Friday, January 27, 2012

lion's pelt

the pages all hemstitched
and sections placed
india calls this silk
lion's pelt
so appropriate
so i have two of these books
my exemplar and the lions pelt
just beginning
ready for the story
an eye, jude?
te he
magic on lion pelt
learning magic thread
it's tricky
aimee yarn
also tricky 
the stump. 
the mac.
third snow day this winter.
 almost snowless, 
but the ice was treacherous.


ronnie said...

these look fabulous velma! and as I've been making little paper 'no sew' book models lately I kinda know the basic construction technique for these - but your fabrics and stitching take the idea into a totally different realm!

Anonymous said...

i want to touch this so badly!

aimee said...

Yay! The hard work is reaping and reaping!! I love it all. And what you did with the Habu stuff! I never could have imagined, but of course you did, and brought it to life.

deanna7trees said...

your book is wonderfully beautiful. and you're right about the magic thread. it takes some practice in the stitching to get to show it at its best.

Lisa said...

perfectly stunning...and i love what you've done with the small feat as that yarn is quite challenging to work with.

aracne said...

I have beek reading your last posts all together: I love what you make, how you describe it, the pictures and the use of colour in them.
I love your book, I was looking for an idea for a sampler and now I am inspired, thank you.

Velma said...

ronnie, it's alisa golden's structure, and she has a tutorial over at making handmade books, and in one or two of her books.
serena, it would surprise you!
aimee, grinning foolishly!
deanna, more and more admiration for you stitching folk!
lisa, i think habu is just one huge challenge
aracne, thank you.

Velma said...

and arachne, i am, unlike you, unable to read your blog, but it's enticing!

Alice said...

Oho! Slot and hole. How ingenious. I am holding my breath.

Velma said...

yep, thanks to a alisa!

jude said...

an eye.

Velma said...

thought you'd SEE that!

Valerianna said...

Love the aimee yarn, cool! And, well, all the textures.

3rd day in a row I have wanted to move into my studio,
but the weather - either pouring rain on top of ice, or now, THICK ice. Life in the Northeast...

Velma said...

valerie, nifty textures. so sorry you can't get in yet.
the ice is startling, and so exhausting.

henrietta (aka ani aka zani) said...

velma this looks like it has such a good feel in the hand...interested in seeing how it all comes together. color is so gentle too. how many "sections/signatures" have to put together - I guess i'm asking what is the max that the slot and tab can be put together...just pondering...happy jackson pollock b-day tooooo - time to find more color if only for today!

Velma said...

henrietta, it's up to someone else to experiment on...but it can get to bulky and heavy i think.

Annette said...

I know I'm a bit late, but wow that technique is amazing.. and that lions pelt? I have to ask... where did you find it? It's glorious looking I so want to touch, pat, fondle..

Velma said...

annette, it's all gone, a remenant from the city

Alisa said...

Hi, Velma!
I love that you wove the pages! I think cloth is absolutely the best material for slot & tab and yours looks like it has a particularly nice texture as well. Have you ever thought of working (embroidering?) some of your lovely (blog) poetry into your books? Seems like it would be a good fit: a few highlighted words/worlds at a time, the backs as mirrors images.

Velma said...

alisa, thank YOU for this structure. i love working with this...and everyone visiting here should go and read your books and your blog (making handmade books). i own several of your books, by the way.

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