I have fallen down the rabbit hole of binding books! I love it and want only to make books!
I recently (last night) gifted two books to friends as part of that Handmade 2013 Challenge that was floating around on Facebook. I used an old book cover…
…and I bound it using a Coptic stitch. I love the Coptic stitch because not only is it pretty, but it allows the book to lie flat when it’s open.
And I used found papers. It totally, as one of my friends pointed out to me last night, justifies my hoarding tendencies because I had so many to choose from. No, the book isn’t upside down here, Pinocchio’s picture is.
I added a wine bag to act as a pocket on one page and a pull out on the other. These books are great for taking notes or doodling pictures.
Their variety is intended to be inspiring for either pursuit.
Here’s the other book. I used Bingo cards as covers.
This pretty paper that was really hard not to rip when I was binding the book. I don’t know if I’ll use it again.
The pages I made from old books are mostly from books that were bound for the recycling bin, so I like to think I gave them one last gasp of life.
The folded page is a little tuck in pocket. I just folded over the paper and taped it at the bottom.
I’ve given myself a “One Book a Day” goal since I’ll be teaching this as a class in January. It’s an easy goal to reach because they are so satisfying to make. I’ll stop, I guess, when I feel like I’ve got it down. Or I run out of paper – Hahahahahaha…never gonna happen.