Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Something New! Handbound Journals

Once upon a time, ages ago, I bound/cased-in some journals in some turned twill tencel fabric that I wove. I had a great time, I used the journals (including taking one to France!), and kind of forgot about my small venture into bookbinding.

Obviously, I've decided to do some more (though these aren't in turned twill)... These are the first set of small journals that I bound - I start with a pre-made text block, cut acid-free book board to the right size for the covers and spine, and then glue on the fabric. And hope I don't make a big mess of things in the process!

Kind of a fun, different thing to do with handwoven fabric! I've got more in the works, and paper on order to do a bit more serious book construction - I think I'm going to try my hand at various stitched bindings.

And, even more fun, I'll be leading a hands-on seminar at NEWS in the summer of 2011 on this very topic! I'm experimenting a lot to see where I need to diverge from traditional bookbinding to make things work with handwoven fabric, and I'm also hoping to put together a couple of art books that have been floating around in the back of my brain, to give folks ideas of what you can do with fabric and books.


Lynnette said...

The journals look fantastic! What a perfect personalized gift for a fibre lover.

Susan Johnson said...

These look beautiful. Your choice of weave and colors worked so well