If you are in the area this weekend, stop by our booth at the LA Renegade Craft Fair. You will see a few new handmade book designs and can get a sneak peek of my newly published book! Look for us at booth #143.
After four years of sharing a one-room studio with my husband, our many tools and supplies slowly multiplied until they were stacked in piles around the room. I’m not sure how long I moved cardboard boxes full of stuff from the table, to the shelf, to the floor, and back to the table, before deciding to do a major overhaul. I’m so glad that we did.
The current issue of Studios Magazine, published by Cloth Paper Scissors, includes photos and an article describing our upgraded studio sp
Do you know that butterfly wings are covered in microscopic scales? This inspired the combination of materials above: pretty butterfly-patterned paper with pewter fish leather at the spine. The leather has a wonderful scale texture.
Take a look at Kellie’s Fine Leathers Etsy shop to see her selection of fish and eel leathers. They are great for a variety of projects.
I’m usually a bit behind the times. In this case, I just put together a planner for the year. It combines two different bindings and various materials, including printed kozu paper, twill tape and a vintage index card divider. The inside pages are printed from our Droplet planner pdf. Now I can start to get some things done!
I was recently inspired to push my current knowledge of Japanese binding to a new level. This type of binding moves past the boundaries of function and more in the direction of form. There is so much potential here! I’m excited to try more.
The cover of this book is cut from a UCLAx poster.
Find excellent examples of decorative Japanese stab binding patterns at Becca Making Faces.
I will return to UCLA Extension to teach Handmade Book Structures on Tuesday evenings for the Winter Quarter (January 10 to March 27, 2012). I would love for you to join me!
This class is loaded with demonstrations and hands-on projects. You will learn the basic techniques of book binding, including how to create stab, pamphlet, and multi-section bindings. You will also explore conceptual book structures and contemporary applications of book binding. The class is open to anyone intere
This is the last Holiday Wrap post of the series. Thanks for tagging along!
Wrapped with: Magazine pages Tied with: Twill tape Topped with: Origami Star of David and a manila tag
Select magazine pages for their colors and themes.
Look for twill tape at your local fabric store. It will often be available in white, natural and black. If you look at a specialty store or online, you will find a large selection of colors, widths, and thicknesses. I ordered mine
Wrapped with: Brown packing paper Tied with: Crochet doily Topped with: Embroidered fabric
Around the holidays, as online orders start arriving at your doorstep, you may begin to accumulate the brown packing paper that often accompanies these packages. Since the paper is already wrinkled, go ahead and crumple it up even more and then smooth it out. Its surface will be covered with a nice wrinkly texture.
This crochet doily is simply attached at the back of the pack
Wrapped with: Freezer paper Tied with: Washi tape Topped with: Paper and washi tape bow
Freezer paper, also known as butcher paper, is available next to the plastic bags in most grocery stores.
Have you discovered washi tape yet? The idea for this great crafting material is imported from Japan. CB2′s website shows several ways to use it to decorate packages. I used three different tapes to outline the edges of this box.
I remember my Mom showing me how to m
Wrapped with: Hand printed paper Tied with: Felt Topped with: Button badges
Printing your own paper is an entire subject in and of itself. There are hundreds of possibilities! This clever idea is from Christine Schmidt’s book: Print Workshop. It’s created by wrapping string around a block of wood and stamping. To design your own wrapping paper, consider printing with stamps, attaching stickers, or printing designs from your computer.
Cut strips of felt to use as a