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« on: April 23, 2009 09:06:35 AM »

Here is a book cover that I made for the WWP 11 swap - it holds a standard 1 subject notebook.  Hawthorns are the sacred flower of Beltane ...

What was so fun was the flowers ... I can't draw freehand to save my life and being a silly Capricorn I will do things the most difficult way known to man no matter how long it takes!  This project would have been simpler for someone else -   Cheesy  I had to trace them off my computer screen - then trace them onto the felt at the window  - then cut them out ... and the stupidest part was that I sewed the cover first THEN embellished it (it already had stiffening stuff ironed on so every stich was an effort!  Plus, I have never attempted to recreate a flower in stitches and felt (at least not a REAL one).  Here's the finished product up close with real ones for reference ...

I hope they look like Hawthorns -   Wink .  (I saw lots of pics where the stamens were pink and I thought they were prettier that way).  I'd love to think I could make one for myself some time, but I ran out of the luscious brown fabric and I don't think I would ever put that much effort into something for me!
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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2009 09:15:00 AM »

Wow!  It's very nice. And though the process seems to have gotten overly-complicated, it turned out to be elegant and simple. 
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2009 09:30:52 AM »

This is really nice!
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« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2009 10:52:13 AM »

I think your hawthorns are beautiful!  They almost look like the real thing (thanks for including a photo of the real thing, too! - I had forgotten exactly what they looked like.

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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2009 11:05:02 AM »

It's beautiful, (forget that, it's gorgeous!) and yes, the flowers do look like hawthorn flowers (I know how it gets. You stare at the same design for hours on end as you work at it and it's impossible to see it 'objectively', you need someone else's feedback.)

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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2009 06:51:43 AM »

Thanks for the comments!  icarus.t.rex - love your theory - I think you are correct -  Grin

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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2009 04:03:34 PM »

This is so lovely...a cover for a spiral notebook...so clever and simple! 

As a fellow silly Capricorn, I totally understand why you did it the hard way and I salute your wonderful work!

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« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2009 07:17:33 AM »

Beautiful work.

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« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2009 01:02:02 PM »

This is absolutely fantastic!
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