Today, I took a journal-making class with my friend, K. Grace Howes of Redbarn Studios. It always find it fun – and liberating – to take a class in something I’ve never done before; this was a perfect example. Using Grace’s design for her “Coptic Stitch Journal,” I learned how to cover chipboard with fabric and paper for the covers, how to create signatures of paper for the inside, and how to stitch the whole thing together.
|Grace demonstrates one of the techniques.|
|Barbara stitches her journal together.|
|Elyse pulls her waxed linen thread through the binding.|
|Grace shows us how to do one of the trickier parts of the project.|
|The front cover of my journal.|
The inside of the front cover is a sparkly glitter paper:
|The inside cover of my journal|
In this photo showing an overhead view, you can clearly see the four signatures:
Stitching the signatures and the book covers together with the waxed Irish linen was the trickiest part. Here’s how the side of my journal looks. I’m not sure that I did everything exactly right, but it looks pretty much okay!
I will probably do some embellishment on the front cover, but I’m going to let my ideas percolate for a while before I do. What a nice way to spend a Saturday morning!