Saturday, 20 August 2016

Bespoke Visitors Books

Over the last year the demand for bespoke visitors books has increased and I've been able to embroider some gorgeous properties.  I really enjoy the challenge of trying to capture the character of a building in fabric and give the customer a visitors book that will enhance their holiday home, bed and breakfast or hotel.

I thought I'd share a bit about the process behind the visitors books with you.

I start with as many photographs of the property as possible, preferably from different angles.  From these I produce a rough sketch adding in or taking away details that the customer has requested.  In the example below, the car was removed to show the log store behind it.

Front view of Low Hollin Cottage, Seathwaite in Borrowdale, Cumbria.

View of Low Hollin Cottage, Seathwaite, Borrowdale, Cumbria

The finished sketch is then sent to the customer for approval before I begin sewing.  This is useful as it ensures both that the customer is happy with the design and also that they confirm the wording is correct.

Sketch of Low Hollin Cottage for Bespoke Visitors Book

The cover is then made up with linen as the background fabric with the design added in a range of cottons.  The design is defined and enhanced with free motion embroidery before being made up into the cover and finished off with a bit of top stitching.

Low Hollin Bespoke Visitors Book

So if you or someone you know has a cottage, b&b or small hotel, why not order a bespoke cover that will enhance your guests' stay.

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