Monday, October 31, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

bookbinding - acid green leather longstitch notebook


This is a small (5½" x 4" - 14cm x 10cm) notebook bound in soft unbacked leather. There are 192 pages (both sides) of Canson recycled drawing paper. I used black thread and a big black button as a closure for the leather strip wrap.

longstitch hand torn pages

I really enjoyed working on this one. The bright acid green was fun and the black thread was easy to see against it. I also like this binding.

You can purchase this @ acid green journal.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

bookbinding - leather spine sewn on cords



A nice little 5½" x 4" (14cm x 10cm) hardback with 124 pages (both sides). The cover is Italian hand marbled paper. This is sewn on cords with leather glued directly to the back so that the cords show.

The paper is distressed with black walnut ink from WhiteDragonPaper.

I'm still making errors (leather at the tail was slit too far, for example), but I'm not making the same ones. I've been working more frequently and there is a slight bit of improvement.

leather spine over cords black walnut ink distressed paper leather spine, Italian hand marbled paper

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

bookbinding - warm white leather sketchbook

I really like the softness of this type of sketchbook. The leather is supple and I've backed it with a gauzy linen for just a little more support. It's a bigger size at 9" x 11½"" (23cm x 29cm). This longstitched book has 160 pages (both sides) and the paper is Strathmore recycled drawing paper in a soft white.

 front leather cover 10 longstitched signatures folded over

Friday, October 14, 2011

bookbinding - headband squareback book Finished

I decided to use this great hand dyed fabric from Jackson Fabric Arts. I like the greens of the headband and the green of the fabric.

front spine showing headband

headband looks like a caterpillar  :) more spine and headband

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

bookbinding - headband squareback book

This is a small book that I did my first by-the-book headband on. I was going to starch the linen tapes, but forgot.

I probably should have used less strands for the headbanding. But as this was my first real try, I thought it would be better to work with a thicker floss.

Dimensions are 4" x 5½" x ¾" (10cm x 14cm 1.9cm).

As you can see it's not finished. I am thinking to use a thick soft leather. If not that then probably a green dyed fabric from JacksonFabricArts. This leaf print fabric would be very nice.

linen from an old sewing project wonderful woven & sewn texture
green & olive 6-strand embroidery floss green & olive 6-strand embroidery floss

The headband is slanting to the left & lumpy. I need to pay more attention next time - which I thought I was, but not close enough :)

Thursday, October 06, 2011

The Snow Leopard

"As GS has written, 'Man is modifying the world so fast and so drastically that most animals cannot adapt to the new conditions. In the Himalaya as elsewhere there is a great dying, one infinitely sadder than the Pleistocene extinctions, for man now has the knowledge and the need to save these remnants of his past.'"

the snow leopard