Thursday, January 22, 2015

- A sneak peek: Framing windows

One of my favorite results from the rust dye trial was the windows that sprang from a sheet of Junkology metal scrap that we got on Black Friday (take that, big name retailers) ...


As you can see, the two sides of the metal sheet left different impressions. Cutting one out, I told Don that I was going to insert a tiny picture of Meliss and Jace behind a window in the lullaby book ...

Note the cut edges on this one versus the torn edges below ...

"Like a flap?" he asked.

"Oooooo, I hadn't thought of that!" I replied ... and promptly abandoned what I was doing to cut out a new window...

Serendipity: the torn edges actually lined up with the rust lines

Which opens to reveal an ink-jet printed cloth photograph ...

Ink jet fabric printing invisibly basted and edged with blanket stitch ...
applique would have been preferable, but the cloth quality is limiting and hard to stitch

Happy day ... I love making tiny stitches ...

18-20 stitches per inch

Better yet, final assembly of the first lullaby book is finally in sight.

Addendum:

The grad school food groups revisited on a rainy day: saturated fats, salt, chocolate, caffeine, and carbs
And because I want to remember how I made it (using flatware, not measuring spoons) ... two heaping table spoons of Dutch process cocoa, one scant tea spoon of espresso powder, two tea spoons of sugar and a splash of vanilla, whisked together with some hot tap water.  Added to two small cups of milk and a slug of cream, heated gently on the simmer burner. Makes two small, very rich mugs of hot chocolate.

4 comments:

Marti said...

What magic in the secret reveal of the flap, both grandparents involved in this treasure of a family heirloom, Don the idea of the flap, Liz in the ability to make it so...your joy and enthusiasm and endless variety of magical cloth makings are so terrific Liz.

Liz Ackert said...

Thanks Marti ... never thought I could have so much fun on a rainy day. All I need to make it perfect is some popcorn and hot chocolate.
Hmmmm ...

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

here's a lesson in Trust. I Trusted the email to let me know when you had a new post here and
when i hadn't gotten a notification, i came, late yesterday, and saw all that i had been missing...
so for whatever reason, the notices of blog posts aren't happening and i missed this
FLAP and it's BEAUTY FULL, this flap, it's Perfect and i love it a lot and popcorn...o h....i
want popcorn

Liz Ackert said...

It's funny (hmmm, maybe that should be "alarming") how much trust we put in this new world of technology. Still, I wouldn't go back to snail mail for anything. The immediacy of this communication is priceless.
I did miss seeing you, but figured your life was busier than usual ... and was so happy to find all your comments in my email this morning. For my part, I have found the Blogger utility that lets me see the most recent posts from my Kindred Spirits to be a most helpful tool. The only downside is that I often find myself the first visitor to a post, and so I return later to see what comments have been left as they usually make the story that much richer.