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Easier to do than to explain…

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I had a request from Mona who wanted a lesson in how to do coptic stitching (see her comment on ‘Another Book’ post). I said to her that it was complicated and easier to do than to explain. It would have taken an age to write some instructions so I did a bit of research and this is what I came up with. On the Book Arts forum there is a thread devoted to coptic stitching tutorials. I haven’t checked them all out but I’m sure some of them will be useful. It might be an idea to read them and then watch this – a YouTube video demonstrating coptic stitching. Marvellous. Hope this helps.

I am so busy at the moment. I have decided that I am going to try and sell some of my books in the lead up to Christmas, so I am busy designing a website. It has taken me and my sons almost two days just to come up with a name for this fledgling business. I actually sat and read Chambers Dictionary looking for inspiration and then as is often the way, when I had almost given up and gone on to something else, the perfect name came to me. I had to come up with a theme and a logo and then hit a technical glitch. All very frustrating. Then of course, I have to get down to the business of making more books which is the fun part. I have also ordered more yummy paper from Paper Mojo a wonderful website in the US who fortunately do international shipping (are you spotting an obsession here? maybe I should just open a stationery shop and be done with it) I have also promised to do three other websites for friends of friends and as I will be paid for these, I’m going to do them of course. It’s all very hectic but a much needed distraction at the moment.

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5 responses to “Easier to do than to explain…

  1. BookGirl August 26, 2007 at 2:02 am

    Diane, you’re spot on, of course, that it’s easier to do than to describe a coptic stitch. Even when I look at the diagrams in the Keith Smith books, which are supposed to be the best, I have trouble following them.

    Good luck with selling and marketing your books. I’ll look forward to hearing about your progress.

    Clara

  2. Diane August 26, 2007 at 6:48 am

    Thanks for reminding me about the Keith Smith books! I meant to mention them and forgot. I have just bought three more of them and I agree that while the photos of the finished books are inspirational, the explanations are confusing – just because it’s such a difficult process to describe in diagrams. Far easier to watch someone do it! Thanks for the good luck wishes too!

  3. paperseedblog August 26, 2007 at 3:59 pm

    Hi Diane, Just thought you’d be interested to know that your lovely books inspired one of my recent projects (http://paperseed.wordpress.com/2007/08/25/pay-it-forward-craft-exchange-part-2/).
    Thank you so much for sharing your talent.

    Emily

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  5. Diane August 27, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    Hi Emily, that is so lovely, what a great gift! Recycling is such a good idea! Although I envy you your stock of paper – I am constantly scrounging scrap paper for protecting surfaces (and the book covers) from glue and needing paper for the book pages and then there is my passion for the decorative papers for the covers.
    You have made a beautiful book and I love the idea of putting it in the organza bag too.

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