It's taken me a while, but here are the instructions for making the Bookwraps I showed you in a previous post., this post is specially for Carol Stocker. ,have fun Carol!
My aim here is to make a textile bookwrap using very basic materials and lots of imagination, so here's the recipe.
How much fabric? _ Measure around the middle of your chosen book one and a half times, this is the length of your bookwrap. Then measure the height of the book plus an inch or so, this is the width.Calico - (Dyed with coffee )In a large bowl, mix about 8 teaspoons of coffee with a mug of boiling water. Add the calico and soak for a few minutes. Wring out some of the liquid and then place the wet fabric on a baking tray in a moderate oven. Bake for about 15 minutes , then turn over and repeat. The fabric needs to be in a crumpled heap, not flat. Don't leave the room or you might have a fire! Hang out to dry and watch your neighbours faces!
Cut or tear the fabric to your measurements, you'll need two pieces.(One is for the lining)
Black Felt- Cut one piece slightly smaller than your measurements, so it doesn't show.
Chiffon -could be black, or whatever goes with your colour scheme.
Paper- This could be newspaper painted with coffee, oiled paper, try brown wrapping paper or photocopies (just rub Almond oil, available from the chemist, into the paper and it morphs into something completely different, lovely semi- translucent papers that will take stitch. Best thing is , it also makes your hands lovely and soft!)
On the left of the picture below you can see the papers before the oil was rubbed in.
On some of my bookwraps, I've transferred photocopied images onto the calico before adding the paper strips. I also did this to make the 'belt' in the picture at the start of this post.
These are just a few suggestions, I'd love to see what you can come up with!