I had planned to get several things done this week, but I ended up spending a big chunk of time preparing for the star book workshop that I led yesterday. We made the traditional star book
and two variations.
Here’s my prepared box of supplies for all the books.
We were a small group, so we fit nicely into Leona’s studio which she generously shared with us for the afternoon.
Models of individual pages:
We all had a good time —there was a lot of laughter— and participants each went home with three little books.
Next Sunday I will post step-by-step instructions for all three star book variations from the workshop.
I got a little farther with my knitter’s version of a Chinese Thread Book this week, though I did not get it finished. The long box for the left hand side is completed, but not attached.
I spent several hours playing with options for the small top layer boxes. I could just go with traditional twist boxes, but I thought I would like to make something different. The model I made had these origami boxes,
but I want something that locks shut. (I would prefer not to accidentally lose my little scissors.) I made several test folds, not all of which are shown here.
The pale green model is my preferred one at the moment: it is actually a letter fold, and both angled ends —only one is visible in the picture— tuck into pockets which makes the little container quite secure when closed. I really do plan to get this finished this week!
In other book arts news:
The current issue of The Book Arts Newsletter is now available on line and you can download a copy here.
In knitting news:
I promised a free knitting pattern this week, but I didn’t quite get that done either. I have finished knitting and blocking the sample, had David photograph it, and completed the written instructions, but I still have to finish charting the lace pattern. This process is more of a headache than I expected: there’s a big difference between printing out an existing lace chart and making scribbled alterations all over it for my own use, and making a clean, readable copy of a chart that other people can use easily!
Here’s a shot of the chart in progress:
I will have it done next Sunday. No, really!