It’s the time of year for celebratory gift giving in many cultures, and I traditionally give my readers something. Last year’s gift was a DIY Christmas accordion book.

I will be celebrating 20,000 views for the year shortly (just over 500 views to go) so I thought a bigger gift might be appropriate. I have also been thinking about Advent calendars. My plan is to do a post with something for you to make every day from December 1 to Christmas Eve. Since the official start of this blog was on Tanabata, and because it seems suitable to the season, and since I really like stars, it seems fitting to have a star theme for all the projects.

We’ll start off with a really simple star like the one shown above: the star I made for the first Christmas tree David and I had together. There will be book-related stars, stars for  textile people, and perhaps a star for bakers. (I haven’t tested that one yet.) You may not want to make all of them, but I am hoping that you will try at least a few. Here, to build a little anticipation, is a photo of some of the stars I have made so far.

Everything starts December 1, this coming Friday.

In book arts news:

Just a quick reminder: Susan Mills will be teaching a two day box making workshop in Saskatoon, December 2nd and 3rd, 2017.

Build a classic “clamshell” book/portfolio box the first day. This storage box completely encloses the protected item and can be custom fitted to any size. Consisting of 3 basic parts – the lower tray, the upper tray and the outer case – it requires precise measuring and cutting. The boards will be pre-cut allowing for a positive box experience.

On the second day, you will make a hinged case. Japanese books are traditionally stored in hinged cases that fold around one or more volumes. This box is a variation of the book case. It can be made small (jewelry) or large (quilt) and can be made of many materials. Construct a prototype box as a basis for future boxes and cases – and – measure and cut all the boards by hand.

All materials and the use of tools are included.

Susan Mills has been binding books, making boxes, and teaching these techniques for a quarter century! She is on the faculty of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax.

Dates: Saturday, December 2nd and Sunday, December 3rd, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm both days.

As a conclusion to today’s post, here’s a lovely 19th C. bookplate. It was posted on Tumblr by Michael Moons Bookshop.

About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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