Wednesday, January 20, 2010

a cabinet card book

I just bound up this 41/2" by 51/2" book using a cabinet card sent to me by Cris, on the cover. I saw some books on red velvet creations using tintypes as covers. That made me think about using cabinet cards. I wrote to Judy Wilkenfeld and asked permission to use her idea (or a similar idea to hers) and she wrote back saying it was okay.

I've only done this style of binding once before, so I made a few mistakes. For example using too many beads on some of the ribbons and stitching wrong in a few places.

Inside I used charcoal paper, good for writing or sketching.

You sew over the ribbons, then glue the ribbon end to the back and front covers. I then glued the cabinet card on top of the front ribbon.

25 comments:

parisdreamtime said...

It looks wonderful, your cabinet card book, I love the details of the binding and the photograph and the little black ribbons holding the threads. Also the earthy colors of the beads are beautiful.
love
Andrea

Teri C said...

Wow Suki, it looks wonderful!

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

This is great. so glad you are getting use out of those old photos I sent you that I had no idea who were in all those photos from my Grand parents photos my mom had.... This is perfect for your book. But what is a cabinet card? Never heard that term before.

sukipoet said...

simply said a cabinet card is a way of displaying a photo popular in???early photo times. The photo was glued to a thickish single paged card, sometimes with embossed edges and people would display the photos by propping them on cabinet shelves. thus the name. or for a better explanation click on my link on the word cabinet.

willow said...

I adore old cabinet photos. What a delightful and creative way to enjoy them!

m. heart said...

This is beautiful, especially the binding!

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

I had not heard the term cabinet card before, but I love them, I have a few I found in antique stores and always wonder about the families in the photos.

I like the bead and ribbons too, makes the binding very artistic

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Nice to learn something new...thanks for the information on cabinet cards. Your latest book is a gem...ribbon, beads and all!

layers said...

love the interesting way you did the binding-- I like to see all the ways books can be created

Kate Worley said...

Hmmm, I've seen these photo cards in antique stores but never knew they were called "cabinet cards". Interesting. I love the look of your book. You do these books so well. What will you use this book for, I wonder?

Mim said...

I love this. I also saw that post and thought of the same idea but have no idea how to do book binding.

~Babs said...

Very interesting, I didn't know the term 'cabinet card' either.
Somehow I get the feeling this isn't as easy as you make it appear. The beads and ribbon look great,,,the whole thing does!

ArtistUnplugged said...

Wow, your bound book turned out very lovely!

Irene said...

I've learned something new, who said you can't teach an old dog? Your book is lovely in spite of the errors you think you made, it's art.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

This looks great to me Suki. I can't see the errors you spoke of. I love the front cover photo.

sukipoet said...

Mim, I learned bookbinding from reading books with instructions. some are simple, some complex and i can become frustrated learning from books. however if i have several books showing the same binding style i can often figure it out. different people have different ways of giving instructions. Then, once you bind a few in a particular style, you get it. Of course there are some folks who are bookbinding "naturals." left brained folks have a better job of it than myself. I find it very hard but satisfying.

parisdreamtime said...

Hi Suki, came back to look at the cabinet card book and took time to read the comments AND learn where the name comes from:)
Also I clicked on one of the pictures and saw that the ribbon is not black but blue, which I find so beautiful. It looks perfect.

Kim said...

Suki, this is truly wonderful. I think you have found a medium which marries your love of the visual and love of the word! It is a perfect match. I have always thought bookbinding was so interesting, and you have proven it to be truly beautiful.

louciao said...

What a lovely book. I am always intrigued by unusual bindings and I really like your ribbon and bead technique. You make it sound so easy, but it's pretty much Greek to me! And all those juicy pages just crying out for...

soulbrush said...

i've got one of your lovely books bound like that, i do my zentangles in it.

sukipoet said...

Oh gosh Andrea. I am embarrassed. The ribbon is Blue?? I thought it was black. Hmm, my eyes are strange (true).

Soulbrush, yes the book you have is the first one using this style binding that I did. And the one pictured here is the second. I do like the style and will do a few more soon. glad to know you found a use for it!

ArtPropelled said...

This is lovely! I love looking at the spines of handmade books.

Mary said...

i don't know how i missed this post but here i am ;-)

i love this little book....i am so in a book binding mood at the moment...my fingers are twitching!

marianne said...

Wonderful book!
made in your engagement time ;)
Good to see you creating and full of ideas again!

♥♥♥
>M<

whyte said...

L-O-V-E the idea, love old b/w, such mystery around them.....who are these people? I love to resurrect them into beautiful artwork. Gorgeous piece!