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it is not as easy as it looks

December 6, 2011

4 books finished, 1 in the mail and 1 more to finish

my first book, in class was almost perfect

 the first 3, at home, went together easily and looked good


I had all sorts of problems with the next 4



I stabbed my finger with the needle and bled on the last signature !#**. cut the stitching, drove across town to get more paper, stitched  it back together and I’d put the signature in upside down. Took it apart again, waxed more thread and finally got it right. This morning it went in the mail.


this one doesn’t need to be finished for Christmas.  A woven shibori cover with marine charts for signature covers.





 I’m enjoying cutting and stamping in the children’s books

the weather is dull, grey and light-less, it is difficult to get good pictures. I looked at a new camera today, I want a backup for Japan and of course the one I fell in love with isn’t cheap!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. December 8, 2011 5:40 pm

    or a dap of peroxide will also get the blood out. i like using a thimble with any sewing, but only remember it after i’ve already made swiss cheese out of my fingers. another reason i’m always glad to be up on my tetanus shots.
    the marine charts are an interesting partner with the shibori covers which look like waves. will you make a journal/notebook for your trip to japan? that would be neat!


    • December 8, 2011 8:12 pm

      I will make a travel journal but plan to experiment with putting some “pockets” in the pages, I always collect loose bits and pieces. And I keep up my tetanus shots because I spin wool.


  2. December 8, 2011 2:25 am

    see, now you can say you’re blood friends.:)pretty nonetheless


  3. December 6, 2011 4:02 pm

    you two are so right, but i kinda like my bloodstains on my books (i know you’re groaning and thinking me strange, see! you rolled your eyes!). anyway, the shibori and map piece will be wonderful for someone to draw into! if you were taking a ship next spring to japan, it would be perfect!


    • December 6, 2011 4:18 pm

      think I like Aimee’s idea. that book has gone to an old friend and lab tech, she might have put me under a micorscope. You need to meet my 10 yr.old grandson who thought I might sail myself in a small yacht – sailing is in the family!


  4. December 6, 2011 2:58 pm

    needle stabs are NO fun. was it a lot of blood? i learned from a pro that your saliva erases your blood, so she always keeps q-tips handy to suck on and then dab onto any bloodstains on her work.


    • December 6, 2011 3:06 pm

      it was just a little wee bit along the top edge. thanks for the tip I’ll keep some Q-tips handy.


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