• Car Workstation 3

    Posted on September 17, 2014 by in Altered Book, Sewn Structure

    I needed a new book for watercolor and ink so I gutted an old Nancy Drew mystery and put in my own sections of watercolor paper. We had a two hour car trip today so I sewed it as we drove and found a new use for the bright pink lap desk! I needed to […]

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  • Car Workstation 2

    Posted on September 12, 2014 by in Miscellaneous, Sewn Structure, Workstation

    We had to make an “emergency” stop at Raley’s in Winnemucca, Nevada, to purchase small plastic dental floss feeders (see light blue loop on the inside of the left cover). While sewing the Coptic Stitch for this book I realized that the holes that are drilled diagonally from the edge into the first vertical hole […]

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  • Car Workstation

    Posted on September 11, 2014 by in Sewn Structure, Workstation

    With long travel days and a need to work on a book I’ve decided to create a lap workstation for the car. I purchased the least colorful lap desk—hard to imagine that the others were brighter—and put together a little kit of threads, needles, prepunched sections and boards that I can store by my feet. […]

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  • Book-in-a-Box Class Photos

    Posted on August 28, 2014 by in Book-in-a-Box, Workshops

    I love making books; teaching others to do the same is just icing on the cake. It is inspiring to be in the same room with creative, capable, and enthusiastic students. The following photos will illustrate some of the work that went into making this type of book as well many of the ideas that […]

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    Book-in-a-Box

    Posted on August 18, 2014 by in Book-in-a-Box, Courses

    It’s getting to be that time again. OLLI Fall 2014 semester starts next week and I have a two day course you might be interested in taking. This is a wonderful box/book structure that fits in your hands. When the cover is opened the accordion book folds open; the book can be displayed in the […]

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  • Student Work—Crossed Structure Binding

    Posted on August 9, 2014 by in Crossed Structure Binding, Sewn Structure, Watercolor, Workshops

    I spent two wonderful afternoons with twelve very creative students. To prepare the pages for the books we spent a bit of time working with acrylic inks on watercolor papers. The intention was to create some kind of background for other artwork that would be added when the book was sewn. Following are just a […]

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  • CSB Painting

    Posted on July 23, 2014 by in Sewn Structure

    We have finished the first day of the Crossed Structure Binding. The covers were cut (faux emu upholstery fabric) and then we relaxed into painting pages. The photos show some of the early efforts and students will be painting six sides for tomorrow’s class. We will be sewing the Basic CSB—the first sewing for many […]

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  • Crossed Structure Binding for OLLI

    Posted on July 7, 2014 by in Courses, Sewn Structure

    It’s time for another OLLI book arts course—Cross Structured Bindings. These wonderful books require no glue and the sewing is straightforward. I will teach two stitches that should be in a book artist’s repertoire—the long stitch and the kettle stitch—and we will use acrylic inks to create background designs for our pages. I will be […]

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  • Wedding Guest Album Review

    Posted on June 18, 2014 by in Miscellaneous

    I will have the pleasure of creating guest books for two weddings—one in July and one in September. I have known the two brides since they were “little” and feel that I have a sense of what they might like in the way of a custom book but am writing this post so they can […]

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    Stab Binding—OLLI class

    Posted on May 5, 2014 by in Courses, Sewn Structure

    Twelve students learned the “ins and outs” of a side bound book. Book board was covered to create two hinged covers. Students could choose to make a photo album (with a fold on each page to accommodate the extra dimensions of added photos) or a journal. Everyone used either a Dremel drill or power drill […]

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