A reader made the excellent suggestion of "Tutorial, please!" regarding how to make a book 'dori.
Given the MONTH and my various COLLECTIONS O' Stuff, I thought a Valentine-themed 'dori would be perfect to show the PROCESS.
Meet the LUVDORI!
I have a variety of items that I thought would work well for a love-themed 'dori, so I dug up the possibilities.
What I was looking for: Pinks and Whites and Reds; Roses & Hearts; Keys; Messages of LOVE.
Here are just SOME of the contenders that I gathered for consideration in making the cover -- fabrics, ribbons, handkerchiefs, and dish towels:
I find it helpful to round up The Usual Suspects and look at them together. This way I'm actually SEEING them and not just REMEMBERING what they look like. I also want to note which interactions and combinations of "ingredients" start to spark excitement. Using the book you have in mind, see where placement of fabric patterns or images/ type will work best. How will you layer the components to make the most of the linens you'd like to use? Experimenting with and figuring out these possibilities beforehand will save you from making cutting missteps you'll regret. After you've decided on all your fabrics, take some time to IRON them, preferably with spray starch.
Want to make your own book 'dori? I'll walk you through how I made mine -- materials and tools used -- and the step-by-step process. All of the photos in this section can be clicked on for a larger, pop-up views.