Friday – Finished Project

This weekend’s studio time was spent finishing the book I started a couple of weeks ago. Last fall, I was given a big box of old Reader’s Digests and, though I don’t intend to read them, some of them had really great covers. These books are just begging to be given a new life. I tried it out on this one first. The book was originally from 1989 (most of the others are from the 60’s) and I wanted to start on a newer one to test it out.

Readers Digest Redux

I’m mostly happy with how the book turned out. I hadn’t used the long stitch in awhile so I thought I’d brush up my stitch skills. The only thing I’m not too thrilled about is that the paper I used for the spine wasn’t the same color throughout (it was printed brown and the white is in between) so it makes the holes used for stitching the pages to the book noticeable and messy looking. I think if I use a paper spine again, I’ll cut away small sections instead of poking holes.

Long Stitch

I really like the size of this book and since I have a box full of these, I’m going to have to make a paper order soon because most of my current stock is not large enough for a book this size (thus the notebook paper that I was lucky enough to find a stack with short grain). I’m not going to put this one up in the shop because I’m not 100% happy with how it turned out.

hand for scale


Now that I’ve given these books a test run, I’ll be working my way through the box and hopefully putting them up in the shop soon.


Venetian Blind Book

I kind of like this book because you can hang it up if you want. The poem is called the Fairy & Child and is only the first verse:

Fairy & Child

Oh, listen, little Dear-My-Soul,
To the fairy voices calling,
For the moon is high in the misty sky,
And the honey dew is falling;
To the midnight feast in the clover bloom,
The bluebells are a-ringing,
And it’s “come away to the land of fay”
That the katydid is singing.

Venetian blind book

Brush Book

I spent the entire day in the studio today. I managed to make eight books for my Year of Handmade Books Project. I’ll be posting about them over the next several days.

This is a Brush Book. The book says inside: All Work And No Play Makes Me A Sad Girl. All Play And No Work Makes Me A Poor Girl. Where’s The Mean?

Brush book

Secret Belgian Binding

I spent the whole day in the studio. I went in with the intention of doing things I’ve never done before. I made a book using the Secret Belgian Binding and carved my first stamp.

I made this book from a Goodwill find and some left over paper from another book. Bound with waxed linen thread.

Secret Belgian Binding

Secret Belgian Binding

The spine didn’t feel too secure, so I added a headband so it wouldn’t slip out.

Secret Belgian Binding

Secret Belgian Binding

Secret Belgian Binding

I used some pages from the book for end papers.

End paper

End paper

My First Carved Stamp:

My first carved stamp