By early afternoon yesterday, my work bench was looking hauntingly familiar.
I have started folding the backing panels for a second wall piece using the same Shrigley binding variant as I used for G is for Geography.
G for Geography is now complete. All the embroidery is done and the cover panels attached to the sixteen interior junctions.
The work is safely stored in one of my map cases.
The final step before the piece was complete was the attachment of the mounting system. The picture below shows three mounts with inserted eyelets, three guards, a grey book board spacer —used to make sure that the eyelet is a sufficient distance from the back of the piece when sewn in place, and a pink piercing guide.
The paper mounts and guards were cut from a small sample of Helen Hiebert‘s handmade abaca paper. I wet the abaca, then ironed it dry. If not under tension it shrinks a lot in the drying process, but the ironing meant that I could achieve a relatively uniform, if crinkly, surface. The abaca paper is incredibly strong so I am quite confident that it will be sturdy enough for the purpose.
Guard side of mount (sewn with a pamphlet stitch) photographed before trimming the ends of the linen thread:
I also played with more folded paper structures this week for a possible ‘quilt’ made from encyclopedia pages.
I even found a few minutes to play with the Caran D’Ache water-soluble crayons I received at Christmas. From the top: applied dry to Thai Unryu speckle, then wetted; applied dry on the left, wet on the right on Legion Domestic Etching; applied dry on Yupo, then wetted. (The Thai paper and the Yupo have white card stock behind them.)
I also showed David how to glue and back spines for his little book. (I did the sewing.) You will note that my Lovely Assistant Kemuri came along to help.
There was one other project for the week: I have started working on this year’s DIY Valentine which I plan to post next week.
In other book arts news:
Susan Mills asked me to pass along the news that the third edition (English) of Book Book is now available.
Susan, an experienced book binder and instructor, recommends the book highly. You can purchase a copy of Book Book here.