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May 9, 2013

the weather is so beautiful it is difficult to stay inside flowers 007

the azalea, “Mt. Saint Helens’ has erupted

but work must go on

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making a travel journal

using a commercial envelope as a pattern I make small envelopes and stitch them into center pages of 2 or 3 signatures.  They keep those odd scraps of paper safe until you can do something creative with them. I include graph paper and velum pages and sometimes city maps.

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a good paper-cutter speeds the process, a gift from a thoughtful son

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the covers are bookboard covered with fabric – woven, stitched and dyed with kakishibu

signature covers are  old marine charts alternating with cotton dye samples

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I apply a very light, paper-backed double-sided adhesive to the fabric, a light mulberry paper to the other side and then use the fabric just like paper.

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evenings, when I’m too tired to do anything else, I spin – silk/cashmere blend spun on the Turkish spindle and plied on the wheel with a gossamer fine reeled silk. You can almost hear the angels singing!

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. Jessica permalink
    May 11, 2013 9:12 am

    Hello! I just found your blog today and I have to say, I am so impressed! I learned how to weave and dye in college, and my aunt taught me to spin, but I haven’t done any of these crafts for far too long. I always loved the indigo dyes the best. Your work is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing it!


    • May 11, 2013 9:30 am

      Jessica – welcome, thanks for dropping by. I would encourage you to start slowly, something small and enjoy the meditative practice of making – something/anything again. 🙂


  2. neki desu permalink
    May 10, 2013 2:06 am

    the kakishibu book cover is wonderful!


  3. May 9, 2013 5:41 pm

    Such a lovely travel journal. Wonderful cover! It has everything.


  4. May 9, 2013 5:16 pm

    Making a book/ journal is so much fun because it requires a variety of skills and materials. Your cover is absolutely wonderful. Sometimes I miss the azaleas (from Georgia). I’m going to get myself one of those baby turkish spindles one day when Jenkins isn’t sold out!


    • May 9, 2013 5:45 pm

      Kristin – I love making books, just don’t seem to have enough time. That Turkish spindle is from IST Crafts on the Isle of Wight, I absolutely love it. If you want the little kuchula from Jenkins then order one and they will get it for you, they are lovely to deal with.
      Heather – soon, soon! you will be so happy when it is finished. would love to have a chat sometime.


  5. May 9, 2013 4:58 pm

    Oh Jean, your pictures have me ready to drop everything and make some books! But I am so close to finishing this damn quilt – maybe an hour more of hand quilting and then the binding, which I will joyously machine stitch! I look forward to seeing you sometime soon.


  6. May 9, 2013 2:51 pm

    oh, lovely, lovely. i’m cutting pages for somebody’s book today…it’s been the high point of the last several days (well, i have sinusitis and broke a tooth, so the day isn’t great, but…)


    • May 9, 2013 3:37 pm

      Velma – oh, take care. I’ve been struggling with sinus stuff but they seem to have settled down – this is a crazy Spring, not only is the pollen excessive but so are the aphids – yuck! a broken tooth is not fun and expensive!!!


  7. Renee permalink
    May 9, 2013 12:20 pm

    Rainy here but warmer. Love tools like papercutters that ease the way. Love the spinning.
    I finally saw a turkish spindle in action. Amazing.


  8. May 9, 2013 11:31 am

    That azalea is stunning and I enjoyed the process of your journal making. Enjoy the good weather, ours has vanished.


    • May 9, 2013 12:12 pm

      Lis – the azalea is a shrub, 6 ft. high and magnificent,it commemorates the violent explosion of Mt.St Helens in Washington State in 1980. What is it with you and I and volcanos? hope they stay calm and sunny!!Oh, that famous British weather!


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