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« on: February 14, 2014 06:21:18 AM »

A partner in a recent swap had lots of altered book pages pinned, so I decided to use book pages to make her an art journal she could play in.
The cover is made from pieces of book-page paper patch worked together crazy quilt style, using different embroidery stitches - and then backed onto a layer of thin loose weave cotton for a bit more stability.
I folded up book pages to make 3 signatures, and cut the cover to size (including plenty to make a return) and blanket stitched around the edge, before binding the signatures in using the 'kiss' technique. I added a button to the front and some twine coming from the spine as a fastening. And I added some coffee staining to bring out the textures inside and outside the cover.
This is only my second time bookbinding, and my first time doing anything like this cover (I've never done crazy patchwork on fabric, let along paper, and I've never tried making a cover except just by decorating cardstock) so I had lots of fun experimenting. I hope my swap partner enjoys making art of it!

Thanks for looking - comments, criticisms, tips etc always very welcome!
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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2014 07:24:48 AM »

Love it!
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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2014 07:44:18 AM »

I love everything about this, but especially how you "aged" it with coffee staining.  VERY lucky partner!!  Great work!!! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2014 08:42:24 AM »

You did a wonderful job. I stitch on paper all the time. Main thing is for machine stitching...loosen the tension just a tad on top. So you don't tear the paper.

By hand, you can control that yourself. And get a good tension.

Coptic stitch...great binding for these style books. I can't quite tell if you used it on this one, but there are tutorials here, and all over the websites.

I really like your book. I totally think your partner will, too  Grin

Oh, and I love your closure..with the button and threading. And your outside blanket stitch on the cover, too.

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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2014 09:02:45 AM »

I handsew everything, just because i enjoy doing it - but i will bear your comments in mind if i ever do crack the machine out.
I really like how the kiss binding looks on the outside spine, with the cross stitches there - but obviously that's not the right look for every project (and it limits you to multiples of 3 signatures) so I'll definitely look into the optic, thanks for the heads up
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« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2014 06:19:09 PM »

This is fantastic! You did a beautiful job - I would never have guessed that you weren't a seasoned bookbinder.

Your swap partner is lucky indeed!
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« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2014 08:15:03 AM »

Lovely! This will be very inspiring for your partner to use as a journal!
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