The first swap book for today is a model of a Buttonhole Binding. Bonnie added glass seed beads to the stitching and a beaded floral motif on the front cover.
If you look closely at the stitching in the picture below, you can see where she has also added extra stitches at the edge of the cutout area between the long beaded stitches to spread them a bit.
Like Kristina, Bonnie provided detailed photographic step-by-step instructions on her process for making the book.
Gail made an Accordion Book for the swap. The cover was decorated using spray adhesive, metal foil, and glitter. (Gail was kind enough to hand out the copies in plain brown envelopes to prevent universal sparkle contamination!)
Gail used the structure as a display for some of her beautiful nature photographs. It’s a little more than a simple concertina structure however, as it has the instruction pages sewn to the reverse of one of the folds.
The book produced by Gerda covers more than one aspect of book production. The book structure itself is a Coptic Binding, but the pages were ‘printed’ by interleaving plant material between sheets of paper, then boiling the resulting ‘sandwich’ to transfer pigment from plants to papers. Gerda also made handmade paper for the endpapers and dyed the cloth for the covers.
The final book for today was made by Susan. It is a papyrus scroll, one of the earliest forms of book.
There is a title tab on the outer end of the scroll and a sample ‘bookmark’ glued further in. Tabs like this would have been used to mark important passages so that they could be easily found again.
The papyrus automatically rolls into a scroll shape when not held open. This was accomplished by wetting the papyrus, rolling it tightly, and drying it completely while in the tightly rolled state.
There are two books left for next Sunday. I have kept them for last because they go together as a pair, although made by two different people.
In other book arts news:
I received the current issue of Bound & Lettered this week, and was delighted to find that it included an article by Paula Beardell Kreig: Conversations with the Zhen Xian Bao. Images of one of Paula’s thread book variations even made the back cover!
In knitting news:
I washed and blocked and packed up and mailed off the shawl I have been not showing you. All will be revealed after the parcel has been received. I also finished the blue scarf and delivered it yesterday.
I am pleased with the border pattern which is my own design.
Finally, just because I haven’t included her picture for a while, here’s the Lovely Assistant Kemuri doing what she does best —helping!