Saturday, December 6, 2014

A Fabric Collage Book: Babies, Buggies and Black Velvet

Good morning and happy Saturday! I'm sorry that I've neglected this blog for awhile, but time seems to have gotten away from me.

I had mentioned in an earlier post that one of my art endeavors was to be featured in the Winter issue of Sew Somerset, and it hit newsstands on December first. It was an honor to be featured, and the really funny part is that the article that appeared behind mine was by a gal that I knew when I lived down in Florida. Things can't get much more coincidental than that!

Below are some photos that I had taken of my book before I sent it off to Somerset. I am sharing them with you since the publishers took their own photos, and mine are a little different. I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoyed working on the book, which was probably one of my "busiest" projects. I fashioned it after an old Victorian photo album, and the inspiration came from my growing collection of Victorian photos depicting babies in their beautiful buggies. I imagined what they might have been thinking when the photos were taken so many years ago, and this project was born.

Almost all of the items used were vintage. 
The cover is black velvet,
vintage laces,
a hankie,
and crinkled seam binding...

A button and lace binding...

The inside front cover 
and first page with
doilies and burnout velvet...

This is one of my favorite old photos,
and you have seen me use it before...

Use of a frog closure...

Silk, lace, and old buttons...

Doesn't she look like she is
watching something?

Pretty old sheet music...

More lace, buttons, silk,
and copies of the backs of
cabinet cards...

What was this beautiful baby thinking

The last page and the inside of the back cover.
I used the fringe because there was fringe
on this baby's buggy...

Instructions for making this book are in Sew Somerset! 

I hope that you have a great weekend, and thanks for
stopping by!


  1. Hi Sue
    This book is an absolute credit to you - made with love and so much attention to detail! Did you use original photos or did you copy them.
    Congratulations on being published and so well deserved!!

    1. Hi Suzy! Thanks for your compliment! I used copies of the photos printed onto fabric sheets. I can never seem to want to let go of my little pretties!

  2. Suzy, Congratulations. The book is beautiful I just love velvet and lace. Blessings.

    1. Thanks so much, Lesley! I hope that you're doing well. XO

  3. Oh wow Sue, it's stunning and gorgeous!! Congrats on being published, I'm so happy for you! I love that you used the black, it's so different from any other fabric book I've seen because of the black. Great job! Sending you big hugs xx

    1. Thanks Wendy! I love using black(among other colors of course). Thanks so much for your sweet words! XO Sue

  4. Congratulations on having your fabric book published, Sue. That's fantastic and well deserved!!! The book is beautiful and I love the black and white.

    1. Thanks so much Julia! Have a wonderful Christmas! XO Sue


Thank you for taking the time to comment on this post!