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calluna
« on: May 06, 2019 11:24:00 AM »

I was wholly inspired by The Raging Sloth's nature walk assemblages, and decided to make her a book in hopes of keeping her going with it (and sharing pictures of what she creates Wink).




Short accordion folds for the spine, with 12x12" heavy scrapbook paper glued to each surface and signatures sewn into some of the valley folds.
This project started about 10 years ago but I tucked it away and forgot about it since I couldn't figure out the purpose of the final product or how to cover it. It need hard covers because the spine is flimsy and the structure is so large. The inspiration finally came via the Bookbinding Craft-along thread.  Smiley
After no luck searching for bookboard in my local craft stores, I took apart an uninteresting thrifted hardcover book with the right dimensions for the covers. Then I covered those with adhesive cork, and glued on some pressed plants I'd collected in Utah last year. I crocheted "rustic" edges with twine (both to go with the look and to avoid spending money on  more supplies). I would have liked to add more decoration but I'm leaving the finish work and artistic contents to The Raging Sloth to create.

I'd found this lovely moss-covered chicken wire on clearance and wrapped it around the book as a closure (the rest of it is on my wall with clorhespins as a narrow bulletin board). It makes a mess of moss crumblies but I still love it.

The spine itself has a print of an owl, made by an artist I used to work for, and because it was "imperfect" she was throwing it away; she let me keep some discards but didn't want attention drawn to them, so the owl just peeks out a bit here:


The book I, erm, destroyed was of nursery rhymes and one was about an owl, so I glued in that page to go with the spine owl.
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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2019 11:51:33 AM »

This is such a treat!
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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2019 02:01:20 PM »

Very cool! One day Ill be brave enough to try bookbinding. Yours really evokes that Nature vibe.
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« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2019 04:23:41 PM »

Totally gorgeous and amazingly unique!
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« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2019 12:20:00 PM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2019 05:09:30 AM »

Wow, thank you!!
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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2019 11:30:03 PM »

I love my book by the way! Im working on a page as we speak! Such awesome book binding! You are so talented!
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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2019 02:48:43 AM »

I love my book by the way! Im working on a page as we speak! Such awesome book binding! You are so talented!

Aw, thanks! I can't wait to see what you create out of it; please please please share!
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