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Somewhere over the rainbow…

I decided to try something new this time. I had read about coptic stitching using two needles and thought to myself ‘I can do that’. Well I now know it is harder than it looks. In fact this book has been a total pain to make. If anything could go wrong , it has done. I glued the cover on and left it to dry, whereupon it glued itself to the table and tore when I picked it up. So I made another one. I then punched the holes down the wrong side of one of the covers so that the stripes didn’t line up, so I had to make yet another one. I should have known better than to try a tricky stitching technique at this point but to be fair, it doesn’t look too bad, although the stitching all seemed to go horribly wrong whenever I added a new section. You will notice there are no close ups of this stitching!

Memo to self, it’s a good idea to find out how to do something before starting the project, as opposed to my usual ‘if all else fails, read the instructions’ approach to life.



7 responses to “Somewhere over the rainbow…

  1. Clara July 29, 2007 at 8:06 pm

    This one is verry funy! I like, is fresh and full of colours, verry funcky.
    Thanks for the paper sites, the problem is: now i whant buy all of them! The papers are beautifull…

  2. Diane July 29, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    Hi Clara
    I am off to London to my favourite paper shop tomorrow, (Falkiners) I am very excited and I hope I don’t buy too many papers as I need to do other things than make books next week!

  3. BookGirl August 3, 2007 at 3:27 am

    Just came upon your site and am enjoying reading about your bookmaking journey. I took my first bookbinding class a little over a year ago, and fell in love. Your books are lovely. Good luck!

  4. Diane August 3, 2007 at 6:23 am

    Thank you for your kind comment! I have just looked at your lovely, informative blog and I can foresee much happy reading ahead – thank YOU!

  5. tulibri August 4, 2007 at 5:55 pm

    Hi Diane — “if all else fails, read the instructions” — this sounds very much like me :) instructions are so boring, especially when it’s about hands-on-things. May I ask you for your instructive source on coptic bindings? I’m looking for one …

    I’m quite envious you went to Falkiner’s! Since I found their fantastic paper range on the web, I would love to purchase some of these Judd Street and Curwen papers, but it seems they don’t trade online – at least they did not answer my mail asking for international shipping … too bad.

    Keep on with the books, they’re great!

  6. Diane August 5, 2007 at 3:38 pm


    I learned coptic stitching from ‘Non-Adhesive Binding – Books Without Paste and Glue’ Volume 1, by Keith A Smith. He has written several volumes which you can buy on Amazon (at least they are on the Amazon UK web site). I need to buy the others myself!

    I checked out the book you made for your boyfriend. It is beautiful and has lots of ideas I must try out myself – thank you!

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