|Where we left off: Felted, fulled, dry & somewhat misshapen|
Looks like I am getting this post done this week by the skin of my teeth. But I made it, whew!!! If you are just now joining this pictorial lesson, be sure to read Part 1 first, and then follow along with part 2. Thanks for your patience everyone. And now, on with the show...
When we left off last time the book covers had been felted, fulled, rinsed and left to dry. Now we get to cut the flaps that will hold the front and back covers. I start by laying the book on the felt piece to make sure it's still large enough. If you find yours has shrunk too much you can wet it again, stretch it, block it and then let it dry.
|Checking the size|
|Sides cut straight and extra material at the top & bottom|
|Extra felt cut off the top.|
|Pockets formed & raised up so they are easier to see|
|The book will be placed inside this area|
|Book cover before cutting|
|Pockets being cut with excess felt at the top|
|Excess felt at top and bottom with pockets cut straight|
|Excess felt removed|
|Freshly cut edges need to be sealed|
|Rubbing the edges|
|Keep rubbing all cut edges|
|Uneven & fuzzy edge after sealing|
|Rubbing the edges against the counter|
|Gently rinse the soap out|
|Book wrapped in plastic for a fitting|
|Close the cover to make sure it's fitting properly|
Once you know it fits correctly remove it from the book and let it dry. In the meantime, pick out a pretty button and gather your needle and thread. When it's dry put it on the book, close the flap and decide where you want the button to be.
|Or maybe here?|
|Ah yes, right here!|
To make the button hole, cut the tiniest of slits in your chosen location. Wet your fingers - no soap this time - and rub the cut. The edges will seal and the hole will slowly get larger. Check it periodically against the button to make sure you don't make it too large.
|Snip a tiny slit to start the button hole|
|It gets larger after rubbing it with wet fingers|
|Check the size using the button - don't make the hole too big|
|Marking location of button|
|Merino roving, silk fabric, firestar|
|Merino roving, merino tussah blend, cotton gauze, poly lace|