Recently I was given a black Dylusions Square Journal from my dear friend. I knew then it was the perfect Journal to showcase my Love of Poppies because of the black background. Adding hand or machine stitching to my Art Books makes me happy. . . so does adding beautiful cross-stitched or embroidered pieces to the pages.
I wrote My Love of Poppies with a pencil on antique linen then used black embroidery floss to hand stitch the words. When I saw these Wood Hoops made by Crate Paper I knew I had to have them. They perfectly highlight the title.
I cut out a square window on the first page to give a little sneak peek of the page to come.
The window was outlined with a blanket stitch using red variegated embroidery floss.
To create a collage on the upper right corner, I used 7 Gypsies Gaffer Tape and machine stitched pieces of scrap Mixed Media Paper. The felted poppy connects the wooden hoop with the window.
Below is the first cross-stitched poppy mounted with Scor-Tape patiently waiting to be decorated another day.
This is one of many ongoing Art Books that will evolve over time.
Have fun creating!