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A stitch in time…

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These are some of the papers I bought from Paperchase. The stitching is very pretty but I did discover one drawback – the glue oozes through the holes left by the stitching. I suppose had I thought of this before I started to make this book I would have lined the cover paper to stop this happening but I didn’t, so I didn’t and so it did. It doesn’t look too horrendous but it’s not prefect and so that’s irritating.

I played tennis this morning. It was freezing cold and my ears felt like they were about to drop off. There was a chilly wind blowing which made hitting the ball tricky to say the least but at least we had a good game and got some exercise, which is the main thing I guess.

After the game I went to my local art shop to stock up on greyboard which I use to make the book covers. I bought 3 sheets and some sheets of watercolour paper. I tried to carry them down the street to my car in the high wind and nearly took flight, so I decided to leave them at the shop and then go and get my car. I had to park in a very narrow street near their stockroom entrance. Unfortunately, the sheets were too big to fit into my car so I had to wait while they cut each sheet in half. I was blocking the road by this time so had to drive round the block several times while they did this. When I got home I realised that the guy had not given me the watercolour paper, so I will have to go back again tomorrow. What a pain. Serves me right for driving an impractical car I guess….

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14 responses to “A stitch in time…

  1. strugglingwriter October 29, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    Very nice, and the bows are back!

    That stinks about forgetting the paper. I do that sort of thing all the time. Hopefully it’s not so windy tomorrow.

  2. Diane October 29, 2007 at 6:18 pm

    Ha! I shall get them to roll it up – couldn’t do that with three large sheets of board! They were like a sail!

  3. cotojo October 29, 2007 at 11:21 pm

    Hi Diane,

    Maybe you should attach the board to the roof of the car like sails and use wind power….what do you thing lol. It sure has been a bit breezy and that wind has got quite a chill in it too.

    The stitching looks great, but as you say it’s a shame about the glue :(

    You have a BreakOut Blogger award to collect when your passing through :)
    http://grottynosh.wordpress.com/2007/10/29/more-awards-2/

    Colin

  4. tulibri October 30, 2007 at 9:15 am

    hi diane, a very lovely book, it looks so silky elegant :-)

    too bad about the glue. i haven’t used stitched paper so far – good to know that it would need backing before use.

    btw, thank you for your kind comments on my blog!

    cheers,
    astrid

  5. laketrees October 30, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    wow Diane …it looks sensational !!!
    for a minute there I thought that you had stitched the cover yourself…..
    windy weather….there’s nothing worse except for rainy…windy weather….
    I see Colin has given you an award…I have too….i
    t’s at my place for you to pick up when you have time :)

  6. Diane October 30, 2007 at 1:47 pm

    Colin, thank you so much for the comments and the award. It’s very much appreciated!

    Astrid, I have used stitched paper before but it didn’t happen last time… I shall be more careful next time for sure! You are very welcome, I enjoy visiting your blog, you always have some wonderful treats in store!

    Kim, what can I say? Thank you so much!
    As for stitching the paper myself – it wouldn’t be that neat if I had. Sewing is not one of my talents!

  7. clara October 30, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    hi Diane.
    This book is realy pretty. I love the paper and the brodery:

  8. Cris October 30, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    Despite the oozing glue, this is a lovely book!
    And too bad about the paper, but perhaps you are meant to find some other treasure when you return! :)

  9. Diane October 30, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    Hi Clara! I have enough left to do another one, so I shall line the paper next time! Your new books are lovely too!

  10. Diane October 30, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    Hello, Cris – I don’t need any encouragement to spend when I am in a stationery or art supplies shop! I have to develop tunnel vision or else I am constantly seeing stuff I want!

    Do you have a web site so I can see your books?

  11. Cris October 30, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    Diane, I’m right there with you! I have to physically restrain myself OFTEN to keep from bringing home too many treasures. ;)

    My website is still in progress, and alas, I haven’t started a bookbinding blog yet, but I do have some of my work in my flickr gallery, which I’ve added as my URL. :)

  12. Diane October 30, 2007 at 8:16 pm

    What gorgeousness! I have seen your work before and just not realized it was you…did you send the small red book to someone (Astrid?) in a book swap?

    I love the colours you use and the clam shell boxes are divine!

  13. Cris October 30, 2007 at 8:34 pm

    Aw, thanks Diane! You are correct, Astrid received the red book with the diagonal cover. :)
    I just went and installed a blog to my website-in-progress. I’ll let you know once I have something on it! :)

  14. Diane October 30, 2007 at 8:40 pm

    That’s why I remember it! I think Astrid told me about it when I did my diagonally opening book…

    I look forward to reading your blog and seeing more of your work, let me know when it’s up and running!

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