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Here is a little glimpse at a finished project from last week, the long stitch binding as sewn by Diane. I love how she went back and wove through the binding, which I did NOT teach in class, nice job!!

This week we made a little buttonhole binding journal, we all used pretty much the same materials, so here is the one I made, I actually sewed one set of signatures in upside down, so I am going to give it away. To be entered into the drawing leave a comment at either here or at my studio blog by June 25th, and I’ll pull a winner from a hat! The journal is approx. 5.5 x 4.5 x 1 with 80 pages of 70lb cotton paper, bound with cotton thread in a cover of handmade paper. Good Luck!!


Here is the group hard at work!!

Last night was so much fun, we spent the whole class working on little chunky journals. Much of the time was spent cutting and folding paper for the book block, now I think they begin to realize how much work goes into a handmade journal. The rest of the time was spent constructing a cover from brown paper and decorating it. We started with a sheet of brown paper 19.5 by 17.25 inches. We folded and glued it in thirds the short way to end up with a cover that was 19.4 by 5.75 inches. After folding in 4.5 inches from each end and cutting off the corners of this flap, we had a sweet little book cover perfectly sized for folded half sheets of 11 x 8.5 inch paper, with an 1.5 inch spine for the binding.

here is the cover with one pocket flap still folded out

and the cover with pockets sewn

We used 70lb cotton for the book block, 40 sheets cut in half to be 8.5 x 5.5, then folded into folios. We nested 8 folios together for each signature, which gave us a total of ten signatures for the inside. After all that work, the binding seemed simple!!

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