Friday, June 25, 2010

two for one post - two new books

bookbinding - leaf paper, silk, stab binding
I love stab bindings. This would be a good photo album for small photographs, say 5" x 7" or smaller.

The front cover is handmade leaf paper covered with silk. The silk covering is barely noticeable. But it lightens the paper and has a very nice texture. The back cover and inside both covers is handmade paper from The paper inside is handmade by various etsy craftsmen.

front stab binding handmade paper

bookbinding - hand dyed fabric, square coptic book

This gorgeous fabric is from JacksonFabricArts.

The paper is recycled strathmore drawing paper. (recycled by strathmore, not me)

The dimensions are 4¼" x 4¼" x 1½". (10.8cm x 10.8cm x 3.8cm)

There are 272 pages (both sides), 17 signatures of 4 folded papers. I've been using extra signatures so I get more practice sewing. I believe I need to make fewer signatures that have more leaves. I think that would make for a neater look.

My stitching is finally improving.

hand dyed fabric spine, hand dyed fabric coptic book

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

bookbinding - miniature book & grape bead

I made this to use up paper scraps. It's a half-fail. It's not a complete fail because it's still a book. It just needs help staying closed. :) I do like the little grape cluster bead.

I didn't think this one through, It was supposed to be a coptic, but I didn't have enough piercings for what I wanted to do. Hence, I have a book that won't stay closed and moves from side to side & up and down.

It's a mere 1½" x 1½" x 2"(3.8cm x 3.8cm x 5cm).

tied up so it stays closed ☺ cylindrical

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Friday, June 11, 2010

potato progress book

I just love these postcards

My husband and I like to garden. I found this company while looking up fingerling potatoes. We decided to order some "seed potatoes" and try our luck. Yes, it's late in the year, but we want to try anyway. If we don't try, we're definitely not going to get any potatoes. :)

The company, Wood Prairie Farm, inluded a postcard for each variety ordered. How fun! Between the box and the postcards, I felt like I bought a bookbinding kit.
I added a folder to hold the included directions. The folder will also be used to track our potato growing progress.

This is the result.

The binding is a single sheet along the spine binding from Keith Smith's book. (Volume IV Non-Adhesive Binding: Smith's Sewing Single Sheets) . I used hemp twine instead of thread. The dimensions are 8" x 5" x ¾". (20cm x 13cm x 2cm)

front cover from box items we ordered & postcard
swedish peanut fingerling postcard folder for the growing guide & inc recipes
potato postcard book - top view spine

Thursday, June 10, 2010

little peachy felt book

I made this for my niece. Her favorite color right now is peach. I stiffened the felt with a 50/50 mix of white glue and water. I machine sewed the endpaper on in a serious of varying sized squares. I decided not to use the button. I didn't want to add another color.

I tinted the edges with ink and used natural color waxed thread.

The endpaper is handmade lace paper - light rain from

I wanted to use materials I had on hand. The ribbon is darker than I'd like. But it works well.

The dimensions are 5½ " x 3½ " x ¾" (14cm x 9cm x 2cm). There are 96 pages (both sides). The paper is a Strathmore drawing paper with a few rhodia graph papers inside.

cover closed and tied endpaper tinted paper edges longstitch
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