Fused Silk Gospel Book Cover

St. Thomas Lutheran ELCA, Bloomington, IN, USA

Silk paper or felt is created by fusing together loose silk fibers with a textile medium. The resulting fabric has a texture much like leather.

This cover incorporates silk paper from white Bombyx silk, honey colored Tussah silk and dark cinnamon dyed Tussah silk. It also features both the smooth and the rough sides of a fine leather. The design is a copy of the handmade tile design found in the furnishing of the sanctuary, which was originally adapted from a coverlet weaving design. The tiles were created by Jim Halvorson of Bloomington, IN.