I wanted to use the slashing technique to create the cover. My first attempt was a bit of a disaster.
I made a‘sandwich’ consisting of a backing of calico, then red silk noil with 11 pieces of patterned cotton patchwork fabric followed by a top layer of plain black cotton.
I then machine stitched ¼” lines in 3 blocks of 7 rows. I slashed through all the layers as the idea was to then lay the piece on top of another red piece of fabric as a background. After rinsing it through and putting the piece in the tumble drier, this is what it came out like..
Not at all as I wanted it! On reflection I should not have slashed through all the layers but as I said I wanted to pull the ‘strands’ apart so that you could see the red background.
Anyway, I took lots of close up photographs – things always look so much better in close up – and decided to use this one.
I played around with it in PSP and printed it on to a piece of muslin using t-shirt transfer paper.
I then made another ‘sandwich’ of fabric with a calico backing, followed by a layer of black felt, two layers of red muslin, two layers of white muslin, the transfer printed muslin and one last layer of white muslin on the top.
Once again, I machine stitched in ¼” lines using a black rayon thread, then slashed through all layers of fabric except the black felt & calico.
I used black beads to secure the ends of the threads.
I had previously soaked a piece of white muslin in Bubble Jet Set and using a ‘typewriter’ font printed out the words ‘Black & White & a dash of red’. I cut these out and stitched them onto the slashed fabric.
I made some beads using a spare piece of the slashed fabric by cutting elongated triangle shapes and wrapping them around a bodkin before securing them in place on top of the cover.
This is the finished cover…