Sewn board book

Another adventure in bookmaking with the Handmade Book Club – the sewn board book. This is the first time I’ve sewed, pressed, glued and covered a spine. I made a lot of mistakes as usual, but I like how the book turned out. And I’m happy to say I used up the last bit of a roll of Strathmore paper that I bought a few years ago. It turned out to be very hard to work with due to its irrepressible curl. I’m never buying a roll again!

Spine assembly sandwich: from top, brick, plywood, book with sewn spine, board, work table (covered with protective plastic)

I chose two old mixed media works on cheap drawing paper for my covers. It was fun to get these out of their dark storage location and into the light where I can more easily appreciate their bright colors and whimsical designs.

Auditioning bookcloth for spine, cover papers, ribbon, decorative tabs
Front cover, finished book
Back cover, finished book
End sheets painted in various colors on gray toned paper
Opened book

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