I based the design from this image:
Silk embroidery thread
Blue raw silk for the ground fabric
Black linen (for lining and protecting the interior embroidery threads)
My original plan in making this gift was to find a small bible (his persona is christian and he had several pater noster already) and embroider a cover to fit it. In period, the wealthy would have commissioned a book of hours to carry with them. It would have had a cover either an elegantly tooled leather cover or an embroidered one. This was my plan. However...there was a grievous lack of tiny bibles in my area so I improvised and found a small journal at the local Staples and created the cover for that.
Im very pleased with how this cover came out. I recalled a couple of issues I had with the last book cover I made and made sure to correct these. I was thrilled with his response of when he received it. :D
"So. I got a really awesome embroidered book cover from Jennifer L. Guyton. I fully intend to use the everloving crap out of it. :) Look how pretty it is!"
SQUEEEE!! Already planning the next cover!