Wrapping some things up

There’s a good feeling of completion coming from this matched set of little books with onion-skin dyed covers. It was my friend Jaye’s idea to make a book like this with sewn-over straps binding using strips of leather. I ended up making two because I wanted examples of the variety of colors you can get with onion skins. The cover on the left reminds me of green roses.

Matched set of handmade books with onion-skin-dyed covers.

The inner pages are interleaved Canson Mi-Tientes paper in different colors with Strathmore tan toned paper from a pad. The thread is waxed linen 4-ply. It took us awhile looking at the prototype book to decipher the stitch pattern. I think we got it about right. I wrote out the steps and the second one went much easier.

Spines of books showing signatures & stitching

A few photos of the work-in-progress:

After stitching, before I trimmed and glued down the cover flaps (“drummed” in bookmaking terminology). I will never see the inside of this cover or the cover support again.
Stitch pattern on the inside of the cover & one side of the cover support. This stitching shows on the front and back of the book across the strips.

This morning, I woke up to a granular dusting of snow on the ground. The shallow bird bath is full of ice with a frosting of snow surrounded by the fuzzy seedheads of the asters. Yesterday I harvested the last of the broccoli and pulled up its stalks. It’s Thanksgiving week. Brussels sprouts, squash, and pies to be prepared.

8 Responses

  1. Liz A says:

    I do love process posts, even when it’s something I don’t make myself … surely this will come in handy some day when you look back thinking “now how did I do that?”

    Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday … however, I’ve got a lot of beige foods on my assigned to-do list … mashed potatoes, creamed pearl onions, coconut cream pie, dinner rolls, and stock for gravy making … I think I’ll add some broccoli salad to the list 😉

    • Catherine says:

      “beige foods” – haha. Someone in the family always used to end up with “white foods” on his plate… got teased. Colorful food is good, good idea for broccoli salad.

  2. grace says:

    ok…so…perfect. i’ve been waiting for this. your snow.
    First, the books are so fine….i’ve never made one…have done little with printing on paper….it’s a maybe thing for someday but i can refer
    back here if that day comes.
    I love all you post love coming here

    • Catherine says:

      Hoping to get a lot more snow. But I have to let the weather do its thing without too many demands, or I get sad about it.

  3. jude says:

    no snow has stayed here yet.
    I have never carried through on the book making thing, you inspire in your steady going.

  4. Nancy says:

    Love these two books. Something interesting, but never tried. Good on you for the doing! Happy Thanksgiving. ????

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