Archive for April, 2009

East Coast / West Coast Album

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009



Here are a couple pics of an album that I just finished up!

Bingo Books – part 5 (finished!)

Monday, April 6th, 2009


All of the details are finished, and the Bingo Books are now on the market! Too bad I don’t need another sketchbook yet! I began to post them to Etsy, a few at a time. If you’re interested, feel free to take a peek.

Bingo Books – part 4 (binding)

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009



Allllmost finished! I decided to try a new binding (new to me), which is a combination of two stitches that I have tried separately, but not together. I followed the instructions for the Long Stitch/Link Stitch in Keith A. Smith’s “Non-Adhesive Binding Books Without Paste or Glue“. His instructions are very thorough and easy to follow. I also referred to Esther K. Smith’s “How to Make Books” for inspiration, as there is an image of a handmade book on the introduction page showing a unique variation on the long stitch/link stitch.

Before binding the pages to the cover, I created an introduction page. I printed a design onto lemon paper, trimmed this page to the same size as the cover and used paper clips to hold it in place. When the book is assembled, this introduction page will wrap around the book block, between the pages and the cover. I then used a tiny hole punch and an awl to punch the holes in the cover. The sewing instructions are a bit complicated for me to explain here, so I recommend checking out Keith A. Smith’s book. I tried a few different variations of this binding, just for fun. So now the Bingo books are almost done! I just have a few details to finish up and I will then post photos of the finished product.