new book

this book is a bit specialbookbinding 3a - rita summers 2013it features a friend’s hand-dyed silk on the cover, and another friend’s rusted and embellished papers – thank you, beth and maggie!bookbinding 3b - rita summers 2013bookbinding 3d - rita summers 2013bookbinding 3e - rita summers 2013i added some of my rusted papers into the mixbookbinding 3c - rita summers 2013coptic binding holds it all togetherbookbinding 3aa - rita summers 2013[can you tell that it’s raining today?]

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i went to a wonderful workshop in hobart last weekend, organised by stitching and beyond inc

our tutors, jenny and elizabeth, were amazing

here is jenny at work100_4508 elizabeth (third from right) gives us some tips

100_4491100_4509it was so inspiring to see and touch the books on display, made by our tutors100_4492here are some of their stunning creations – click on any picture to start the slideshow

with their help, we each made 2 handmade books using either coptic or celtic handstitched binding

all the pages were handcut and folded, and we made our own covers using paper or fabric

i enjoyed the workshop immensely, and am very happy with how my two books turned out100_4519another one is in progress …

hidden treasures, cont.

i thought i’d finished my little pocket book (after i added a decorative closure), but apparently not

as i looked at it, the cover’s lining seemed to need embellishment

after all, everything else has been layered and stitched and embellished, so why not the lining?

why not indeed …

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so, in between other projects, I’m adding more stitching

thinking about a label for the blank space on the inside of the back cover, and more stitching inside the front

needleweaving + bookbinding

at our monthly journals anonymous group on saturday, one of our members showed us how to make a book which was bound using a needleweaving technique

i used pages from an old wallpaper sample book, some waxed thread, and perle cotton

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