Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Bookmark Swap Round 3 - Bookmarks complete!

So I joined my first craftster swap, and had so much fun crafting for other people that I can't wait to sign up for more!  For this swap, participants had the option to be partnered up one-on-one, or placed in groups of 5 or 6 people.  I, of course, chose the latter :)  After playing around with this type of medium and that, I decided to stick with what I know best for this first swap - FABRIC!  Drawing inspiration from the Fabric Collage Bookmark by the very talented Lynn at Her Creative Spirit, and using this tutorial at PrintAndSew.com for printing on fabric, this is what I came up with.

The bookmarks themselves are made from 4 layers of fabric - 2 layers of print on the outside, and 2 layers of muslin inside.  I used the muslin as a stablizer for the applique, and to add more structure to the bookmark.  I originally had used Warm & Natural quilt batting behind the top piece as the applique stabilizer, and a piece of cardstock sandwiched between that and the back piece of print, but this turned out more "book friendly".

All the applique artwork and text were printed directly onto muslin before being applied to the bookmark.  Take a look at the finished projects (clilck the pics for larger view!):

For Spotnik - This one is based on the four elements and uses artwork Elements from daisuke88 at deviantart.com.

For Pogo - She mentioned she liked bird silhouettes, vultures, and the Poe quote from "Dream within a Dream".

For jungianwanderer - I tried to make her a nice, Druidy bookmark with spirals and a Tree of Life painting by Tim Parish.

For Knittingjo - A sister trekkie, she mentioned the Worf quote from TNG Episode "Qpid" as one of her favorite quotes, and Picard as one of her favorite characters/Captains. 

For squire_inaria - Inspired by a set of items on her wists (these Arthur Rackham pendants made by Onyxnox on craftster) and one of her favorite quotes.  This turned out to be my favorite one, so I printed a few extra copies of the illustrations for myself for later use in some project or another  :)

And here is a shot of all 5 together!

I am really quite proud of how these turned out, especially since I have never made a bookmark before.  I hope I was thorough enough in my stalking that my partners like them as much as I do!  :)  This was the perfect first swap for me as far as project size and requirements, crafting deadline, and theme.  For what seems like such a simple thing, it was a tremendous amout of fun... I can't wait to get started on some more!

1 comment:

  1. GORGEOUS bookmarks! You did a fantastic job! The photos don't do them justice. I'd be happy to swap with you anytime. :) -Pogo