100 Books Journey – Book 39


Instead of cleaning up after Family Art Day this past weekend, I took advantage of having all the marbling goodies out and threw stones all afternoon!


The tanks were a bit sludgy after Saturday’s activity and didn’t really want to play with any of the more intricate patterns, but they sure did like stones and I got a number of pieces that I am particularly in love with!


This one found its way into book 39/100!  It’s a two signature book, bound in another of Keith Smith’s forms from 1-2 & 3 Section Sewings, called Pinking Sheers. I filled it with a really sweet Fabriano Watercolor paper I picked up a few weeks ago and the end papers are another bit of that bright turquoise Canson Mi Tientes I’ve been using all summer, so this book is just luscious!


I also got a chance to do a little experimenting in the marbling tank and loved this last piece so much I had to mount it on a cradle board…


It reminds me of an alien landscape and has me thinking about exploring a whole series of them. Hubby and I are off on Friday for our annual health sojourn in the dessert, so it’ll have to wait til I get back, but I suspect these landscapes might find their way into my dreams while I’m gone.


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Family Art Day and Books 37 & 38


I don’t know about yours, but my family tends to be a little scattered. We’re busy, some of us live outside the city, life just gets in the way and we tend not to get together as much as I would like – which is one of the main reasons I started Family Art Day. That and my absolute LOVE of sharing the creative process with anyone who shows an interest!


We get together about once a month to visit, share a meal, and make something pretty. We’ve been a busy bunch this past summer and have gotten a out of our once-a-month rotation, but the recent arrival of my new grand-niece (Aug 1) and a visit from her grandma and great-grandma from Florida made it perfect timing to get back in the game! We had a full house this past Saturday and I think a marbelous (pun intended) time was had by all!


First we marbled (thus, the pun 😉 ), then we used our beautiful papers to make darling little accordion books, which we filled with even MORE darling photos of the new baby.


I suspect there will be a whole lotta bragging going on as those little books make their way out into the world this week!


I know mine (#37/100 – the pink one on the left) is definitely going into my purse for bragging purposes. The second book on the right (#38/100) will be going in my shop – soon!!

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This day also marked the first official sharing of my brand new screen porch!! This has been all I have thought about all summer – planning, gathering, sewing and crafting – and I guess there was a little construction involved too. We started with this…IMG_0754-001

When the workers left Friday afternoon, I went to work filling it up with all my collected bits and now I have THIS…


There is still a bit of finishing work to be done (brick shifting, gutters and other boring stuff like that), but the part I am enthusiastic about is definitely ready for primetime!! My family was thrilled (as am I) – there were plenty of spots for everyone to sit and visit, a soft spot for the baby to nap, and just the sweetest/coziest little space you ever did see. Here are a few highlights…

  • The sofa is a Saybrook All-Weather Wicker Sofa from Pottery Barn – I got it on summer clearance for about half the regular price. We could not have picked a better time to furnish an outdoor space because every item I added was on sale. Yay!
  • The black and white ottoman is hand-made by me from this Style Me Pretty tutorial. I did alter mine in a couple of ways – first, before I stitched the whole thing together, I added a long zipper to one side seam so I can wash it; second, instead of stuffing with bean-bag pellets, I stuffed mine with blankets! It’s nice and firm, won’t break down over time, better for the environment, and serves dual duty as a place to store blankets. I can always open the zipper and take one out if I need it over the winter!
  • The cushions on the wicker chair were Pier 1 cushions (agaiIMG_0807.jpgn on summer clearance) that I just recovered with my own fabric.
  • The rug was on summer clearance from Target (7×10 Threshold Indoor/Outdoor Flatweave Diamond Area Rug – in Turquoise).
  • The blue chair front-right is a Melanie Side Chair from Wayfair. This fun, retro-styled chair is also a glider. I have cushions to recover for it, but just haven’t gotten there yet.
  • On the other side, I have a little bistro set that I got on clearance from Pier 1. I’m planning to add bright cushions to the chairs and possibly another small rug.

All of the side tables, plants and the quilt on the couch were things I already had. I’m also planning to add some twinkle lights and prayer flags and I have a sign to paint that will read, “life is better on the porch.” Because I’m truly finding that a life centered around porch-living is pretty sweet indeed.


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100 Books Journey – Books 35 & 36


In the interests of full disclosure, I started what I intended to be book 35 and got stuck. I had this crazy stitching idea, spent days working it out, then just wasn’t happy with the outcome. It’s been sitting on my workbench taunting me ever since! Should I tear the stitching out and try again? Should I regroup and reinvent? Should I abandon it as a lost cause? I swear, it’s sitting over in the corner right now, sticking its tongue out at me! As someone great once said, “the best laid plans are sometimes best laid aside.” I’ll get back to it (eventually). In the meantime, I did manage to bring a couple of other fun ideas to fruition and here they are!


Book 35/100: This is a single signature, chain stitched book and is another example of the type of book I wanted the lying press for. One thing I learned while trimming this baby, though, I probably need to go ahead and trim the top and bottom of my pages before binding and just use my plough to trim the side edge. I found the signature-fold a little tricky to navigate with my make-shift blade and ended up having to hand-trim in places.


I was ultimately triumphant, however, and I love this book (though it may not, in fact, be a favorite 😉 ). It’s filled with 24 sheets of my go-to 90lb mixed media paper – folding my cover to create a 1/4″ spine allowed me to really pack the paper in (which I love).


The marbled cover was actually an oops of a Nonpareil American pattern, but I liked how it almost looked like leaves on vines, so I decided to use it. My favorite thing about it is the spine, which lined up almost perfectly with a “stem line” down the center and “leaves” on either side of the stitching – nice little happy accident!


Book 36/100: This book was born out of a personal need. If you follow me on Instagram (#kjw2play), you might suspect that I am an avid nature lover. While the rule of the trail is generally, “take only memories, leave only footprints,” when I’m hiking non-protected trails, I do sooooooo love to satisfy my magpie urges by picking up interesting leaves, feathers and the like. Sometimes, the things I pick up are wet, could use cleaning before they’re handled too much (like feathers), or (worse) they end up forgotten at the bottom of my bag. So I decided to make a field journal / flower press! I wanted it to be light, portable and contained – and I wanted it to reflect the natural world I love so dearly.


The cover is made from Gelli® plate monoprints, made using natural leaves and feathers as masks and stamping tools. I printed a large, abstract piece for the overall background, then created little vignette type prints to sew on top. The book is tape bound with scraps of ribbon and lace and stitched with lavender waxed linen thread. Inside the book are a minimal number of pages – a total of 12, plus two pocket signatures. My intent was to use the book more as a press than to put anything into it permanently, so I kept it pretty small (we’ll see how that goes).


The two pocket signatures are made from glassine envelopes. For this, I simply taped two envelopes (sized 5.5″ x 8.25″) together along one side with washi tape to form a signature.  I did use a heavier coated tape, stitched the signatures very carefully/gently to avoid tearing, and will need to watch the tape ends as they may begin to unstick over time and use.  Simple solution for that is to just re-stick them with glue stick, matte medium or more tape!


The book also has an elastic closure to keep it closed and help with the pressing aspect.


Plus an expandable collection pocket at the back. THIS book probably IS my current favorite and I can’t wait to take it with me on my next nature wander! :)

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100 Books Journey – Book 34


Hooray!! My lying press came this week and the first thing I did was finish book #34! This book has been laying on my worktable for a couple of weeks now with paper hanging out the side because I wanted to trim it flat.


The trimming process was a little tricky – I ended up having to hand-trim a few pages afterwards, but am hopeful that practice will help. I’m also not 100% sure my makeshift plough is going to be adequate, but I haven’t given up on it just yet. In any event, book #34/100 is finished and I think it’s one of my favorites. 😉


This is a two-signature Linked-X book from Keith Smith’s 1-2 & 3 Section Sewings. I had actually planned to stitch this as a Soft-K, but I realized right away that my tension was too tight and I just decided to go with it. Soft-K and Linked-X are basically the same stitch, the Soft-K is just looser and looks more like a letter K.


The cover is pieced-together scraps of marbling, backed with a beautiful plum-colored Canson Mi Tientes paper. I’ve layered on some stitching, stenciling, rubber stamping, a bit of security envelope collage and finished with a tiny bit of pen-work. It’s a little wild, but I’m really loving all the color and movement – I think it would make a great inspiration journal.


Inside the book cover, I’ve also created two long pockets. I know I love to stuff loose papers and found bits into my books and am not always prompt about gluing them in, so I love when I can include a pocket or two for temporary storage of those goodies. To make these pockets, I just made my cover extra wide, folded over about a two-inch flap (front and back), then finished by sewing the top and bottom on the sewing machine.


My next book, book #35, is well underway. It’s going to be more of an art book vs. a blank book, so it’s an evolving process, but I’m hoping to bind today and maybe finish by the end of the week!


Truthfully, I’ve been a little side-tracked the last week or so as Hubby and I are working on a home-improvement project. We’re screening in our back patio, which I’m over-the-moon excited about because we don’t have a lot of shade in our back yard and, as a TOTAL back-yard-shady-chair-sitting kinda gal, this will be a huge and much welcomed change. I’ll share more as the project develops!

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Clean and Clear

There’s no getting around the fact that I am a better person when my body is clean and clear. When I’m drinking lots of water, eating healthy foods and breaking a sweat every single day, I’m just a better version of myself.  I’m also a happier, saner person when the space around me is clean and clear too.


Working in a small studio, the thing I struggle with THE MOST is finding a clean/clear space to work on.  Any time I start a project, I end up with every possible inch of space FULL and overflowing.  It didn’t used to be like that – I used to have a place for everything and always returned every little thing to its place when I was finished with it.  Over my years of creating, my places for every little thing have become a little convoluted.  I’ve been working hard to remedy that!

First up was a drawer that I completely loved for its content, but NOT for the way it looked – the washi tape drawer!  I wish I had a before photo – this drawer was just a jumble of tapes, all thrown in, with no rhyme or reason and inclusive of EVERY tape I’ve ever bought.  So the drawer was overflowing and I rarely even opened it because I knew I wouldn’t find what I wanted and would just make a mess trying (heck, the ones I wanted where probably out someplace anyhow)! I started by taking everything out of the drawer.  Then I grabbed some little office supply organizing containers and began adding back only the tapes I truly loved.  I held each and every tape in my hand and pictured using it – if I couldn’t imagine using it or didn’t feel a strong sense of affection for it, out it went!  And now I have this…


Organized by color and pared down to a manageable number of tapes I will actually use! :)

Next up was stencils!  I’ve been collecting for years – REALLY ramped up when the Gelli® plates came out and could probably have said I owned well over 200 stencils when I started this cleanup.  On good days, they would be organized neatly in their original cellophane packaging (so I could remember the name & manufacturer) – on most days, however, they were just thrown in.  I went through the same process with the stencils that I did on the tapes – held each one, considered whether I (or my students) would miss it terribly and acted accordingly!

As far as how to store, I’ve been looking at a lot of different ideas over the last year or so.  I had some basic criteria in mind…

  1. had to be easy to get stencils in and out and easy to flip through and see them all
  2. had to have a way to note the stencil name and product info, so that I can share that with my students in classes
  3. needed some level of portability – so I could a) take them with me to classes and b) move them out of sight & mind when I’m working on other things.

As I was wandering the aisles of my local office supply store, I ran across a stack of legal-sized milk crates and my lightbulb went off.  I bought two, one to store tissue paper in (formerly stored in a box under my desk) and a second for stencils.  I can stack the stencil box on top of the tissue paper box, keeping the paper close but not in the way, lifting the stencil box to a better height for me to reach when I’m printing, and still having the whole thing low enough to fit under my table when not in use…


Then I got a box of legal-sized file folders, which were too short, BUT I refolded them so that the back was taller than the front, reinforcing the original fold with duct tape and making them plenty tall enough for 12×12 stencils.  I can write the stencil info on the folder tabs, flip thru everything easily, and (a bonus) even drop in wet stencils because the folder will lay open and allow them to dry…


Unfortunately, I have now pooped out on this project and still have a gazillion little stencils to deal with.  I’m thinking of getting the j-hooks mentioned in Stencil Girl’s recent storage video and hanging those little ones in some fashion – maybe a line or rod stretched across my big window or under the table.  Not sure, but will share if/when I work that out!

Lots of other clearing has occurred…

  1. I had two big drawers full of glues and other artist mediums – went through and pitched what I didn’t need or had multiples of and condensed that down to ONE drawer!  New rule is – if a new item doesn’t fit in the designated drawer, something has to go to make room!!
  2. I moved things I wasn’t using regularly out of the studio to other storage in the house.  I have a number of such areas, which I call “art annexes” and will share a little more about those in another post.
  3. Went through lots of drawers full of things I’d collected over the years and narrowed everything down to only what I truly love – a whole box of scrap paper that I haven’t opened in over a year – gone; a whole jar of beads that hadn’t been touched in years – gone; rubber stamps I haven’t touched or used for one project then forgot – outta here!; drawers that had collected junk and become unmanageable – now clean and uncluttered; duplicate supplies – donated.
  4. CEASING my habit of keeping something “just-in-case.”  Let me tell you, just-in-case is never a good reason to keep something – it is a disaster in the making.  It’s true that as soon as you throw away a just-in-case item, you will need/want it; however, the cumulative affect of keeping ALL those just-in-cases will bury you.  Just don’t do that to yourself! :)

The biggest thing now is to not return to that state of crazed clutter.  That’s the tricky part and the part that will take me some willpower and determination.  One of my BIG revelations is that I am an impulse buyer when it comes to art supplies – I see something new, interesting or sparkly and I get it without thought for how I’ll use it, just thinking I surely WILL use it (since it’s so new, interesting or sparkly)!  Or I go out and buy EVERY ITEM suggested for a new online class, even though I may have a perfectly viable substitute in my stash already.  Much of the time I think those substitutes will be just fine and I am determined to use what I have going forward – both for classes I take and for classes I teach.

“As I unclutter my life, I free myself to answer the callings of my soul.”
~Dr. Wayne Dyer


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100 Books Journey – Book 33

As I mentioned last post, I’ve been on an organizing kick.  I’ve been making some fantastic progress and am dying to share some of my tips/aha! moments… the trouble is, I’ve been focusing pretty heavily that last week or so on organizing my stencils and I’m losing steam. I’ve started on the little ones (like Balzer Bits, 6×6 stencils and the Dina Wakely ones that are about 6×8) and they are slowing me down. A lot. Suffice to say, I am procrastinating. Which, in my world, usually means a new book or three!


I recently got a copy of Keith Smith’s Non-Adhesive Binding, Vol. 2: 1- 2- & 3-Section Sewings and have been having some fun experimenting with 1 and 2 section paperback books, featuring some of my marbled papers. Book 33/100 is one of the first book form’s in Mr. Smith’s book, Dot-Dash Sewing (aka “the machine stitch”).


This stitch acts just like the stitch on a sewing machine, with a top thread that is basically just a long straight piece of thread and a bottom thread, inside the book, that slips out of each sewing station, over the top thread and back inside. I had a little fun with thread colors, using a bright yellow for the top thread and a denim blue for the bottom – both of which compliment the marbled cover quite nicely, if I do say so myself! :)


There are some hints of turquoise in the marbling too, so I covered the inside with a turquoise Canson Mi Tientes paper (love that stuff!!). The book is filled with 90lb mixed media paper.


I have to admit that this marbled piece was one I’d relegated to a discard/do-over pile, but now that I see it all bound up in a pretty little book, I have a whole new perspective. There was no special pattern involved, just some freestyle swirling through the paint and I’m realizing I need to do a little more of that because it’s FUN and unpredictable and beautiful to boot!

I’ve also been experimenting with trying to create a trimming plough. When papers are stacked together into a signature, they form a little mountain – notice the mountains in the 4-signature book, below-left. Many bookbinders, especially with paperback books, will use a tool called a plough (essentially a horizontal blade with a handle) to trim the edges and make them nice and flat, as you see in the photo on the right…


I found a great video where a binder shows a diy plough he made out of kneadable putty and a blade for a fraction of the cost (traditional ploughs run $200 and up)! It worked pretty well, but I struggled quite a bit with holding everything in place while I cut (picture blocks of wood and clamps – yeah, not so much). Sooooo, I’ve taken another bookbinding plunge and ordered a lying press, which means my 1-2-3 section sewing adventures are sort of on hold til it gets here. :(

Luckily, I get to be shopkeeper for the day tomorrow at My Heart’s Fancy here in Oklahoma City! So I don’t have to go back to stencil organizing just yet. If you’re local and around tomorrow, come see me!! :)

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100 Books Journey – Book 32

I took a few days off from book making to do some clearing and organizing in the studio. I am a pretty devoted packrat and find that a good purge every 6 months or so does me a whole lot of good. It not only clears the clutter but it somehow clears my head too! This time around, I’m being somewhat guided by the book The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Condo. I won’t profess to have read the whole book, but I did grab one major tenet, which is “keep only what you truly love” – along with its partner, bring in only what you truly love. I think this might really BE life-changing if I can keep it up!

In any event, you probably want to see Book 32!


This might not necessarily be what you’d think of as a “book,” but I’ve been thinking a lot about non-traditional book forms as a way of highlighting a body of words – like a poem.


I considered an accordion book, but the folds seemed like interruptions to me, which can problematic with a poem, so I thought, “what if I just left it long and scrolled it around something?!”


I found a thread spool book on Pinterest (a simply gorgeous piece by French paper artist, Diane de Bournazel) and the idea started to take form.


In my cleaning/clearing, I had unearthed many bits and pieces of Gelli® print scraps – thin strips, tiny squares, pieces I’d cut out and not used.


Separately, none of it seemed worth keeping, but then I started thinking about piecing them together. Some cutting, piecing, glueing, taping, sewing and poetry-inscribing later and she was finished! Here’s the little poem, which says a bit about who I am in the world.

“when she grew up,
she wanted to be a melody;
a catchy little ditty constructed
of cedar and strings,
with a touch of birdsong and whispering trees.

the words would be less important
than the rhythm
and meaning
and the potential for dancing.

it would be short and sweet and easy to remember
and when people loved her,
they would be compelled to hum along,
maybe even add harmonies that would carry on the wind.

she would never be an anthem;
it’s just not her way.
she’d be more of a gentle ballad;
one that reminds you just a little
of where you came from,
who you first loved,
what you dream of,
why you are the way you are.”

My organizing continues – tho sort of half-heartedly, as I am now sorely TIRED of cleaning & organizing! :) But I do have a couple of organizing ideas to share in a future post, so hope you’ll stay tuned for that!

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Marbling Madness

Over the years, I’ve explored a number of different printmaking practices – paste paper, monoprinting, relief printing (aka stamp carving).  This spring, I added a new one to my toolkit – the ancient Turkish art form of paper marbling.  I took a truly fantastic and soul-full online class with artist, Barb Skoog, called Clouds on Water.  Barb is a passionate marbler who is equally passionate about teaching others to marble – very generous, very knowledgeable, very encouraging and supportive of every student.  The class was well and truly worth every penny and every moment spent.  I learned a ton and thought I’d take a moment to share some of my favorite pieces.


My first round of printing focused on simple patterns – stones, boulders and gelgit.


One of the first things I discovered and fell in love with about marbling is that the colors never mix in the tank – as you add new colors, the ones you’ve already thrown move or compress and everything shows, which means no mud – no worries about mixing the “wrong” colors – it’s all play and experimentation and that’s just cathartic for me!


I also loved moving the paint around with combs and rakes to create patterns.  I’m certainly no master at it, but I love every little nuance – grainy paints, wonky patterns, air bubbles – I don’t care!  Every one is beautiful in some way.  Barb shares a TON of patterns in the class and I worked through every single one, time after time, until I got it right.  I still have a lot of practicing to do – maybe that’ll be my next 100 journey! 😉


The BIG revelation for me was over-marbling!  The idea was to take marbled prints you didn’t like and marble on top.  I did some of that and loved it, but what really stole my heart was over-marbling on Gelli® prints!  Several of those shown above were on top of leaf prints – beautiful in their own right, but even more lovely with the marbling on top!  LOTS of books are getting made out of these babies (and lots more Gelli® print over-marbling is in my future)!!


I love marbling so much, I’m even rearranging the studio (yet again) to make room for it to be a permanent part of my art life!  Cleaning, clearing, making space for something new – I sometimes wonder if I’ll ever be finished with that, ever settle on a firm set of art practices?  Perhaps not – and I’m okay with that!

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100 Books Journey – Book 31


Spent a rainy day this week making book #31!! I have to just repeat part of that sentence – a rainy day – in July – in Oklahoma! I’m not sure I remember any of those in my many years, but it sure was awesome! I went for a long walk (yes, in the rain), sipped some tea, and completed another fun little book, inspired by Alisa Golden.

The book is covered with another marbled piece – this one in Bouquet. It probably isn’t the best representation of the pattern, but I loved the combination of colors (teal, cerulean, raspberry and copper) and decided to go for it!


The book is small, just 4.5″ tall by 2.75″ wide and I’ve made a simple little book strap out of scraps from the marbled paper and my end paper (which was a Raspberry colored Canson Mi-Tientes). The book is bound with an accordion, to which I’ve attached saved fortunes (like in Alisa’s book).


I’d seen this book some time back, but didn’t really get excited about it until I started digging through the drawer where I throw all my saved fortunes – mostly from fortune cookies, but also quite a few from Yogi Tea.


Those Yogi Tea ones really got me thinking about alterations to Alisa’s design because I wanted to include them somehow. I decided to create covers that opened vertically…


…and I stitched the Yogi Tea fortunes to my end papers before glueing them down, which gives them sort of a flag feel too!

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The cookie fortunes are attached to the accordion in such a way that they fan out when the book is fully open and you can see them all at once. I love that!!


My only regret with this little guy is that I spent some time painstakingly arranging the fortunes into what felt like poetic groups – the problem was I grouped them vertically. Since we read horizontally, left to right, the finished result doesn’t quite capture that poetic feel I’d hoped for – here’s one of my groupings…

You are talented in
many ways.

You were born with a “sixth
sense” and superb insight.

You have a heart of gold.

Love is a present that can be
given every single day you live.

If you continually give you
will continually have.

 Still, it’s a fun little book and, if you’re like me, and have a drawer full of fortunes, it’s a great way to collect and showcase them.


Going back through all of these fortunes I’ve collected over the years was really kind of a review of my journey through life. The ones I’ve kept really seem to tell a consistent story about where I’ve come from and where I’m headed – things like being healthy, happy, and honoring my own worth. I’ve been following Liz Lamaroux’s Inner Excavate-Along and I sort of feel like this was a once stop excavation! I feel really fortunate (pardon the pun) that I had collected so many. This will be a great little book to keep as a reminder of all the blessings in my life!

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100 Books Journey – Books 26 thru 30

Back in April, I ran across an opportunity to take a short little class on paper marbling with artist, Kerri Shadid, this year’s artist-in-residence at the Oklahoma City Skirvin-Hilton.  It was a truly awe-inspiring experience and I came straight home and tried to duplicate what I’d learned with very mediocre results.  Just as I was beginning to despair, along came Barb Skoog’s online class, Clouds on Water!  Barb brought it all together in the most lovely way and I just soaked up every second of that learning, marbling every possible minute I could and cranking out page after page of beautiful marbled papers.  THAT is when the real fun started!  This next set of five books were all created using papers I made in Barb’s class.

26/100: This was the first of my marbled books.  I used a Bouquet-patterned paper and stitched the book up long-stitch style.  Nothing new or fancy on this one – well, except for that cover! :)  The book is 4.5″ x 7″ and is filled with 140lb watercolor paper.


27/100:  This was the next one and, of the two, it is most definitely my favorite!  The marbling on this one started with a Gelli® print I made using leaves from outside (if you look closely, you can see the veining of the leaves), then I over-marbled in stone using darker greens, teal and a copper color that just about put me over the moon!!  I varied my long-stitch lengths on this one and finished the header and footer with chain stitch (book is same size and content as 26/100).


28/100:  This one started with a vibrant red Flame-patterned print – oh my, those bits of teal and green peaking through really (REALLY) make me happy!  I did a paired needle coptic on this, but then added a fifth row of stitching across the center and embellished it with teal beads.  Once again, filled this one with watercolor paper (five signatures of three sheets each).


29/100:  The cover on this next book is American pattern in shades of gray, blue and teal.  I lined the inside with gray Canson Mi Tientes (just yummy) and filled it with 14 sheets of  90lb multi-media paper.  The whole thing is stitched with gray thread in a basic five-hole pamphlet.


30/100:  This last book has been a true labor of love over the last several days.  I was originally inspired by Alisa Golden’s Miniature Tied Binding in Making Handmade Books (shown here); BUT, my kitties have an irrational appetite for string and I knew that if I left this book with many dangly strings, as Alisa created it, I’d be in trouble!  So, I added beads to the strings at the header and footer and snipped them short.  I also stitched pairs of signatures together at the center, to add stability, and I added beads to those hanging strings as well.  Inside the book, each of the signatures has been sewn across the bottom, with varying stitches and shades of blue thread, then I’ve tacked each signature on the upper right side to create pockets, perfectly sized for cards or mixed media art tags, as shown. I think my favorite kind of book is the kind that tells me how it wants to be made – ideas that follow perceived “mistakes” and result in something unique and fun!   :)

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And that, my friends, finally catches me up!  I have no more books to show at this time – but I do have several book ideas in mind, so stay tuned.  I will be posting new books as they are completed – only 70 more to go!!!  Thank you for following along on this little series – I’d love to hear from you, if you have a jiffy to say hello!

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