The finished birthday album! I found some braid for the cover, last week, while out of town. Did not have the fabric with me and was hoping the braid would match the doupioni. The braid was stitched to an insertion binding. I removed the binding and whip-stitched the braid to the album with champagne Nymo. It gave a bit more "heft" to the album and "framed" the lace design. The inside of the album is covered with a pretty floral brocade. A flat braid was used inside to cover the fabric edges. And under that silk fabric, dyed Venise lace, and silk ribbon, is a $4 office supply binder!
I worked on this piece at night, beginning at 9 PM and stitching until 2 AM; the best time of day (night?) to stitch! The construction crew starts working at 7AM; which means we are all up with the first sound of a hammer!
My sister is receiving all the birthday cards and so far, the collection is over a hundred, which is amazing. My Mother will be so happy.
Thanks to all of you who have taken your time to post comments!
A gallery in Santa Fe has requested some collages ~ so on to the next evening projects!