First I want to thank you all for the encouraging comments on my last post about 2009 goals. Oh my gosh! People are watching!!!! Nothing like a little pressure, huh?
So, for the last little while I've been teasing you with pictures of the memory book I was working on. Now for the finished work as promised. . . I do try to keep my promises.
Here is how it all came about:
My Dad died this spring, at the age of 90. We went through so many pictures in preparation for his service that I wanted to do something to preserve the memories they invoked. So I decided to make a memory book for my Mom.
Now, for most people, if they say they have been working on something for six months, you would think that they have done a bit of work on a monthly or weekly basis and steadily accumulated completed pieces. Liz doesn't work that way! Oh no! I did the cover, then several months later I cut out more pages. Then I scanned photos. Then, well, there is always something else to do - "I'll just finish this up first." You know how that works? Hint: it doesn't!
Fast forward to December. I now enter into a sewing marathon hoping to have a finished book for Christmas day. If you have been reading this blog, you noticed that I did not post an awful lot last month - only the aforementioned teasers really.
But I made it! So, Mom has the book - and I got some wonderful hugs and kisses - and now it is time to share it with the blog world. There were 18 pages - NOT necessarily in the order shown below (blogger/wordpress and I don't always get along!):
I wish you could see it in person. Photographs do not do it justice of course, and there are too many details to share effectively or efficiently on the net.
I learned some things that may or may not help me in future projects:
- Preparing a sketch ahead of time really helps! The "mud map" is what allowed me to do the stitching and fusing in the short time I ended up with.
- It would be easier to plan ahead when choosing thread colors so that you can stitch everything using that thread at the same time. I must have changed thread six times per page - at least! And I never exaggerate!!
- Fusing photos and cheap, meltable ribbon on the same page is a bad idea!
- Hand embroidery is fun and a nice touch, but you need to have more time for that. There's that PLAN word again!
- My Dad would have gotten a kick out of some of the pages. Wish I'd started a lot sooner.
This project was both fun and stressful. I worked through some grief and had a lot of happy memories. I loved experimenting with my sewing stitches and new ways to display the photos. I would love to make more of this type of book - but not yet! I have a huge backlog of projects and work to get through now!!! Not to mention my 6 tasks in 6 weeks list . . .