Monday, July 1, 2013

Summer of Color - Week 4

Hello friends,
Thank you for all the love shared here last week!. Finally, the rain came, we had clear blue sky and no haze for the last few days :). Strangely enough though, I started to cough and may lose my voice soon!. [I didn't go out much last week because of the haze].


It got so dark by 3 p.m today, I have to share this.

15 minutes later, thunder and all. Thank you, heavens!.

It is easy to guess what I'm thankful for this week. Yes, THE RAIN!. My gratitude book will be a celebration of rain clouds & the cooling raindrops :).

Winning colors @ Summer of Color this week are charcoal grey & light pink. I think they are perfect for my gloomy tribute. Here's what I made;


My tiny book measures 2" X 3".

The back.

Embellished the covers with black lace, pink ribbon & velvet bow.

I cut out dark grey denim into a few small rectangles, folded and stacked them like tacos, then sewn individual pages at the spine, with tiny beads.

Gathers on the spine.

I'd stuffed trimmings, lace, gauze, pearl beads in between the denim pages for dimension. So much fun!.

Love looking at these lasagna.

I stitched on the denim with light pink floss, "So thankful for the falling rain".


I sewn these words on every page before stuffing with trimmings and clamped them closed. That way, the messy threads underneath will be hidden.


Back-stitched words.


I used black beads for the rain droplets. They got so dirty from the soot, LOL.


It's handy to use scallop-edged silk ribbon as rain clouds. 



Painted the rain cloud with watercolor, on linen. I'll say, every dark cloud has gorgeous beads!.

Lastly, I had to add a fancy umbrella. 


I don't mind wonky handle at all :).

I hope you enjoyed my rain book tutorial! And dear rain, do come again :). Have a great week, everyone!. I'll visit you soon. Hugs.

47 comments:

  1. Your fabric journal is gorgeous! I love it in this color combo. Happy SOC!

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  2. WOW WOW WOW!! Shahrul, you are so awesome my friend!! This one is even sweeter then last weeks, not sure how you do it but WOW!!

    I LOVE LOVE everything about this little taco, lasagna, beautiful mini book. Seriously, each page is so perfect and sweet for this weeks colors. I love all the fun ways you made a cloud, the beaded rains, the funky umbrella, the STITCHING blows me away. LOVE LOVE THIS ONE!! So glad I didn't have to wait long to see it this week, I guess the rain inspired you for sure this time.
    So glad you got some happy weather but sorry your not feeling well. Have some yummy soup and put your feet up to rest. I will send you our rain since we don't want any right now, lol. Have a wonderful week my friend!!
    p.s. can't wait to see all these at the end, wish somehow I can feel them thru the computer. HUGS!

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  3. This is simply INCREDIBLE. I decided not to make sewn projects this year, but now I wish I had, since I absolutely ADORE what you made. The texture of this book is so prevalent in every photo. You did a magnificent job.

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  4. That is so neat!! The rain cloud and raindrops page might be my favorite. Your stitching is so well done.

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  5. Adore this. The stitching and beaded rain clouds are absolutely gorgeous. Love.

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  6. Shahrul, I simply adore each one of your creations and also just love how you connect it to simple everyday elements of Nature! You are inspiring me to look at Nature with fresh eyes and more than that, trying to express this joyfulness!

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  7. I'm in love with these little books of yours. The lace and little pink bow are very Victoria's Secret...oo-la-la.

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  8. this is so incredible! it makes me wish I had more patience!!

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  9. Gorgeous book! Love all the little details!

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  10. Wow! Your fabric journal is absolutely stunning!! Beautiful details!!

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  11. lovely book with such beautiful details...you make me look at things available in my home with a new eye :)
    http://www.kalasirjana.blogspot.in/

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  12. WOWIE! SO SO GORGEOUS! I loved everything in it...from the fabric to the beads, from the clouds to the umbrella and the words...yes, we need to be grateful for all that blessed showers! Great Take Niza :)
    Following you in your artistic journey :D
    you could follow mine here...
    http://deepazworld.blogspot.in/

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  13. Beautiful! I love this little book it is super amazing, your so creative :) <3,Chandra

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  14. Thanks for stopping by my b1og! I 1ove your 1itt1e book! It's beautifu1! I rea11y 1ike the c1oud that you painted on the 1inen! We wou1d 1ove rain here with a11 this heat we have!
    Kim

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  15. soooo beautiful! I can't stop looking at it :)
    Jana

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  16. Stunning, you always make such sweet books. Love them.
    xx

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  17. Sweet, delicate and creative. Love your tiny books!

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  18. Oh my goodness, you ARE the Queen of fabric and texture and tiny book goodness! What treasures you make with fiber and beads. I am in awe.

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  19. I love this so much! Your little umbrellas are especially precious. And I so understand your gratitude for rain - I just crave it.

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  20. What a beautiful creation! I love everything you've done and I loved reading about how you constructed this little mini book. The beads, folds, stitching - it's just fabulous!

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  21. Well, this is a TREASURE
    Beautifully crafted and I love the textures you used in the covers!
    This is my favorite!!!
    Awesome!

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  22. oh my goodness, such a charming book
    full of your weather
    just beautiful!

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  23. Wonderful, wonderful. I love your artistic gratitude books, they are real works of art.

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  24. fabulous piece - I'm amazed at all the details you manage to include on your small canvas

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  25. What a tiny treasure this is! so much to see and feel.

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  26. your art work is so fine I am becoming a real fan I added you on my blog.... :) so tiny i dunno how you do it :)

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  27. LOVE your gorgeous little fabric book and its tribute to rain. That cloud with the black "rain" beads is wonderful!! So glad you have had rain to take away the haze.

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  28. This is just so beautiful - I love it! This week's colours are a real challenge to me but I'm inspired by your creativity :o)xxx

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  29. cute lil umbrella :) very creative work with the theme

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  30. This is a gorgeous book. I love all the little details that you added in too. I would love to have such a precious book.

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  31. Oh wow!!! I love what you have done with this color combination!! Amazing!!

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  32. I am sure I have never seen such a sweet journal at all!! soooooo darling! first the sweet cloud with black beads and then the umbrella ...LOOOVE! ♥ Conny
    http://piaromsartjournaling.blogspot.de

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  33. your work is so beautiful and I loved that pink cloud in your book... I loved all of my visits to Malaysia and am thankful you have had the rains arrive... we are finally free of them i think so I am the opposite.. I am grateful for blue skies and the end to the rainy season at last...xx

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  34. I am totally in love with your work - this little book is so exquisitely beautiful - I love the little bead details and the water colour rain drops and the beautiful way you've photographed it - the whole thing is totally WOW!

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  35. Wow truly beautiful and a wonderful interpretation of this weeks colours....just love it. Thanks for visiting and checking out Felicity :> J

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  36. Shahrul! Your work is always so inspiring and absolutely beautiful! I just love this little book so much!!!! Just gorgeous and full of so many amazing details! And I love your photographs, too.

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  37. Your book is just gorgeous.....I love all the beads you've used.

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  38. Great series - love the combination of lace and fabrics and pinks and greys.

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  39. A beautiful handmade book full of creativity- amazing!

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  40. This color combo is perfect for your mini book about a rainstorm. I love the different ways you used beads.

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  41. So clever! Love the way you gathered the denim on the spine and your sweet rain pages... the cloud and umbrella are so unique!

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  42. I love the attention you have given to every detail! Simply wonderful!

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  43. Oh, that's beautiful! I love your use of the colours, and all the detail - the beads, embroidery. Wow!

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  44. Your little fabric books are so impressive.. So Clever!!.. LOVE them!! x

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