With shibori elements
A while ago I turned scraps saved from many other projects into new pieces of fabric.
The post on that with a tutorial and lots of pictures is here:https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450182.msg5408708#msg5408708
A bit after that I made some beads out of scraps.
The post on that with a tutorial and lots of pictures is here:https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451156.msg5422944#msg5422944
I knew I'd figure out something to do with them eventually and then for a private swap with cmarion I did. I made them into a book.
Ribbon sewn to the covers and the signatures, those have 4 pages each (2 folded in half), caron multimedia paper. I ended up making 2 more signatures that are not pictured here so the book has a total of 20 pages. The fabric beads are used to make a piano hinge binding. I added a bit of ribbon to the top inside corner of one cover as a book mark. Many of those could be included with decorative elements knotted or stitched to them to fancy up the thing even more if desired.
The cover needs to move independently from the pages so gets it's own beads for the hinge. If you don't quite understand this sort of book binding there are lots of tutorials online illustrating how it's done with paper that should make it understandable. This is not exactly the same but it's similar enough that you can figure it out.
Attaching everything was tricky, I recommend taking your time and not attempting to stitch it all at once if you give this project a go. It's a lot of layers of fabric to sew through and ended up hurting my fingers because I am impatient and silly.
The centre beads the pages are attached to need to be sewn together, you can see they are already stitched together here before the pages were added.
Here's a closer look. The pages were stitched in very loosely, once all the beads were attached to the ribbon binding, I pulled the stitched tight and knotted them off. Thread ends are buried inside the beads so they are not loose and won't come undone.
I reinforced the covers with some decorative lace just to be sure the scrap fibers had a more stable base since they'll be handled the most. And it looks pretty, there's always that element to consider
The hinges are aligned and sticks inserted to hold it all together.
The separate cover hinges let the book open flat.
I think the spine is the most beautiful part.
Keeping the sticks in place can be done in many ways but I chose to wrap them with string. I used a short stick between the main 2 to hold them apart a bit and bound them with left over string used for shibori dying at a workshop last year. Precious, precious scraps. I love every little left over thread and bit of fabric confetti, lol.
I could have added more rows of beads to make a thicker book but I intended it to be the sort of journal that could be stuffed with things, it can expand to hold a lot of inserts, paper etc glued to the pages.