A Mini Star Book Workshop

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:

Crease Patterns:

My models:

Worktable shots:

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!

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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6 Responses to A Mini Star Book Workshop

  1. Kriste Rees says:

    Thank you so much for your posts on this blog. I love reading about your projects, both knitting and book binding. You inspire me to get more work done!


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  3. dinahmow says:

    Ah, yes, the “private code” that no one can understand… 😉


  4. vdbolyard says:

    Lovely project-the last time I taught star books it was a holiday gift from our Hospice organization to their workers, they were with me an hour and they left with their hands full of stars, and smiles.

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