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February Book Project

I chose the Long Stitch or "limp binding" for my February bookbinding adventure.  As I walked to Dick Blick last month, I passed a leather store (for shoemakers) and bought some leather scraps.  It is a sturdy leather - perfect for this structure. 

For my first book, which is always lots of trial and error, I chose the smallest scrap.  The leather was easy to cut with my Olfa X-acto knife and to punch holes with my standard awl.  I searched all of my books, finding the best instructions in Cover to Cover by Shereen LaPlantz and watched YouTube videos to learn more. 

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The book is 5 3/4 by 4 1/4 inches - with 16 folios of card stock in 4 signatures.  I used LaPlantz's 6 hole pattern for my stitching, but look forward to using other patterns on future books.

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This book will be used for all of my research notes.  In addition, I'm adding stitching patterns to the pages by sewing them with a regular needle and thread. 

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 I envision 12 prototype books full of my research notes by the end of the year. 

Next month I'm planning to make a flag book!

Comments

This does not look like a prototype! It is a great looking book - really stylish.

Wonderful!! Looks great!

Wow! Very impressive looking book. What a great project.

I love artist books! and this one is just wonderful. LaPlantz' book is excellent. Do you also have Handmade Books by Kathy Blake? also excellent. I use both for reference. And there's a great Lark book 500 Artist Books, just images, but what great ideas in there. I plan on following your adventures in bookmaking.

Beautifully done. It looks like a book that was gifted to my be a friend actually. Another friend has gifted me a bunch of leather scraps and I've been thinking about using it for a journal cover too, be it in a different way. I've never worked with leather before so it should be interesting. Nice that you are trying out these techniques.

I love this book, Shirley. What a clever idea to make the cotton booking stitching styles in it.

NIFTY, Shirley!

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