Well, if that doesn’t rouse your interest, nothing will!
Seriously, though, I’ve got three more shelves done, including the one with the Penguin Classic paperbacks on it. They look a bit blah at the moment, as they need the black quilting stitches to visually separate them, but I’m pleased with the general effect.
The other two are a stack of big books with a bowl, and the other is some tippy books. I think the Penguin Classics block is going to go in the centre of the 9 blocks – it’s such a bright colour I don’t want it leading the eye off to an edge or corner. I have some ‘books’ left in that colourway, and I’ll scatter them among the remaining shelves.
Now, a word about iron-on transfers. I wanted the Classics to have the names of some of the books my niece has read as part of her BBC Big Read marathon. As my sewing machine doesn’t have an embroidery function, the obvious route was to make and use iron-on transfers. You buy the transfer paper, run it through your printer using a reversed version of the image you want, and voilà, there is is your transfer, ready to be ironed onto the fabric. I had two kinds of paper, an expensive one which I normally prefer because it leaves no visible trace apart from what has been printed in colour, and a cheap one, which leaves a sort of yellowish tint behind. I started with the good stuff, but discovered to my dismay that it won’t print onto fabric surface printing. This is what you get:
Luckily I had the cheaper kind too, and so long as I trimmed out the book titles pretty closely, I was reasonably happy with the result.
I just wanted to give people the heads up: don’t use the TAP if you’re going to be putting it on a heavily printed white-on-white, for example, as the slightly glossy print will resist the transfer. It has happened a little with the other one too, but to a much lesser extent.
I think I’ll have to create a family photo in a frame for one of the shelves to remind her of home. Time for another transfer. This time, I’ll use the good stuff and print on a plain white good quality cotton…