I spent a portion of yesterday trying out one of the journal binding styles that I learned in the class I told you about yesterday. I had some very interesting paper I purchased from a very cool place in Ann Arbor whose name I've totally forgotten, but it is a store where you never know what will be there and appears to be factory overruns or something like that. At any rate the last time I was there they had some paper priced by the inch and the paper I chose had the appearance of leather on one side and suede on the other. It looks like this on the leather-look side:
I had purchased some Offray ribbon at JoAnn's for this very purpose quite some time ago and was pleased with the look of the varied stripes against the paper. I used a dull reddish waxed linen thread to sew it and am quite pleased with the result.
The journal is super light and easy to carry. It measures approximately 8" in height and 6" in width. It has three signatures with five folios in each one for a total of 60 pages. It is not perfect, but then part of the fun of a handmade journal is that you can tell that it was made by hand.
Here is what it looks like:
Because I have had the pleasure of being home alone for a couple of days, I used the dining room table as my bookbinding work station and was able to leave it set up for today.
The hubster is due home today so I won't feel like I should leave this so conveniently set up after today, but I am enjoying it while I can.
I spent a bit of time yesterday afternoon preparing hard covers for my next book which I hope to get done today. I am planning to make a hard cover coptic stitched journal today. Here are some of the covers I have available:
And here is the one I plan to use today. I just have to decide on a design for the inside of the covers, the color of thread I will use and see if I can punch holes with my awl. I think I may use yellow thread to bring out that color in the pattern of the cover.
I want to get started right now, but I promised myself that I would get on the treadmill today, so making this journal will have to wait to be my reward for doing my exercise. Meanwhile, it is time for my second cup of coffee and then I have to eat a banana before doing the treadmill.
I hope to see you tomorrow.....