I have been busy designing & making a book cover for a wedding planner book. I wanted it to be unique, pretty and tactile. I raided my stash of fabrics and ribbons, looking for special pieces which have memory…. I cut up the selected pieces into very small pieces then laid them onto water soluble stabilser, added layers and layers of machine stitch to blend everything together. I hope you find this post helpful? I will be posting the putting together of the book including binding technique…. in the next couple of days! PS. click on images for info…

Alice kettle is a well known textile artist that uses machine stitch in her work.

Another source for in inspiration: the 62 group

About the 62 Group

History

In 1962, the belief that co-operative effort can be more effective than individual enterprise united several young embroidery graduates in a common enterprise – they formed the 62 Group of Embroiderers to be a pressure group and a support system for its members. They knew that their work deserved wider recognition and that for this, it needed to be seen in prestigious venues with appropriate publicity and critical attention.

Some more felt that I have made for book covers. This is ‘Nuno’ felt, it is different from the normal method of feltmaking because you add a fine layer of wool fibre to a piece of woven fabric. Here I have used Merino wool fibres and cotton muslin but you can use any open weave fabric, silk gauze works beautifully and gives a nice soft drape. I just love the texture of ‘Nuno’ felt. have a look at the links below for tutorials on ‘Nuno’ feltmaking. There is loads of information online and also some great books.
http://www.scribd.com/doc/26625021/Nuno-Scarf-Tutorial
http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/7519337-AA.shtml
http://www.angelabarrow.co.uk/Blog/tutorial-nuno-felt-scarf/
A great book for the beginner is ;  Feltmaking by Deborah McGavock and Christine Lewis ISBN 1_-86126-308-2
This book gives you step-by-step instructions to make projects that will take you from beginner to masterclass. A truly inspiring book.

Some more felt that I have made for book covers. This is ‘Nuno’ felt, it is different from the normal method of feltmaking because you add a fine layer of wool fibre to a piece of woven fabric. Here I have used Merino wool fibres and cotton muslin but you can use any open weave fabric, silk gauze works beautifully and gives a nice soft drape. I just love the texture of ‘Nuno’ felt. have a look at the links below for tutorials on ‘Nuno’ feltmaking. There is loads of information online and also some great books.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/26625021/Nuno-Scarf-Tutorial

http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/7519337-AA.shtml

http://www.angelabarrow.co.uk/Blog/tutorial-nuno-felt-scarf/

A great book for the beginner is ;  Feltmaking by Deborah McGavock and Christine Lewis ISBN 1_-86126-308-2

This book gives you step-by-step instructions to make projects that will take you from beginner to masterclass. A truly inspiring book.