Monday, August 10, 2009

A New Fabric Heirloom Book!

Hello, Friends!

I am so excited to show you my latest custom fabric book, made for the very sweet Catherine Scalise of Treasured Heirlooms and Elegance and Whimsy. You can find her blog here.

Cathy was opening up her Marie-Antoinette-themed website, so when we brainstormed together about the theme of her book, we came up with a few ideas: Marie Antoinette, decadent sweets and special memories.

This book was both challenging and enjoyable for me. I have never done anything quite like this one, but, similar to the other custom books I've made for customers, the book sort of created itself under my hands. Things I didn't plan in the beginning and were added sort of spontaneously became my favorite elements in the book.

So without further ado, here's a million gazillion trillion photos of the book!
Fabric "cake" made of ivory lace, vintage tatted lace and dozens of tiny vintage millinery flowers...
Sitting on top is a miniature vintage figurine reminiscent of Marie Antoinette...






Vintage miniature dresden lace figurine that looks like Marie in all of her finery...


Cathy's Little Pink House, as featured in Romantic Homes...
I hand-embroidered this Southern Belle from a vintage embroidery pattern and added a tiny pink house in the background...
Hand-glittered crown from Sugar Sugar...

Pink gown with a paper "bustle" that buttons up into the dress. It can be written on, photos fixed to it or any number of other possibilities. Vintage lace trims the bustle and peeks out from under the dress.
A new technique for me...stamping on muslin.The beautiful Cathy and her husband on their wedding day...


I hand-embroidered this vintage motif on old ivory linen. The pattern was of a "Gibson Girl" but she looks like Marie in her corset and fancy up-do!
Another lovely gown. I added some "grubby" vintage lace to the top, which made the entire dress look old.
One of my favorite pages, this next one is a "corset" made of vintage blue satin fabric and vintage lace. It laces up like a real corset! If you unlace the corset, a paper portion is revealed inside on which to write or fix a photo....





Yummy little velvet bloom from Sugar Sugar...
The many faces of Marie, printed on fabric, become tiny little pockets for keeping sweet treasures...
Another of my favorite pages, this page has a pocket trimmed in the grubbiest and most delightful heavy lace trim. I sewed an image of Marie to the pocket and then used vintage millinery flowers and grubby blue seam binding (ruched by hand) from Memrie Mare on etsy, to frame it.
Piece of lovely vintage wallpaper...

Another hand-glittered crown by Sugar Sugar, layered on top of vintage wallpaper and new scrapbook paper. Gruny tags by Memrie Mare.


One of my favorite paper spreads...French sheet music, lovely images from a Paper Bella collage sheet and yummy blue velvet bow...
Delicate vintage lace....
One of the paper pages I enjoyed making most...torn pink book pages (Memrie Mare), vintage sheet music, new vintage-inspired scrapbook pages and more. Just layered them on! So easy and a beautiful effect.
Another vintage embroider pattern was the starting point for this page. Originally a 1920's lingerie girl, complete with bullet bra, I turned this beauty into Marie by adding long curls and plates full of sweets on the floor beside her....
This next page was fashioned from a vintage Southern Belle pillowcase...a really special one. It was already "shaded" so I simply embroidered outline stitches all over and then made French knot flowers. I cut her out of the pillowcase and then hand-embroidered her to the white lace pocket.
Hope you've enjoyed peeking into this book! If you are interested in ordering a custom-created book for yourself or someone close to you, please contact me at roseyposeyclothes@yahoo.com and we can discuss it. I am about to start on a book for someone's baby but I can put you on the waiting list after her if you would like! :)

10 comments:

Cathy said...

Cheryl,

Words can never describe the beauty of my "Memory Book". I have been slowing writing and filling it up with treasures.

You are amazingly talented and I am honored to own one of your creations.

Ladies if you want a "true" keepsake created with just "You" mind, this is the lady to ask.

Cheryl, my sweet friend, YOU ROCK.

Lots of hugs and kisses! I will treasure this beauty forever.

Cathy
www.CathyScaliseCollections.com

Pieceful Bits said...

WoW!!! Absolutely gorgeous book! Amazing details-Bravo!!
(~~)
Julie

Julie Ann Grakowsky said...

Oh my GOODNESS!!!!! This book is just breathtaking!!! What a wonderful talent you have...

RachaelEnsom said...

Looks great!!

The Rose Room said...

exquisite!

Alison Gibbs said...

Such beautiful work and gorgeous colours
Alison

Sugar Bear said...

{Sigh} Saving my pennies over here!
Karla

TattingChic said...

What a beautiful book! I'm sure the photos don't do it justice, either. I'm saying that it's absolutely lovely in the photos and I'll bet it's even more gorgeous in person! Thanks for sharing! :)

Natasha Burns said...

Cheryl this is completely amazing! This would take me a whole year or more to complete~!!!
I am totally in love love love with that pink southern belle embroidery you did, oh gosh it's out of this world!

KORONKA said...

The blue dress and the crown are beautiful!