Thursday, 5 January 2012

Another book and gale force winds

Hi everybody, good morning from stormy, wild and windy Rhineland. I'm glad I don't need to go far today, I think home is the best place when the weather is so bad.

Yesterday I went for a few hours to visit a friend, and on the way home I bought a lovely, large needle, suitable for darning socks and sewing books together. I used some water-colour paper to make the 10 signatures, and sewed them onto covers made from recycled cardboard. This time I added the croco-look paper after finishing the book, so that the spine is covered too, and then used some pearlised paper to make the end-papers of the book. The pages lie completely flat when the book is open. It's still not quite as I would have liked it, but it was much quicker and easier to sew this time with a decent needle, and I think the next one will turn out as I want it.





Okay, that was it for today, the H*******K is waiting - it can't be put off any longer!

Have a good day you all, take care, and thanks a lot for visiting!

29 comments:

  1. I so agree about hand made journals - they are fun to make, lie open beautifully, and are so easy to work in. I don't want to go back to a bought one now. Love the one you made yesterday - the right equipment makes all the difference does it not. Glad you were able to find a large needle. What kind of thread did you use for the binding? You have my sympathy about the H*****K. hugs, Donna

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  2. Oooh, this one is lovely! Hope to see more soon! Have a great day, Hugs, Sarah

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  3. Are you intending darning socks too, or just sewing journals! Lol. It's beautiful. Don't over do it today!! xx

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  4. Darnin' socks??? NEVER!!! I lose them in the washing machine before they ever get to that stage!

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  5. Fabulous book Valerie, specially the croco effect. Have fun using it x

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  6. Oh Valerie this book is wonderful, I love the paper you have used to cover it. I have not tried copic binding before but i have pinned lots of tutorials on pinterest so will have to give it a go. Your journals are amazing, are you going to sell them? x

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  7. Blowing a gail here too Valerie, super book :)
    Just open the window and let the wind rearrange the dust lol
    Von xxx

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  8. Beautiful book Valerie! The right tools also help don't they?
    Had to laugh at your darning comment - when we cleared Dad's house I brought home my Mum's darning mushroom. DH just laughed when told what it was and said,"..as if!!"
    Hugs xx

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  9. Stunning handmade journal.
    We are also experiencing gale force winds. Horrendous!!!!!!
    Wishes and Stay Safe
    Lynne

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  10. Lovely Journal Valerie love the paper on the covers!

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  11. This is wonderful-and it looks so much easier to do than the others I've seen. Would you consider doing a tutorial?
    Please?
    Hugs,
    Stephanie

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  12. This looks so elegant Valerie! The embossing gives it such a rich look.

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  13. Beautiful book. The wind is dying down here we got it yesterday as well. stay safe and happy stitching XOXO Zoe

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  14. This looks fabulous, Valerie! Much more fun to do than that H......K :)

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  15. The book looks beautiful, love the look of the textures.
    Windy here as well.
    Yvonne x

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  16. Valerie, love that croco look. I went in my studio today and rummaged around to look for a journal that I won in a Pay It Forward giveaway and think I am going to touch up the outside. I started on the inside yesterday for a piece for Artists In Blogland and will probably link it to PPF as well. But I agree with Stephanie, although you've given us lots of info on making your books, a tutorial would be great. I'd attend your class. I don't learn easy though but I would definitely have a go at it. Very nice work. It's cold here but not as windy and cold as it is over there. Take care and have a great day. Time to get ready to go see the doctor. Bye now.

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  17. I am so glad you cant spell that H word dont even want to think about it ! What a fabulous book all pristine and virginal and just waiting to be transformed, cant wait to see what you do with it.

    Marie

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  18. Great Book!!!! You amaze me with everything you get done in a day :0)

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  19. Valerie, your book is gorgeous and the stitches look perfect with signatures aligned just right. Love the cover!

    Hugs,
    C

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  20. lovely book val, hope you survived the H******K lol...

    maria xx

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  21. Love this...such incredible texture!

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  22. Simply an incredible book, LOVE THE TEXTURES!!!
    Using watercolors paper to create the paper, fantastic.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Have a wonderful day! *hugs*
    p.s. Sorry to hear about the weather. It is in the 80's here in Southern California, I should be grateful <3.

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  23. Lovely book. I like the texture on it. Look at all those pages just waiting to be filled! x

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  24. Lovely book. I like the texture on it. Look at all those pages just waiting to be filled! x

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  25. It is precise - the signatures are lined up so nicely! I totally agree that the right tools make all the difference!

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  26. Love that rich texture you created! Beautiful! I agree that when the weather is bad, stay home if possible!

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  27. Gorgeous book Valerie! Lots of pages to fill! Love the "feel" of it!
    Wishes
    Debbie
    ^..^

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  28. You really amaze me! Those books are gorgeous and I am so impressed by the clean, neat look of them (does that sound silly?) They are really sharp!
    Thank you for your sweet comment and a very happy 2012 to you!
    Looking forward to more,
    xoxoxo

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  29. What a fabulous journal you made!!

    hugs,
    Jen

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