Thursday, June 16, 2011

Japanese-bound Books

These are books that I'm going to have a hard time letting go of. Not only did I learn a new way of stitching in the process of making them, but the fabric itself was such a treasure to discover.

While shopping at Hobby Lobby, we stumbled upon their fat quarters bin. A fat quarters bundle usually consists of five fat quarters, all with the same theme or color with an oddball fabric thrown in. This bundle had purple as the theme, and the oddball was a yellow fabric with pink flowers. I still have no idea what I'm doing with the oddball one. But when I saw the Oriental fabric, I was spellbound. Who on earth would reject such beautiful, rich fabric? And it was purple to boot!

But what to do with such a treasure? I was hesitant to do anything with it, because the entire piece of fabric was so gorgeous. But Heather showed me a book she had made using Japanese stab binding, and I was inspired. We searched online for a technique that would work with the fabric, and, once I'd drilled the holes (thanks, Dad, for teaching me how to keep my drilling steady!), binding the books was fairly simple. The hardest part of the whole process was painstakingly cutting out each portrait with no room for error. I may try to make smaller books out of the remains someday, but that's on my very long to-do list.

Yes, I'm putting in a lot of pictures, but each side has to be seen in all its glory:

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