Book no.3 turned into two books last week. They are both influenced by Alexia Petrakos "Journey Journal" from Eco books by Terry Taylor. The first version is made with plain book board covers, bound with a piece of eco printed wool which is sewn to the signatures as well as to the boards.
The second version has a cover made from boards covered with eco printed silk. I have wanted to use my fabric for hard covers for a long time, and was finally successful backing the cloth with mulberry paper before attaching it to the boards (using wheat paste and a smudge of pva glue). That part went really well, making the corners and attaching the end papers on the inside of the covers, not so much… This book is bound with a double thick piece of linen fabric, which was attached the same way as for version 1. The size for both books is 6" wide, 9" tall, and 0.5" wide. Each has 72 pages (in tree signatures).
Then there is book number 4. How I love this soft covered rose book! I have to clarify that this book was not made in just a week. I had started this project last year, creating the cover and the interior pages, but got stuck trying to assemble it. It is based on some of the historic limp bound books my friend Monica Langwe specializes in. By studying Monica's books on the topic (especially Limp Bindings from the Vatican Library) and with her invaluable advice I figured out how to reinforce the spine on the inside of the cover with heavy paper and the signatures were then sewn in place trough all layers.
The cover is made from vintage linen, patched and hand stitched and eco printed with rose leaves, lined with silk also adorned with rose prints. The interior pages are a mix of eco printed, paper, mylar (yes plastic - it is just beautiful), and cloth, interspersed with photographs printed on plain paper with an ink jet printer. Nothing fancy, but the combination of imagery is irresistible. The book closes with an vintage mother-of-pearl button and linen thread. I am really excited about the outcome, and can envision more books along these lines. The dimensions are 5.5" wide, 7" tall, and 5/8" wide. The book has 64 pages (in 4 signatures). Here are a few more images for you to enjoy, until next time...