Sunday, July 20, 2008

Silk Notebooks

Yesterday I decided I would take some time to work on a project with the silk papers I made with Jodi. I decided to make some hand bound silk notebooks.

I had my first experience with hand binding books last fall when I made the vegetarian cookbook for Maureen, as part of her "Secret Pal" reveal package. The book I made for her was sort of scrap book style, with recipes printed on coloured papers, and mounted onto different decorative papers, and then it was all put together with a mulberry paper cover and bound using the Japanese Stab binding method.

After that experience I think it is safe to say that I will never be a scrap booker, but I did enjoy the process of binding the book, quite a bit. I made additional copies of the book for people that had shared recipes, and used pre-printed pages. I liked that a lot more!

When I saw the finished pieces of silk paper the first thing I thought of was these hand bound books, and I decided to have another go at it.

This time I took some 5x7 spiral notebooks, clipped away the spiral binding, and re-covered and bound them. I used the original cardboard covers as a base for my new silk covers.

This was great because not only were they already the same size as the paper, but they had

holes in the proper places for me to use as a guideline when sewing up my binding. I did have to punch the holes out several times through out the process of applying the silk, or they would have been lost. It was much more time consuming than I expected it to be, but when the books were finished this morning [I let the covers dry overnight before binding] I really felt like it was worth the time and effort.

I think the finished notebooks are absolutely beautiful, and will make wonderful gifts.

I had some other plans for the rest of the silk paper, but now I'm thinking they may all become notebooks. At the very least I will have to make more silk paper for future book binding projects.


Dave said...

Wow, very cool!

Lil Knitter said...

OMG! Those are absolutely beautiful! I was thinking some sort of book but never expected them to be as pretty as this. I'm drooling here. :P
You did an awesome job! You're right...they would make lovely gifts.

Joansie said...

Very, very nice, Brian. Another talent to add to your growing list. :>)

Anonymous said...

OMG hon they are absolutely beautiful. WOW!!!!! You are truly very talented.


Jodi @ Happy House Quilts said...

LOVE them!!!! It was awesome doing this with you...alas the kids are back and the velvet is still white...need to do more dyeing...but it will get done...i'm so inpsired by it all! What a gift you gave me to spend the day with me and do this technique! Such a inneer child was feeling very neglected...and she had a ton of fun!

SunnyCan said...

Your books are stunning! How do you find the time?

LDSVenus said...

Oh my goodness, they turned out beautifully!!! You are always trying some of the most creative things. :) Oh to be young and have all that energy again :P.

Maureen said...

What a great idea! I love the new covers. I never thought to take out the wire binding and create a new one. Brilliant!

spinquilt said...

The books are beautiful. They will be very nice to use.