Thoughts on the Next Big Project

I’ve been continuing to think about The Vision of Placidus, but part of my inspiration has shifted, from the mille fleurs background of the the Unicorn Tapestry, to the edge-painting my mother did for a Fine Binding she made of The Wind In The Willows.


An edge painting is exactly what it says: colour added to the edge of the codex of a book, often in patterns or pictures that relate to the story or theme of the book.

So, although there may still be animals in mille fleurs fashion in odd spaces in the picture, I’m also planning to design a border. Underwater will be shown below the main image, just above the water surface on the vertical edges, and the sky on the upper border.

This design sheet shows the design of the edge painting for the book, to give you some idea of what I am thinking about.

There will be a pike underwater, I’m sure, and the vertical borders will be where the kingfisher, and maybe some dragonflies, can go. I might spend some time looking at the symbolism of various animals, just to make sure that the right creatures show their faces.

The corners will probably have the symbols of the Evangelists, but at the moment I’m not sure in quite what style..

In other news, Episode 40 of SlowTV Stitchery is now live, in which we move to the Christmas playlist, discuss the tension between economy and adequate coverage, and express surprise at the amount of real history one can learn from well researched fiction.


  1. Lady Fi says:

    I love that edge painting!

  2. Sue Jones says:

    Such a beautiful book cover set. Perfectly suited to the book and the author, too. Steve must be very, very proud of that.
    The second-thoughts on Placidus sound interesting. If your edges are going to be that busy and engaging, then perhaps the evangelist icons should be very simple and very plain. Outlines on or in gold?
    One thing about repetitive stitching like the angel is that it frees your mind to wander.

  3. Jen Mullen says:

    Oh, the edge painting! I’ve seen some before, but I feel almost as if I know your mother, so I’m even more impressed. I can’t wait to watch the progress on your newest project!

  4. I’ve never seen edge painting before, very interesting. It must be tricky to make.

  5. Sheryl says:

    Goodness, I´ve never seen edge painting before – looks wonderful and adds interest to the book before even reading it. I´m interested to see your next project. Happy Christmas week.

  6. Carolyn Foley says:

    I have seen edge painting but never appreciated just what it is. Beautiful. It makes that book so special. I wonder how it would go on the papers on current books? I’m thinking of Phillip Pillman’s “His dark materials”.
    Your new project looks interesting.

  7. Dima says:

    I love that floral scroll design.