
Reposted because of high interest to be included with the part one post 
please see January 24, 2016


In my previous post I showed the construction of a Lace Book made out of fabric napkins.  The process of sewing the accordion folds to the napkin pages took me one day.
Here is the result:

As you can see, there is plenty of room allowed for adding laces and trims, whatever I desire.  After the pages are completed on the inside, I will finish the outside of the book, including the binding and covers.

Now that the book construction is finished, it's time to embellish and decorate!
This is the time to get out any and all of your stash of lovelies and pick and choose what you might want to use.  Remember, at this point, it's important to decide on your color scheme, arrangement, and placement of items BEFORE you permanently place the item in the book.
I will be sewing my laces and trims in place, but first I will pin them where I think I want them to go.  This is the part that takes me the longest, as I decide what to use and where I want it be located.  Be as creative as you want here.  It's a whole lot of fun, and the results are wonderful to see as you go. 



Layers are important.  Starting a page with a background of a lace piece, fabric, or whatever that you can build upon is a good starting place if you want.  Decide if you want to use the same background on each page, or different ones for each, or none at all.  I used a few in the first book I showed you HERE, but for the most part I left the pages plain and just added embellishments of laces and trims, etc.
When I made my first book, it was at this point I decided that I needed to go back to Pinterest and see what other people were using in their books, and as I did, I made a list of items I saw.
I have printed it here below so you can get an idea of what I gleaned:


Collage Items
Vintage rulers, rusty parts, buttons, papers, book pages, tags, music, fabrics, binding, ribbon, cardboard, cardstock, denim, net, photo album pages, book covers, ric rac, metal elements, burlap, flowers, jewelry bits and bobs, beads, wire, keys, chain, dress pattern tissue, wooden bits, muslin, quilts, batting, leather, corrugated cardboard, vintage wallpaper, handkerchiefs, fabric ribbon (ripped), fibers, tassels, stamens, millinery, velvet, felt, ripped fabric, stamped fabric, children's book pages, crystals, embroidery, measuring tape, spools, bobbins, floss, patchwork, small tiny pillows, stitching, silverware, file folders, pockets, library cards, greeting cards, heart shapes, memory chatelaine w/glass vials to hang

and the list is quite endless.  Use whatever you want to use.

OK.  Now let's see how far I can get on this next part of the book!!
Hope you are each having a wonderful spring!!
Blessings,
Doni


3 comments:

Ivy and Elephants said...

Thanks, Donni. Your lace books are so lovely. Sweet of you to share all the details with us.
Hugs,
Patti

Cheri, the Quilting Nanny said...

Hello Doni...I am loving your lace books and want to make them for my grand daughters. I was wondering tho...your napkin method...once folded....there is (automatically)lace on top and sides, but not bottom. Do you just add lace to the bottom on each page and if so...how is the best way to "hide" the folded bottom? Thanks for the help!

Cheri, the Quilting Nanny said...

I am following your tutorial Doni! I want to make 4 of these for my granddaughters...I hope I can do the binding good as you do! But..do you have a tute on how to finish the front and back cover and how to keep it closed?

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