Monday, January 26, 2015

- Some assembly required: Progress on Close Your Eyes

Realizing that the first lullabye book was starting to come together, I decided to take some process shots so I can remember what I did when I make the second one ...

My original intention was to stitch the individual 5" x 5" pages onto flannel, then sew the flannel together into two-sided pages, but it quickly became apparent that the book would be too thick. So, no flannel, just two pages back-to-back with a 1" strip of cloth along the spine edge ...


joined together with safety pins ...


then stitched along the spine edge, front and back ...

Note: I stitched the edging onto the front side, folded it over the spine,
then stitched the backside without going all the way through to the front.


This is where it got interesting. I wanted the stitch joining the two pages together to show on one side, but not the other. Which argued for Jude's invisible basting ...


but with the b-side intentionally visible, which required some thought about what exactly would show and how to get there. So I tried for a "wandering" stitch since I was pretty sure that straight line basting would be pretty hard to pull off ...

The resulting line calls to mind the Flight of the Bumblebee ...
or the path taken by any two-year old child on a walk

Last, but not least, there was an eleventh-hour addition of two pages when daughter Meg made a comment that confirmed what I knew in my gut: I needed to include all of the lyrics. Fortunately, I've gotten much more comfortable with the Pitt pen ...


and was pleasantly surprised at how much I was able to stitch in one day ...

Note: one word was changed to fit what I used to sing to my girls every night ...

10 comments:

Marti said...

Joyful and loving, these lullaby books for Jace and Griffin. I can well imagine them, one a t a time, holding their book, perhaps sitting on GrandMa's lap as you sing and they croon, sing with you, closing their eyes, leaning back against you, fingers holding tightly then relaxing to wander over the stitching...the notes of family, binding together with love...

Mo Crow said...

beautiful work Liz, these will become family heirlooms to be handed on through the generations

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

how utterly moving, heirlooms indeed

Liz Ackert said...

Marti, Mo and Saskia ... I don't know that I realized the heirloom dimension to quite this extent, but your chorus has triggered visions of boys grown to men, singing to their own babes in arms some day. And that makes me smile.

Anonymous said...

it make me smile eather
again a new word for me "heirlooms " yes ..... heirlooms who knows ....?
M.

Liz Ackert said...

Smiles are good ... we could use more of them in this old world

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

close your eyes we're gonna have a good time

Yes. Yes.

Liz Ackert said...

Yesterday we spent the day in Austin with 2 year old Griffin ... just giving him our undivided attention. Perfect.

beth from still life pond said...

This is so enchanting. Watching your construction decisions with interest.

Liz Ackert said...

I am watching with interest, too ... and wonder what I'll end up doing