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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Red Book of Westmarch - First Attempt

Hello, Crafty Peeples!
I continue my foray into bookbinding.   The Hubster is a HUGE fan of the Hobbit and Lord of The Rings Series.  I recently came across a Long Stitch bookbinding tutorial for creating the Red Book of Westmarch.   I didn't have any red leather and was not inclined to spend that kind of money for a practice project so I decided to use the faux leather fabric that has been propped outside my studio door for exactly one year.

I am so glad I did not invest in red leather.  My first attempt at the long stitching did not go well.  I am posting it here so that I can mark my progress.  I now plan to make three of these books.  One for my hubby, one for my eldest grandson, and one for my son-in-law.   For the real projects, I will order the real leather.  I could not emboss on the faux leather and I really want to add the emblem and Bilbo Baggins initials.
I really don't like this frame.  It probably would have been nicer if I had made it thinner.  Hopefully, I will be able to emboss the books I am working on now.   

The Long Stitch allows you to sew your signatures directly to fabric (or paper,)  The Red Book in the film is Case Bound, but I liked the look of the book in the tutorial.  When properly executed (mine is not) The long stitch makes a beautiful spine.

The inside of the fabric I used is like a moleskin and I decided to leave it in its natural state but stained with Distress Ink
I also used distress ink to age the signature sheets.  I used water color paper to make these signatures.
By the way, my grandson saw this and really liked it, so I let him take it home.  Glad I took pictures.  At least now I know he will like the "real" Red Book of Westmarch once I have it completed.

Thanks for dropping by!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Portia's Poetry Book- Using Graphic 45's Typography

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
Times flies when you have poor eyes!  Hopefully, my surgeries will be scheduled within the next month and I will be able to return to crafting on a regular basis.  I have managed to complete a few book projects.  It is amazing how much I can get done, even with bad eyesight, when I stay off Facebook. 

My SIL loves to write poetry and while she types most of it on her computer, she still likes to write her initial ideas on paper.  I am still working on my bookbinding skills and jumped at the opportunity to make a poetry book as a birthday gift for her.

This is my second attempt using the buttonhole stitch.  
I was successful keeping my bottom stitches straight but not so much with the top stitches.  
 I used Photoshop to create the notebook paper for the signatures.  This book has 14 signatures and 4 Kraft Dividers.  Each divider holds one signature.
I created pockets on both sides of the cover (inside) for index cards.