You get a fixation about what it's possible to do, and then someone says something that shifts it. I was fixated on having fabric in the middle of the Edge piece - and then Karen wondered about sanding the words off the pages. I thought of lots of reasons to not do that (it's not fabric; how to join those pages; how many would be needed; how long it would take; would the paper withstand the sanding; the dust and mess...).
But tried it anyway - and I'm liking the look of it.
Next experiment: glue paper to fabric and sand it after glueing.
Further thoughts: gauze layer over top? Gesso (tinted?)?
You won't know till you try.