Thursday, August 05, 2010

Making Books.

I love books, always have. I remember getting my first library card before I was in kindergarten, and my mom would take me weekly to pick out new books. In the evenings I would sit on my dads lap while he read the newspaper, or read to me and I would think, "I can't wait to be able to read by myself." As well as reading books, I like making them and have always wanted to learn book binding. Today I made my first attempt at making a, "real," book. Real as in I didn't wing it but followed instructions on how to sew the binding. Because I enjoy hand sewing this was pretty easy. The entire book, from hand cutting all the papers, ( and using the corner rounder on all 74 pages,) to binding and attaching the cover, took me about 31/2 hours.

I found directions in the book, "re-bound," by Jeannine Stein.


The finished book.


The binding. The directions called for waxed linen thread. I didn;t have that and waxed some hemp that I had laying around. It was a bit too thick so I'm going to try embroidery floss next time.


The front and back.


And for all you crafty types, my ruffled pillow was featured at the Examiner, where there are links to other crafty projects as well.


hilltopper said...

nice! i love it!

mrsmouthy said...

You've blown my mind once again. It's beautiful!