My friend Angela gifted me a lot of unique fabric swatches that are just the right size for fabric book covers. I chose a faux alligator leather because I wanted it to be not feminine, which is kind of hard to do in the world of crafting, you know? The fabric was polypropylene, which melts at high temperatures (so I could not iron it), and using water did not help either (or a blow dryer), so making this one was a little trickier than usual. I opted to press it under a load of books until I gave it to my dad. Also, dare I mention that somehow I sewed the bookmark on the front cover instead of the back? After cursing at myself (one-of-a-kind fabric, you see) I decided that maybe it wasn’t such a bad thing since he is left-handed. Tofer, another lefty, said it would work. Phew.
I was inspired by Victoria Gertenbach’s cover article on Quilting Arts magazine to create this seashell talisman with embroidery, beads, and a bit of longing for the beach!