Note to my regular readers: I do not know how this post did not ‘go live’, but I am posting it as having gone up on March 25. Yes, I know it is confusing, but that will keep it in the order in which it was written. ; ]
I have spent quite a bit of time over the last few weeks folding bits of paper. It started because I thought I might do another Advent Calendar this year. (Yes I know it’s only March!) Last year’s Advent posts had a star theme. I thought for this year I might do Containers: envelopes and boxes that might be useful to book artists and others.
Then Paula Beardell Krieg told me she was planning a follow-up series on the Zhen Xian Bao (Chinese Thread Book) for Bound & Lettered and asked if I would be interested in supplying some models for illustration purposes. Since I am supposed to be doing my year-end pre-tax bookkeeping, I of course said ‘Yes’.The people at Bound & Lettered prefer that all their published material be new and fresh, and not just a re-hash of stuff from the internet, so I can’t show you what I am sending to Paula. Well, perhaps just a peek that doesn’t reveal too much.
As well as the work —well, play, actually— for Paula, I have folded lots of failed tatos (square origami envelopes).
I also returned to thinking about the Zhen Xian Bao because of Paula. (You can find links to my previous posts on the subject here.)
I like to take knitting with me when travelling. It is a good way to fill time. It permits one to be both sociable and productive. It can even be a conversation starter, as the world is full of knitters. When we went to England last fall, I took a sort of ad hoc thread book with me, along with a package of knitting needles.
The front pocket of the little notebook holds two tatos containing stitch markers made from cotton cord, and a pattern reader that David invented.
We are planning to travel again later this year, and I thought I would make myself a Zhen Xian Bao specifically for knitting. I wanted to make a self-closing outer wrapper that was simple to construct, easy to use, and eliminated the need for ties or straps to keep the thread book closed.
I think I have done it! I folded a self-closing wrapper that also includes the bottom layer box. (This has probably been invented by others before me, but in all my scouring of the internet for folding patterns for envelopes and boxes, I have not seen this.)
The image is just a teaser: next week I will post instructions for my self closing wrapper.
In other book arts news:
The Public Domain Review has published an article on embroidered book covers. You can read the full piece here.
In related, but not specifically book arts, news:
I missed the opening of Paraph at the Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery in Saskatoon on Friday because of a snowstorm. I can see the show later —it runs until May 12 2018— but I missed the fancy food made especially for the opening by Calories Restaurant.
The SCC Gallery does not have images of the show on-line as of this writing, but you can see a bit of the show (and more food) on Martin’s Instagram.
In knitting news:
I finally started knitting something from the Herdwick yarn I bought in England last fall.
I am knitting a bolero/shrug, inspired by this pattern on Ravelry.
The first time I picked up along the raglan edges, I used too many stitches. (Increasing is necessary for the garment to actually fit, but I did too much too soon!)
I am re-knitting the edge with fewer stitches and a triangular gusset under the arm which seems to be doing the job. If all goes well I should have images of the completed bolero for next Sunday.
This is not a yarn to wear next the skin! It knits up beautifully, and shows no sign of wear from the ripping back that seems to be a regular part of my design process. If you are interested in purchasing yarn from Crookabeck Farm, you will find their information here.