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This book is a work in progress. It is covered with a gorgeous Japanese tangerine silk bookcloth which matches the end paper perfectly. I have a very soft spot for this end paper, I used it in a very special green leather book I made as a gift for someone last year and it always looks classy.
I say this is a work in progress, as it is a binding I have not tried before, only two sections sewn so that the stitching forms the design on the spine. I’m not sure if this type f binding has a name or not. I wanted the stitching to highlight the end paper so instead of the usual cream linen thread I used this lime green embroidery silk which worked quite well. Now even though the book is almost finished, I am going to continue with it and for the first time, I am going to fill it with calligraphy and other goodies, so you may be seeing this one again when it is finished. I started making books to do this very thing but was completely sidetracked by the process of making the books, which became an end in itself instead of a means to an end, if you see what I mean. So we shall see how this goes….
Now, I’m not saying that vegans are annoying, but there is no doubt that life would be a whole lot easier if my Number 1 son was a vegetarian. I took him shopping this morning for smart shoes to wear with a suit. He has some job interviews looming and needs to look sharp. Easy task you might think. Not if your son is a vegan and refuses to wear leather, it isn’t. We came to an impasse when I refused to buy cheap and nasty plastic shoes (I notice people’s shoes and plastic one’s are just plain nasty and won’t last 5 minutes) and he refused to wear anything leather (although there are lots of leather shoes out there that looked like plastic!). We may just reach a compromise if we can find some leather looking but not so ‘training shoe’ looking shoes which I think is his only hope. There must be something suitable out there, I can’t believe all vegans only wear jeans and casual shoes. Or maybe I should let him wear casual shoes with his suit to assert his individuality? Who can say?
I have also been working on my web site (not my Etsy store though unfortunately). I am determined to finish my web site as I do enjoy coding the html and css. I find it strangely therapeutic. It definitely appeals to my inner Maths teacher :-) I was stuck for ages this afternoon with a problem which turned out to be a simple coding error but talk about not being able to see the wood for the trees, it took me forever to spot it. It’s times like this when I miss my ex, who was my encyclopedia and guru for all things Mac and technological. It was great having someone at the end of the phone or an email away who could always tell me what to do or where to find out what I needed to know. This just about sums up my afternoon…click to enlarge.
This book turned out much better than I thought. The cream and black is such a classic combination and it works beautifully. The paper is an Italian graphic paper on the outside and a Japanese Chiyogami on the outside. Very multicultural.
I had some very bad news this morning so I’m not going to write much more – not really in the mood.
See you tomorrow.
I’d love to know what this paper says. The gold calligraphy is so beautiful against the black background. I wish I knew which was the right way up ….or what it says. Hope it’s nothing rude!
I’m not in a good mood today. I slept badly last night and had weird dreams and I think I’m getting a cold which doesn’t help. It’s been a cold, grey day, my broadband is being super S-L-O-W, I have writers block and I am fed up of staying in the house waiting for a parcel from the Apple Store to be delivered (which they say was shipped on Monday). They now say it will arrive on the 17th. How is it coming? Strapped to the back of a tortoise? One with a bad leg, coming via the South Pole? Ridiculous. The only good thing is that the parcel is a new laptop which I am very excited about so it makes this delay even more irritating.
So I’m going to finish on a sniffly, grumpy note today. Sorry. I’m off for a hot bath and I’m taking to my bed with a hot drink and my book. I’ll be better tomorrow.