Today's quiet book comes to us from France, made by Sarah of the blog Napirasu for her friend's son. Her book is based on the first chapter of the bible, which describes the creation of the earth. Each page shows another part of creation - first the division of light from darkness, then heaven, and so on. Each picture also has the (French) word describing that step of creation. Sarah was kind enough to provide an English translation of the book, which is below. I think my favorite page is the sun and moon page - I love the twinkly little stars! Please, enjoy!
au commencement : In the beginning
jour : day
nuit : night
ciel : heaven/sky
plantes : plants
soleil : sun
lune : moon
piseaux : birds
poissons : fishes
homme et femme : man and woman
Dieu vit tout ce qu'il avait fait : c'était très bon. : God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.
pour Célestin : for Celestin
What's your name? Describe yourself in one sentence.
My name is Sarah. I'm french, I'm 32, I have no kids but I love sewing for my family's and friend's children.
Who did you make this quiet book for? How old are they?
I made this book with a friend of mine (who did the embroidery) as birth gift for baby Celestin, the son of friends of us.
What's your level of sewing experience?
I really like sewing, for 7 years now, but I still lack of technique.
How long did it take you?
I can't tell exactly. Maybe a few hours sewing; the shapes are all really simple.
Did you use any templates? Where can they be found?
I didn't use templates, but found some inspirations in medieval books, where the creation is symbolized with circles.
How did you bind your quiet book?
I sewed the pages together.
What material are the pages made out of?
Cotton, and a lot of scraps I had left.
How much did all the supplies cost you?
1€ for the cotton.
What's your favorite page?
I like the one with plants.
To view Sarah's quiet book on her own blog, with more description and images of where she got her inspiration, click here: Napirasu: Au commencement.
Sarah and her friend also made another quiet book about baptism, which incorporates the elements found in a Catholic baptism (a church, cross, water, oil, white garment, and light). It's lovely (and I love the embroidered cover); if you'd like to see that quiet book, just click here: Napirasu: Quiet Book - Bapteme.
Thank you so much, Sarah, for sharing your beautiful quiet books with us!
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