Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Today's book is a cased-in accordion binding. The accordion, therefore, can be pulled out but the first and last panel are adhered to the case. That pretty cover fabric is a bit of Japanese kimono silk.
Monday, July 27, 2015
This book is made using one of the techniques described in Keith Smith's book, Quick Leather Bindings (which is Vol 5 in his series). He has an interesting approach to these leather bindings where the leather is adhered using PMA (positionable mounting adhesive). I used PMA on this case and it is fine, I am perfectly satisfied with that adhesive on this particular book. The binding, on the other hand, does not make me happy. I like the appearance of the packed stitches, but I do not think it binds the textblock very well. Admittedly, this is my very first attempt at this particular binding so maybe it would get better with practice... but at the moment, it is not on my list of things to revisit.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Saturday, July 25, 2015
This is another structure that I found while flipping through the book I mentioned yesterday by Alisa Golden. The technique is very similar to the Chopstick binding that I showed previously (and here is a tutorial for it). But this version works for binding a stack of loose sheets, rather than for binding a signature like the Chopstick books.
Friday, July 24, 2015
I came across this type of split board binding in Alisa Golden's book (Creating Handmade Books). It is different than other split board bindings that I've done, so here it is as today's binding. In spite of my poor judgement in mixing these patterns, the structure itself turned out fine!
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Today's book is a Chinese Thread Book, or Zhen Xian Bao. This is an obscure Chinese folk art that was practiced in some rural areas of China, and may still be found if you look carefully. Women used these books primarily to keep their sewing supplies (threads, needles, patterns, swatches, etc), and any other bits of paper, photographs, etc that needed saving. I have made this one based on the information collected by Ruth Smith, who introduced the world to this dying craft after she did primary research on these folded books in China. This is one way that they were made and my example has fifteen boxes. Smith identified many variations on the thread book; some with different structures and with quite a lot of variation in the number of boxes.
If you are interested, I made this little video to demonstrate how all the compartments open. I even have some random snippets tucked away in there.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Today's book is an example of a single-needle chain stitch binidng, often referred to as a Coptic stitch. I included the multi-needle version of this ages ago (Book #3). The main difference in the appearance, is that the single-needle version requires a kettle stitch at the head and tail, whereas the multi-needle version does not. This little book has my suminagashi paper on the covers. I am not particularly happy with the cover attachment on this book -- I need to work on that.
Monday, July 20, 2015
For today, I made a book with the Icicle binding, which is from one of Smith's book (Vol 3). It feels like a stitch sampler. It has a kettle, a chain, a packed cord, and then also the elaborated packed cords with the extra dropped stitch and chain-like thing. With a good cover attachment, it feels very sturdy.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Welcome to the 200th day of the year! And may I present, my 200th binding of the year, the flag book. And a rainbow for Halifax Pride which is being celebrated this week.
This flag book features 200 flags, each cut from my own marbled papers so this book also represents 200 different sheets of marbled paper. It was an interesting process for me to get all these scraps of paper cut and arranged. There are sometimes stories or memories associated with them as I experimented with different papers and palettes, when I switched from watercolour to acrylic paint, or practiced certain patterns over and over, or made special papers for certain projects, etc. Arranging them by colour was harder than I expected but it did reveal a few things about my colour choices... I seem to do a lot of blues and greens and I had to really scrounge to find just a few bits of orange.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
This started out as another one of Smith's 3-section stitches that he calls dashes and diagonals. As I was practicing it though, and trying to double it to use it for six signatures, well, it turned into something different. Not quite a regular longstitch either, though.
This journal is available in my shop.
Friday, July 17, 2015
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
A two-section sewing, tripled for six sections. This one is nice because it sews two sections through one row of sewing stations, so increasing the number of sections doesn't get too complicated.
This journal is available on Etsy