Thursday, December 17, 2009

Girlfriends Bound

I made a bookcover for my Girlfriends book shown on the video in an earlier post. For the cover I used purchased handmade paper with ferns and flower leaves. I used canvas I painted with PearlEX paints instead of book linen.

For the bookboard I used mat board. Thread is waxed linen. I had to open up an already packed box to get out my bookbinding tools. When I find some beads I can tie them onto the ends of the hanging strings.

I wish I had made the back edge wider is my main regret but not enough to do it all over again. I attached a button and string closure. You can find a tutorial for this style book at Teesha Moore's website. Click here. It is a very easy bookbinding technique.


Some bookbinding tools. Top Left: an awl. Top right: linen thread. Bottom row: blunt sewing needel and lump of wax to run the thread through

19 comments:

soulbrush said...

this is fantastic suki, i really love it, and as i have one of your books, i know how lovely your bound books are, enjoy it!

studio lolo said...

I love it Suki! I have yet to make any type of book. My journal will be my first attempt! I may have to hire you to assemble/cover it :)

Clevelandgirlie said...

So so pretty Suki. I'd love to learn to do bookbinding - so many wonderful ways to use that skill. What a treasure you now have!

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Very nice Suki. This is going to be a special book for you for a long time.

louciao said...

Absolutely charming. A real treasure.

Mim said...

how awesome!

Lynn said...

Wow, I am so impressed. thanks for the tips...you make it look easy but me thinks not.

Your book is so pretty. Did you add the ferns or were they already part of the paper?

parisdreamtime said...

Beautiful book Suki, it looks perfect to me, makes me want to hold it in my hands...
Andrea

sukipoet said...

Lynn this was purchased handmade paper with ferns and flower petals embedded in it. although i have made my own handmade paper w/same.

willow said...

Beautiful, Suki. And the tools are just as lovely. I'm especially drawn to that mellow lump of amber wax!

katie jane said...

This book turned out gorgeous! How nice to see one completed. I am so anxious to finally get mine back. I have participated in four book swaps and this will be the first one that I will have actually gotten back. I'll bet you treasure yours. P.S. I missed the video the first time around, so I just watched it. Lovely art!!

Annie said...

Beautiful Suki! You do such wonderful books. xoxo

Natalya said...

lovely book!
thanks for the bday wishes! sorry you didn't win the prize....

Lisa at Greenbow said...

You will never tire of this book. It is beautiful inside and out.

ewix said...

How talented you are
and what a worthwhile project.
A book to be cherished for ever.
Season's Greetings!

The romantic query letter and the happy-ever-after said...

I'm absolutely charmed by your lovely blog and brilliant talent.
Warmest regards,
Simone.

sukipoet said...

Simone, thanks for stopping by and welcome. You are so kind! suki

marianne said...

Wow this looks great!!!
I have only painted the cover but I have to think of a way to put it together.......

We are having snow!!!! Better than all that rain. It is still dark outside (nearly 8.10) but as soon as the light comes I will go ouside!

♥♥♥
>M<

Britt-Arnhild said...

What a beautiful and creative book Suki. You are creating a piece of art there.