Monday, July 27

Making the Monsoon fiber book.

I'd promised to make a tutorial to explain how I went about making the Monsoon inspired fiber book.
As promised here it is after delays of not being able to transfer pictures from my camera etc.   
So I began by choosing a size for my pages. I chose 4 inches x 6inches for each page. I also chose the fabric for the pages some were silks others were dyed with rust and tea. 

 I cut fabric fusing into pieces measuring 8 inches x 12 inches and ironed them onto the back. Ironing fusing onto the back of the fabric one is going to do embroidery or applique on, stops the base fabric from puckering.Especially if you are embroidering text. 

Then I embellished the pages with embroidery and applique. There was fabric and paper which I appliqued onto some pages.  

Once the embroidery and applique was done I put the pages together, just to see I had the sequence right. 
Next each double spread was turned over and the excess fabric was folded over and tacked down.
 Next two double spreads were placed with backs together and the edges were stitched together with an overcast stitch. Once all four sides had been sewn up the tacking was removed.
  Then I put the pages together and since there are just three or four pages, I took some sturdy thread and stitched through the center of the pages to secure them and hold them together.
 So this is the little fiber book.
Somewhere along the way I felt a small shibori frill attached to the edge of the cover would complete the whole thing, and that's just what I did.
 The Monsoon fiber book.
I hope the method I used is sufficiently clear for you to try and make a little fiber book of your own. It isn't rocket science so I'm sure you'll improvise any steps you couldn't understand and create something quite special.
Do let me know I'd love to see what you create.


johanna said...

i have seen parts of your monsoon book via pinterest before and loved it - thanks for showing it all in one place now!

Thread Born said...

Great step-by-step, Maya. Passed a link along to some of my students.-Julie

Maya Sara Matthew said...

Thank you Johanna and Julie. Appreciate the fact that you've passed the link to your students Julie.

Caterina Giglio said...

Maya, THAT is amazing!! x

Sharmon Davidson said...

Maya, your book is lovely! Thanks for the step-by-step tutorial; i think I just might try one!

Maya Sara Matthew said...

Thank you Caterina and Sharmon. Would love to see what you create Sharmon.

Judy Martin said...

Maya, this book is astounding. I love the reverse sides - they are like a secret code - it is all very inspiring. Thank you for your excellent tutorial.

Maya Sara Matthew said...

Thanks you Judy. You're right the reverse does look like a secret code.

Marta Brysha said...

It may not be rocket science to assemble the book, but the contents are inspired artistry that is not only compelling visually but shows what a beautiful person you are. So few people stop to consider the welfare of fish. I always say to people that I don't eat animals of any kind because they are my friends. Someone once said to me that fish weren't his friends. I said: they're my friends.

Anonymous said...

I really love this ! Helene H