March Fourteenth, Twenty Fifteen

I think that’s the title of the menko piece I have been working on. (I am sure some of you will guess why. If you do, please don’t go blurting it out until after the show opens in September 2020.)

The process for assembly was simple, repetitive, and just a bit tedious.

Menko to be added were laid out in a line, following my ‘code sheet’.

To keep track of where I was in the series, I used the same system I use for knitting lace patterns: a strip of paper clipped in position below the row of digits. As each menko was laid out, I crossed off its number.

Each menko was added by opening it, placing the mounting string —mercerized high twist crochet cotton— inside it,

closing the menko,

then sliding it into position.

I added a removable triangular yellow and white tag so that I could find the end more easily when the piece is piled in a box.

The string contains 1,063 menko which makes it about  37 m/122 ft long.

In all that opening and closing, I only ripped one menko.

I still have to make a decorative Froebel star variant for the beginning of the string. Here’s a test model.

In other book arts news:

Hilke Kurzke has a new post about sewing Japanese stab bindings with silk thread. She is also looking for test binders to try out some new silks she has ordered.

The deadline she refers to would be midnight tonight,  Greenwich Mean Time, September 15, 2019. If you are in time and interested, you can sign up at the bottom of her post here.


If you watched the most recent Friday Night Flick, and were inspired by the pop-ups of Matthew Reinhart, he can teach you more about how to make them.

The link page is here.

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 March Fourteenth, Twenty Fifteen

  1. roseanne333 says:

    I got the clue!!!


  2. lcmt says:

    I was excited to see the links to bookbinding using Japanese silk thread. Cross stitch was one of several occupations for my sister Nancy. When she passed away we had an overwhelming amount of cross stitch supplies including some Japanese silk thread. Bookbinding had not occurred to me.


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