Though I actually haven’t done any bookbinding in several years, I’m beginning to want to again.
On a whim one summer I taught myself Coptic Stitch bookbinding. (I even remember which tutorial I used!) I made about a dozen small notebooks over the course of a few weeks, and gave at least half of them away to my friends and family as Christmas presents.
I still have a few, though, and one is in regular use as my travel notebook, that I take with me to write Out and About blog entries, jot down notes, make lists…basically my portable writing brain. And I thought it was worth showing off.
(Apologies for the poor lighting, we’ve been shrouded by clouds all week.)
Here it is. The covers are cardboard covered with fabric I salvaged from a thrift-store sundress. (I couldn’t resist the stripes.) You can see I didn’t glue my corners down very well, and the constant use has them fraying some. Beginner’s mistake.
The actual stitching. This was probably the fourth or fifth book I made, so I started experimenting with different stitch placements. I like the triple lines better than evenly-spaced ones. That, and the fabric pattern, is why this is one of the ones I kept for myself.
The inside covers are cut from yoga magazine pages. I’d gotten a free subscription, and I read them, but I didn’t feel the need to keep them…and I didn’t have much in the way of pretty paper. I should have used something thicker, though, because you can see the edges of the fabric underneath.
My scratchy handwriting. I do wish the book was a little bigger, but cutting regular notebook paper in half vertically to use for the folios meant I wasn’t wasting anything but the torn edge where it came out of its original binding. If I ever get more serious about making new books, I should invest in better paper…but I still love this little guy.
And since I keep seeing gorgeous handmade journals on Tumblr…well, I’m feeling that itch again.