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June 13, 2007

Weds. evening, just checking in…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 11:01 pm

Hey there readers.

Thought I’d pop in and show you some pretty stuff I got today as well as a finished album.

I got these silks and the really pretty red fabric today. The silks were bought with a specific project in mind and the red fabric will make a great wedding album cover. All of these look much prettier in person. The one in the middle is actually a bluish purple and the one on top is more of a light purple. What I like about the Dupioni silks is that they can look different depending on how light falls on them.

Silks waiting to be made into book covers

Here is a closeup of the pattern in the red fabric.

Red fabric with heart pattern

I finished a demo album today. The cover is a green linen with Japanese paper endpapers.

New album green cover

Here’s a detail showing a bit of the endpaper.

New album detail

I hope everyone has a great evening.

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June 12, 2007

I seem to have become a night owl…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 10:26 pm

Hey there readers.

I seem to have become a night poster these past couple days. I haven’t been sleeping in, though it would be nice. :roll: It just seems my mornings have just been a bit crazy and it looks like they will be that way through the end of the week as I’ve got a few projects that must be off the “list” by the end of the week.

I should have some project pics to show you when I’m done also.

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June 11, 2007

Just Another Manic Monday…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 10:35 pm

Can anyone out there tell me why, if there is an clean flat space anywhere in the house it seems to accumulate piles of stuff at an alarmingly high rate? I can clean off my desk down to the wood and within hours stuff is starting to pile up on it again. Ack!

Today has been one of “those” days. You know the kind. One step forward and two steps back.

On the bright side, I did get two small projects done that needed to be finished. I made a new album jig and a scoring board.

Here’s my nifty new board. It’s 16″x24″ with a center finding ruler at the top for lining up the sheets to be scored. I’ve used two pieces of matboard to form the groove down the center. To make the score you just lay your paper on top and run the edge of a bone folder or scoring tool carefully over the paper along the center groove. It’s hard to see in the photo but I took a little piece out of the ruler at the top for starting the score.

Scoring board

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June 4, 2007

Just checking in…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 10:20 pm

Good evening readers.

I’m just checking in from the mountains of Virginia. I’m visiting the Charlottesville area for a few days. Tomm. I’m taking my Mom into town for a day of shopping, lunch and general poking around the city.

Not book related but of interest is the Charlottesville Festival of the Photograph which is going on this weekend. There are some special exhibits and master classes with Sally Mann, William Albert Allard and Eugene Richards going on this weekend.

I will miss the exhibit on books which runs this weekend. From the site: An exhibition featurng important photography books, most published within the last two years. This is a celebration of the craft of bookmaking, a tribute to photographers and publishers who have created great books and an inspiration for those who hope to do so.

I’m hoping to be able to check out a few of the gallery exhibits while we are in C’ville tommorrow.

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May 28, 2007

Monday morning musings…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 9:34 am

Good morning readers.

I hope everyone had a great weekend. For some of us it’s still the weekend as today is Memorial Day and a national holiday here in the states. It’s our day to remember our fallen war heros. For the past many many years I have participated in or helped out at a Memorial Day art and craft show put on by the Valley Green Gallery in Nellysford, Virginia. This year I decided to stay home for the weekend.

On Sat. I went out trolling at our local antique mall. I scored a great old photo album for cheap. It’s in good condition overall. Just needs some leather repair on the spine.

I also bought a few old knives which I will sharpen to use for leather paring and general cutting.

Here are a few photos of the album. The cover is in decent shape. There are a bunch of scratches in the leather, I think a little cleaning and dye will help to fix them up. The album is 8.5″ tall by 6.5″ wide and 2.25″ thick.

Old album cover

The inside pages are in great condition. There are even a few forgotten photos inside.

Old album open with photos

The spine needs repair. Fresh glue and leather should do the trick. I’ll try to save the wording on the old spine for use on the new one

Old album spine detail

The front clasp is in working order. Just needs a cleaning.

Old album clasp detail

You can also see the gilding on the edges is in decent shape. I’ll most likely fix this up and resell it.

I like poking around antique shops. Most of the time the items that I am interested in are way out of my price range but occassionally I come across a great find.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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May 26, 2007

Saturday morning musings…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 10:35 am

Good morning readers.

It’s quiet here at the suburban ranch this morning. All the critters are feed and are either napping or outside getting a bit of fresh air.

I’ve noticed alot of folks linking to this site and the tutorials. I really appreciate the support. I would like to ask folks to please not link to the tutorials themselves but rather to the tutorials page. There are a few reasons for this. One is so that people get to see the whole site when they visit not just the tutorial PDF and another is that I will be making some major upgrades to this site by the end of the year and the file locations may change.

A couple of news items…

I understand that there will be a section on leather paring in the upcoming DVD by Janette Heffernen and Peter Goodwin on full leather binding. For you folks that have wanted to try a leather binding I think the DVD will be very informative. 

I am in the process of finally finishing up my PDF tutorial on flush mount album binding and will have it available sometime the first week of June. It’s taken extra time to put together because I wanted to make sure that all the steps were well documented and easily understandable. Unfortunately because of the time involved in making this tutorial I will not be able to offer it as a free download. Watch for more information on this page.

Continuing on with my discussion of headbands yesterday afternoon, I wanted to post another photo showing the headband in progress.

Here is one that shows more clearly the def. between the two colors with the sewing threads still attached.

Two color headband in progress

It gives you a really good idea of the process. Wrap three times, bring the thread over a fourth time but not through the cloth and pass the other color over and through to the back.

I’m actually going to try to make a little video of the process this morning. We’ll see how it goes. :)

I hope everyone has a great day.


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May 25, 2007

Busy Friday…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 7:58 pm

It’s been another busy day here at the suburban ranch. I was up early and and taking care of a bunch of items off the “to do” list that seems to grow longer not shorter by the day.

So, Ricardo had asked about sewing headbands. Sometimes it’s better/easier to sew them off of the block and glue them on. You can easily sew headbands with pretty much the same procedure as you would when sewing them directly to the block. You’ll just need to make a core to sew them on. You will also omit the tacking stitch. You can either make individual ones for each end of the spine or one long one and cut it to fit. You’ll need to run a bead of glue along the bottom of the stitches on the back side of the band if you will be cutting it. This is just a quick explanation of how they are done. They really aren’t that hard to do just a little fiddly at the start. Here’s a few photos of a length of headband I made this afternoon. It’s about 5.5″ long. I made a core the same way that you make cloth headbands using a thin inner twine. I used DMC #3 cotton perle thread for sewing.

Handsewn headband off the block

In the photo below you can see the bead under the band.

Headband closeup

This band is pretty basic. You could get creative with the colors and number of wraps per color. You can also do them one color or beadless.

A great book on sewing diff. styles headbands is Headbands, How to Work Them by Jane Greenfield and Jenny Hille.

The Craft of Bookbinding by Manly Banister has a good description of how to sew your own headbands off of the book starting on page 106.

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May 20, 2007

Sunday morning coffee and musings…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 9:40 am

Good morning readers.

It’s sunny and cool and breezy here this morning. It looks like it will be a another beautiful day for all the festivals and such that are going on around the area.

It was so nice yesterday morning that we headed out to our local farmers market and got some fresh veggies as well as shrimp and steak for dinner. It’s kind of fun buying your food off the back of a truck or from a farmers stand. Much nicer than going to the grocery store.

The wedding that I helped shoot yesterday was a very nice affair. The ceremony was on the waterfront and the reception was held at one of the local yacht clubs.

A few sites of note this morning.

The Evolution of the Medieval Book hosted by the Division of Rare & manuscript Collections at Cornell University. From the site: Among the many innovations that transformed Europe in the Middle Ages, perhaps none was more central than the metamorphosis of the written word. The evolution of writing in this period reached a dramatic climax in the 1450s, when Johann Gutenberg invented moveable metal type—and revolutionized human communication. This exhibition traces the history of the medieval book—its appearance, content, audiences, and forms—from the 9th to the 15th centuries. Drawn from the holdings of Cornell Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, the exhibition presents a rich variety of medieval manuscripts and printed books, from early religious manuscripts and illuminated prayerbooks to the secular works of classical antiquity and the first books printed from metal type.

The Cynscribe Caligraphy Directory. If you are into calligraphy this is the site for you to check out. There are a ton of Calligraphy as well as bookbinding and book arts links on this site. Though I found some of the book arts links were no longer working. From the site: Cynscribe Directory is a resource for calligraphers, lettering artists, papermakers, typographers,graphic designers, paper decorators, scrapbookers, rubberstampers,greeting card makers,book designers and artist bookmakers. It also includes suppliers, conferences, exhibitions & events,galleries, guilds, libraries, museums, and schools.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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May 17, 2007

Thursday morning musings…

Filed under: General, Mailbag — jackie @ 9:55 am

Good morning readers.

It is raining and cool here in Virginia Beach this morning after several days of sunshine and warm breezes. It’s a good day for bread baking. I love to bake bread. I’m looking forward to the day that I can have a clay oven in my backyard. I’ll be making honey whole wheat loaves this morning. :)

Yesterday, in the mailbox was a copy of the video The Atlas from the Bookbinding with Peter Goodwin series from Janette Heffernen. Janette produced all the Peter Goodwin bookbinding videos as well as one of her own on DIY video making (which I recently ordered).

Video seems to be the way of the future for alot of the information sharing. I’m considering making a few videos to go along with my tutorials. I am a visual person myself so photos and drawings that go along with written instructions have always helped me when learning a new technique. Taking classes was even better because I could actually see the technique being performed but I still had to take notes and try to remember what the teacher showed us once I got home.

So…I’m curious to know what you all think. Do you prefer to learn from written manuals with pictures or would a video be more helpful for you in learning? Or perhaps both? Please comment below.

I haven’t had a chance to view the whole video The Atlas yet but I’ll post a full review once I do. 

I hope everyone has a great day.

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May 13, 2007

Happy Mother’s day!

Filed under: General — jackie @ 7:58 am

Happy Mother’s Day to all you book artist Moms out there.

I only have doggies but I’m sure I’ll get a few extra tail wags and kisses from the lot of them today.

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