I received a book cover commission from a very lovely lady this week. A real book enthusiast who wanted a special cover for her inventory book and who loved a design she’d seen in my shop. My brief being to make it darker and more stormy if possible, I set to.
I laid out two layers of BFL and then a final carded layer of BFL and Merino.
Next, I added the snow using wool nepps. It’s important to put the snow on before the tree so that you don’t end up with blank spaces round it later or snow in a line down the trunk. I wet the background fibres before adding the tree so that I could position exactly where I wanted it and without it being disturbed later.
More snow laid on the bottom third – well it was settling!
Laying fibres along the top of the branches not only represents settling snow but brings the tree to life. In addition to white fibres I also laid a little crab fibre for that added shine. I suppose you’d like to see the finished version now.
The edges are blanlet stitched in navy blue embroidery thread.
You can see how the crab fibres have been forced to wiggle as the wool felted down.
I love the darkness of the sky and am wondering whether I should have made the foreground darker too. The photos may not show it but the sky has some datk purples and greys mixed in there and the tree is actually a mixture of black, dark browns and dark greens.
This is a special size book cover so I just hope I’ve got the dimensions right and as it’s already in the post I should know soon.
If you fancy making your own book cover why not come along next Friday 14th February to the book cover workshop here in Ilkley. There’s still a couple of places – book now.