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« on: December 20, 2005 12:49:07 PM »

These are two small journals I've made recently. I recently had my first swap (and it went really well!) so I'd like to have some examples of my work out here so potential swap partners can see what I can do!
The designs on both book covers are drawn on with brown pens. Designs are from a henna pattern book by C. Cartwright-Jones.
Book one:

and book two:

I took bookbinding in university, so this is my best craft. I make my books all from scratch, they're hardcover with a hard spine. I can't for the life of me recall what the name of the stitch is that I use, but it's not coptic stitch. I've been trying to find out what it's called, does anyone know of a good resource for that?
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« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2005 01:45:47 PM »

Those are absolutely beautiful!
I picked up two small handmade journals last nite at the thrift store. Full of beautiful handmade paper. The problem is someone tore out the first two pages in each one. Is there a way to fix that? I'd like to do something similar to your artwork on the front covers and give them as gifts.

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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2005 04:02:40 PM »

The artwork on those is amazing!  So, so, so beautiful. 

The only other bookbinding stitch I know of is stab binding, but that doesn't look like what you've done here.  Although a little birdy named My Amazon Wish List tells me that I'm getting a bookbinding book for the Winter Holiday, so perhaps I'll be able to help you with that in about a week.   Grin

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« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2005 03:13:55 AM »

ooh i like your henna
i used to do my hands but ive developed an allergy to it boooo

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« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2005 09:49:07 AM »

Wow, I love tiny books and I love the artwork on them and hemp (?) coverings!  I would be so happy to get those in a swap.  It could also be really  nice to fill the pages with different types of henna!

I'm jealous you got to do bookbinding at school- may I ask what you do now?  B/c I'm thinking of going back to school for arts/crafts but I can't decide if it will be worth it...

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« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2005 09:40:37 AM »

Thanks everyone!
Stifflersmom, that's a shame about those journals...it's hard to "fix" torn out pages. is the book made out of sections of pages folded in half? With some books you can just tear out the other half of the torn pages from the back of that section. Otherwise, I'd just trim the torn fragments as close to the inside as possible, or even decorate or colour in the torn part.
Hayz, I feel really sorry for you developing an allergy to henna! I'm addicted to it, I feel naked without having some on my hands.
Thumbelina, just to clarify what I wrote, I didn't major in bookbinding. I have a degree in graphic design from an awesome craft and design university. I just took bookbinding as elective courses, we had a fantastic professor. So, my line of work isn't related to bookbinding, it's just a hobby. I don't know what kind of work would relate to that besides library/conservation work or bookbinding expert/teacher, unfortunately...
and recycled_earth, I would be so, so grateful if you could tell me the name of my stitch!!! I've been looking around the internet to no avail, so far. I feel like such a dork that I remember all the other bookbinding terms but I can't for the life of me remember what the name of this stitch is, and it's the method I always use for hardcover books. If you find it in your book, please tell me!! Thank you!
this is a close-up of a different book, with the same type of stitch:
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2005 12:49:00 PM »

The design on the first one is really beautiful, and the colours go well with the colour of the book itself. Great job!
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« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2005 01:04:05 PM »

Even your stiching is beautiful!
I think the books are made with folded paper. I was wondering if I could glue (?) in a piece of paper that covered the inside of the cover and the first page. I wish I remembered what the inside cover paper was called.

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