Sisters on Pier

Sisters on Pier 2012

Photo Mini Album Series


Sisters on Pier 2012.  8" by 7".  Designed, dyed and hooked by April DeConick from scraps.

I finished another Photo Mini for my hooked album.  It is getting excited seeing these come together so nicely.  I am amazed how fast they are to hook and how cute they come out.  Very impressionistic of course because the space is so small.  But it is honing my skills with value.  I still think my portraits are more successful than landscapes even in the minis.  It is nice to know that I now have a way to use my scraps.

This Photo Mini is called "Sisters on Pier".  It is me on the left and my sister Tiffany on the right.  We are on the pier at Charlevoix in Michigan, one of the most picturesque settings in the world.  The red lighthouse is behind us, towering over the channel that goes out into Lake Michigan.  My sister and I aren't able to spend that much time together since I live in Houston and she lives near Ann Arbor, Michigan.  This photo is special because it reminds me of being kids together snuggled up on my Grandpa's boat going down the channel into Lake Michigan for a day trip to Petoskey.  My parents and grandparents had cottages on Lake Charlevoix forty years ago.  We spent many summers cruising on the lake and docking along the piers at Charlevoix.  Great memories.

Are we there yet?

This is the little photo mat - 9" by 7" - that I just finished.  I'm not thrilled with it.  Had real trouble getting any sense of distance and depth of field in this small area.  I ended up using my darker values in the foreground and tried to use the lighter values as the view goes back.  But the vastness of the landscape was too difficult to achieve in this small space.

Even though it does not achieve the effect I had hoped, I decided to keep for the album because when Alexander saw it he said, "Hey that's me at the dunes."  So it triggers a memory for him.  Indeed it is our trek across the Sleeping Bear Dunes when we thought the trail would never end.

Are we there yet? 2012

Photo Mini Album Series

Loopgram: Making pages for photo mini album

How do you make pages out of the hooked photo minis?

1. After sewing a wool backing on the hooked piece and placing a stiff plastic sheet between front and back, I proceed to sew on ribbon snaps.  I separate the two ribbons of snaps and sew one side on the front and the other on the back.

Sew ribbon snaps on the edge you want to bind.

Sew ribbon snaps on the edge you want to bind.

2. I do the same for the next page.

3. Then I simply snap the sheets together. 

It is that easy!

Snap the pages together.

Snap the pages together.

A Second Photo Mini

Finished up the second photo mini album sheet today.  It is bound and snapped onto the first page, so I now have the start of an album with two pages and three pictures!  These two photo minis are of us on the beach of Lake Michigan after we made the arduous trek across Sleeping Bear Dunes.

On the left is my photo mini No Shoes, 6" by 9".  On the right is No Suit, 6" by 9".  Wade and Alex are walking hand-in-hand, barefoot on the stony beach since they forgot to pack water shoes.  I am on the left in the water in my underpants because I forgot to pack my suit.  The water was cold!

 No Shoes  (left);  No Suit  (right)   Photo Mini Series

No Shoes (left); No Suit (right)

Photo Mini Series

Building a Photo Minis Book

I corresponded with Michele Wise yesterday who has made four hooked books.  She was so kind to suggest using the plastic net sheets that people use to for yarn crafts to stiffen the pages.  What a great idea! 

Grand Tea for Three  Photo Album page

Grand Tea for Three

Photo Album page

So this morning I hauled over to JoAnn's and picked up some sheets.  I came home and sewed black wool on the back, turned the fabric, slid in the plastic sheet, and then sewed along the book binding edge a row of snaps on ribbon strip.  My idea is to snap the pages together as I make them. 

So that means I am on to my next sheet even though a I have two major rug projects waiting in the wings.  These photo minis are just too much fun!  And fast, which I like.  Here is my next sheet ready to go.  These photos were taken on Lake Michigan at the far end of Sleeping Bear Dunes.  Those who are familiar with the area know that it was quite a hike through the Dunes to get there, so the water felt great, even though startling cold. 

Photo Mini Series

Photo Mini Series