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« on: January 15, 2010 05:32:10 PM »

when trying to figure out a gift for my boyfriend's nephew this christmas, i was inspired by the numerous name books posted here on craftster (mommymac and kahlan come to mind!).  so, i decided to embark on a journey of making a name book for deacon...

i chose to use a variety of materials, fabrics, and mediums when creating deacon's name book--this way it'd be stimulating for him and will allow him to experience different textures and explore with his senses Smiley  feathers, ribbons, buttons, beads, sequins, googly eyes, felt, embroidery thread, ric-rac, and cotton fabric was used.

here's the cover: all hand-stitched and completely personalized with colorful thread.




D is for dragon. i used ric-rac for the scales on his back, pink shell beads for the dragon's horns, and googly eyes, along with many different colors of felt.



E is for eagle. i made the eagle with a base of felt and added soft, brown feather with liquid stitch glue. the stars are gold-colored beads sewn on, and one googly eye was added Smiley



A is for alligator. the alligator is felt with colored green ric-rac for his scaley back, as well as a googly eye. his teeth are hand-stitched white embroidery thread. i wanted to add some atmosphere, so i strung various green-colored beads and created some marshy cat-tails Smiley




C is for coyote. this one is my boyfriend's favorite Smiley everything on this page is felt, with the exception of the writing and the bandana around the coyote's neck (a real and unused hanky). i spent some extra time embroidering the cactus for added effect and tactile stimulation, and embroidered in the hooowwwlllll coming from the coyote's mouth!




O is for octopus. orange and pink fish buttons are sewn on, and sequins were added to the octopus to amplify his tentacles and provide both visual and tactile stimulation. embroidered bubbles and googly eyes make the octopus more "life-like" Smiley



N is for newt. the newt has an orange felt base with added patterned cotton fabric on top of her back. she's hiding beneath a brown felt rock that can be pulled back to view her entire body. i just love how her little head and eyes peek out when she's covered up!




the back cover displays a personal and hand-stitched message, as it was a christmas gift from me to him. i also included the date, so that he might be able to look back on this someday and remember the times Smiley



i think the best part about this name book is that it's not just a book--thank's to my boyfriend's ingenuity, the book can also be displayed as a banner! simple thread loops and ties are present at the binding of the book so that it can be hung as a banner or tied up and displayed as a book, allowing pages to be flipped through one at a time.


i love this book and although it took a good amount of time.  let me know if you have any comments or constructive criticism--both are greatly appreciated! Cheesy  thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2010 05:47:57 PM »

Spectacularly well done.  I hope his parents appreciated the skill and love that went into this!
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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2010 05:49:41 PM »

thank you so much erikau! it was for family, and his mom seemed to really like it Smiley your compliments are much appreciated!
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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2010 06:24:52 PM »

That's amazing. I like all the different elements you used. It was a great touch.
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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2010 06:30:11 PM »

Wow.  Every page is a work of art.  Your attention to detail and creativity (I was especially taken with the beaded rushes in the alligator scene) will make this a treasured keepsake for sure. Well done and THIS ROCKS.
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« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2010 06:31:24 PM »

thanks, meleriffic! i took a lot of child psychology classes in school (and am studying to be a school psychologist), so i wanted to put that knowledge to good use--it's so important to allow children to explore different textures and use their senses to learn about letters, colors, shapes, numbers, animals, etc. so glad you like it!   Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2010 06:32:30 PM »

blairsbear i think you're the first to tell me THIS ROCKS! i'm SO doing a happy dance  Grin  thank you!
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« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2010 06:48:16 PM »

I love the rickrack dragon with the ribbon flames Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2010 06:51:59 PM »

tee hee hee thanks knickertwist--it was fun to do!
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« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2010 07:38:50 PM »

This is a-MAZE-ing!
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« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2010 07:51:46 PM »

thank you chicory! i appreciate the compliment Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2010 10:59:54 PM »

Wow.  This book is absolutely AMAZING Shocked!  All of the colors and textures that you included are blowing my mind!  I think the octopus is my favorite.  This book will be treasured, I'm sure.
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« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2010 03:25:36 AM »

What a fantastic idea Cheesy I love the fabrics you used, very cute Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2010 04:27:37 AM »

This is brilliant!  The different materials & textures are great.  Looks like it was a lot of fun to do.  And I love the 'super duper' font - very cool!
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« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2010 07:54:05 AM »

bunnyface, bunny tu tu, and trekky: thank you so much for your compliments! i love the book a lot, and it was actually kind of difficult to give it away. glad you enjoyed it! Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: January 16, 2010 08:37:28 AM »

That is the cutest thing I have ever seen! Love it!
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« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2010 11:19:19 AM »

Absolutely incredible! 
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« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2010 01:18:10 PM »

Oh my stars!
That is the most exquisite, imaginative execution of this idea I've ever seen! REAL FEATHERS!  Newt under a rock! Oh my goodness! I LOVE IT! (and my daughter is expecting a baby in May....it will remain unnamed for a while yet... but I'll be watching Etsy)

That being said, I'm not sure that this would be completely safe for a baby without very VERY close supervision...did you consider the possibility of eyes and beads and stuff coming off under direct assault?
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« Reply #18 on: January 16, 2010 02:28:54 PM »

kittykill, it's an honor for you to compliment my work (i love the fact that mods come in and look at posts and really take the time to make someone feel good about their work!)--thank you so much!

twilightmiracle, you are so sweet--thank you Smiley

mcjulie-o, thank you for your compliment! i'm excited for your daughter--my boyfriend's sister is expecting another baby in september, so i'll probably make another book for her newborn Smiley  and also, thank you for the constructive criticism! fortunately, i did wonder to myself if the googly eyes, beads, and feathers would come off under the ravaging of baby spit, newly grown teeth, and prying fingers... i actually almost stopped embellishing because of it.  but then when i told my boyfriend about the catch 22, he came up with the banner idea! this way, under a parent's discretion, the name book could be used as a banner until the child was old enough to not put the book in her mouth and feel the feathers instead of ripping them off. whew! i certainly don't want to create any choking hazards for the little ones--thanks for thinking ahead with me! Cheesy


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« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2010 06:55:28 PM »

That's really cute. I can tell you put a lot of thought and effort into it and the effect is stunning. I'm sure he loved it Smiley.
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« Reply #20 on: January 16, 2010 10:07:09 PM »

thanks elpheba! it's so wonderful to be able to post in a place where other craftsters can view and appreciate one's work Smiley you all give beautiful compliments!
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« Reply #21 on: January 17, 2010 06:44:33 AM »

This is awesome!
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« Reply #22 on: January 17, 2010 12:15:56 PM »

thanks [[f.a.e.r.i.e]]--i appreciate it! Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: January 17, 2010 01:18:24 PM »

This book is simply amazing. Kudos to you!
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« Reply #24 on: January 17, 2010 02:14:52 PM »

I need to try doing something like this for my daughter. An ABC Book.. She is as trying to learn her ABC's.  Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: January 17, 2010 03:10:42 PM »

thank you MorningIsHere! Smiley

[[F.A.E.R.I.E]], an ABC book would be so cool! it might be a bit thick, but maybe two letters/page would work out ok Smiley let me know if you figure something out!
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« Reply #26 on: January 17, 2010 07:15:36 PM »

totally amazing!
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« Reply #27 on: January 17, 2010 07:33:47 PM »

Wow, that's awesome and very well made!
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« Reply #28 on: January 17, 2010 10:38:48 PM »

why thank you, Daneisha and pjherbert!  you're both so very kind, and i appreciate your compliments Smiley
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« Reply #29 on: February 26, 2010 09:49:48 AM »

i LOVE this! I want to make one for my nephew, and i love how you used so many different things, not just felt and thread. i also love the newt and octopus! love love love.
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« Reply #30 on: March 01, 2010 06:47:30 AM »

aw, thanks sminto! glad to be inspirational Smiley
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