Hellooo! I had seen some really cool ribbon rosettes online, so I thought I'd try my hand at making one! I made a bee ribbon, just in time for Sherlock Holmes's birthday! After retiring from being a detective, Holmes started beekeeping instead... hopefully, this is only the first of many weird little Holmes references that I can wear all at once.
I tried some super-novicey stumpwork... I wasn't able to find too many tutorials online, so I sort of made it up as I went along. Thanks for having a look!
You already know I'm super jealous of this. What a delicious thrift find! I'm also in the process of making ridiculous bows out of part of a thrift-outfit to further lolify the rest of said outfit. Not sure where to put them...
Wow, this is awesome! I absolutely love goliath beetles, and you totally did them justice. The pins are the perfect touch! I just started looking at the needlework board recently, and I'm blown away by the talent here!
All righty! To me, Craftster is all about trying new things and new media, so for this challenge, I decided to go completely out of my comfort zone and do two totally new crafts for me: canning and embroidery! My sister and I bought a ton of strawberries at the farmers' market and made some delicious strawberry jam, and then I embroidered/sewed two covers for the jam jars.
I've never embroidered before, so for the first one, I decided to freehand it instead of trying to make a pattern:
I found that I really really enjoyed embroidery; I never would have expected it. I don't usually take to crafts like knitting, crochet, etc. but I found embroidery to be the perfect mix of drawing and repetitive motion for me. I'm sure my work is pretty sloppy and that there are tons of new stitches and techniques for me to learn, but hey, that's what Craftser is for, right?
After I made the strawberry one, I thought, "you know, I'm totally going to lose my metal cred over this frilly jam cover." And so I made a second one, and officially named our jam batch: "ETERNAL JAMNATION." I tried to make a tracing-paper pattern for this one, but it didn't really end up working out, so I ended up freehanding this one as well after making a few guideline-stitches. Maybe next time!
The odd couple:
According to my profile, I joined Craftster in February of 2005... I can't believe it! I've learned so many new things from this site... I can only imagine what I'll make for the 20th anniversary!
Wow, that is amazing. And inspiring. I wonder if there is a way to fix mildew stains? I have some stuff from the 1800's that are beautiful like this, but sadly they are damp-damaged. They don't smell bad, but there's no removing the stains is there?
Have you had anyone give you an estimate of the worth of the book now that it's restored? I know collectors like unrestored items, but that poor book couldn't get much worse, could it? It's nice that you so lovingly restored it. I will never have a kindle, I tell ya!
Regarding mildew stains, it is entirely possible, but sadly, a ridiculously exact science. This article might give you some idea of the finickiness of foxing and mildew. You're best off taking your books to a professional restorer or conservator.
I haven't had anyone give me an estimate of its worth, but I imagine it isn't worth much of anything. I got it on ebay for around 20 bucks, and I'm guessing that now that it's been altered like this (as opposed to conserving its original parts, etc.) any value it may have had as an antique is gone. That's fine by me, though, as I'm just trying to build up a nice turn-of-the-19th-century library, and don't intend to get rid of it. Paper books are amazing; in fact, I'd say they are one of my favorite things in the world; but I gotta say, nothing travels like a kindle!
A fabulous job! There are a couple of good articles at the Golden site (acrylic paints I like very much) about varnish. They have one that is good with uv and also flexible, so might be good for all the handling books get. It's also removable, so if your book gets grimy, you can remove the old grungy varnish and apply a new coat. here is the link;
Now, I have some questions for the good people of craftster: I used regular acrylic paint to repaint this; is there a better choice? And is there some sort of sealant or lacquer that I could use to seal the covers so the paint doesn't chip or get damaged? Thanks so much!