Today's pictures are from an embroidered book cover I made from blue silk. In the sixteenth century (and earlier) embroidered and decorated book covers were a status symbol and reflected the high value of the books they contained and protected. I recommend the following e-book for a drool-worthy read and source of inspiration:
|One of the beautiful examples of embroidered book covers from the site above|
My piece was designed to be relatively simple because it was my first attempt at a book cover. I wasn't sure how the embroidery would stretch or sit. The design is a stylised Griffon in a wreath of leaves.
|The piece when it was taken out of the frame|
The design was taken from a woodcut that I found online. I padded a notebook cover with a thin wadding and covered it with the silk.