I finished the backing for L is for Lettering this week. Here it is with just the sewing done:
Part way through the first stage of gluing:
Ready for gluing down the backs of the corner pockets:
I printed the panels —archival pigment prints— and hung them to dry overnight.
Here are some cut and ready for stitching:
When assembled, the main image will be a large letter O in messy brush lettering.
The image looks clear from a distance, blurry from a bit closer, then sharp and detailed from extremely close up.
The red line indicates stitching. I was originally going to do it in black on black so that it would be quite subtle, but I rather like the red line. Now I just have to decide whether the line will be a running stitch or tiny cross stitches.
Each panel will have a letter of the alphabet stitched on it as well —white on a white background, black on black. I did the outlines in a dashed line that I hoped to use as a guide, but I had to scale some of the letters to make them uniform. (Point sizes are consistent, but typefaces are not!) When I converted the solid outline to dashes the spacing was not the same in all the letters. I will have to hand mark the piercing holes for the stitching after all.
If you liked the moveable structure of last week’s DIY Valentine, but would like to draw/write your own, you can now download PDFs for Slider one-up (same size as the original) or Slider two-up (smaller than the original but you get two per page).
The PDFs have the oval cutout, but you could fold the card with the printed side in if you wish to make a different shaped opening in the card front.
In other book arts news:
This may be the best Valentine’s Day book ever created. Pierre Salas, a 16th century French poet, gave the book to Marguerite Bullioud, his future wife. You can read a bit more about it —and see a few images— here and look at images of all the pages here.
The Getty Museum blog the iris has an article that you may want to read. It examines not only European medieval illuminated books, but also contemporary ones from several other parts of the world.
In knitting news:
Claire Garland (AKA dotpebbles) has released a new free pattern. It is a lovely little koala. A donation to an Australian animal charity is requested in return. With the disastrous fires and now the flooding in Australia, many organizations need more funds to deal with the crisis affecting so much wildlife.
If you want to knit the koala, you will find the pattern here, along with many other lovely creatures. Even if you don’t wish to knit the koala, you could think about making a donation anyway. You could send funds to WIRES or to Koala Hospital or to any of the other organizations working to save Australian wildlife.