Three thousand seven hundred and eighty

One of the mental games I played this week was doing arithmetic in my head, so I know that is the number of stitches it took to complete the designs on the little coloured panels for the nine versions of Twenty-twenty Hindsight: 3,780. Here are the panels before stitching, resting on their respective blocks.

I started the week by cutting all those little squares, then made a piercing template.

I pierced each square —1,944 holes in all, then stitched one of the six designs on it.

Here’s a set of stitched squares for one block.

The piece is now looks like this.

After gluing the panels on each block, the next stage will be to make a solid colour tamatebako for each one.  (For more explanation, see last week’s post.)

I made a couple of test panels to check the fit. Here is one partly folded, showing the cuts in the middle creating the flaps used to glue the panels together.

I played a little last week with alternative enclosures that open on six sides. Here’s a card stock cube that is entirely made up of flaps.

When I tried to open it on one side, the entire structure fell apart.

After spending so much time last month on #areyoubookenough_machine I hadn’t planned to make anything for this month’s #areyoubookenough_break challenge, but an idea had —quite literally— fallen in my lap.

The layout for printing is complete. Now I just have to finish the text, print it, cut it out, assemble it, photograph it, and post it with appropriate hashtags by the end of the day. Easy peasy.

I haven’t posted a new DIY artist’s book for a while, so next week I will post instructions and a printable file for FRAGILE.

In other book arts news:

If you can’t wait until next week for a DIY book arts project, you could make the latest one-sheet mini-book from Judith Hoffman. You can find the original post here.

Download A-Child’s-Introduction or click the link in the post.

Instructions for cutting and folding a mini-book are here.

In other news:

My favourite crabapple tree —an Almay— hit full bloom this week

Isn’t it glorious!

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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3 Responses to Three thousand seven hundred and eighty

  1. Judith says:

    Thank you so much Cathryn! I am delighted. I thought I left a comment sooner, but who knows where my brain is right now. )-:


  2. Pingback: FRAGILE, a DIY artist’s book | Byopia Press

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