After some time away visiting my daughter for the holidays in Texas -- my first ever trip to the Lone Star State! -- I came home and made another limp leather journal. I really enjoy making these. The leather is from the Durham Scrap Exchange and the paste paper lining is my own. Text paper is Nideggen.
To the great pleasure of her family, my 92 year old mother-in-law is a very active email correspondent. Her emails are extra fun to read because she just taps along on her ipad and never reviews or corrects, leaving a message strewn with typos and autocorrect clangers. I have taken some of the more charming autocorrects and paired them with public domain images from the NY Public Library (What an extraordinary resource!) to create this new series of little blank books. My own paste paper. Key: short Mage was supposed to be "shortage" / years Cato, "years ago" / we haven't figures out small kvetch -- the best guess is "smart alecs."
In October, I attended a workshop led by Karen Hanmer, a wonderful book artist and a fine teacher. The two days were long and the learning was intense, but the other participants were fun, interesting and kind to a relative newcomer to bookbinding. Notably, this was my first experience of paring leather. While the book I completed is far from perfect, I am pleased with it as a first effort.
The leather for these journals came from the Durham Scrap Exchange. (I think the blue/green ones used to be a couch!) The triple chain sewing is presented in Keith Smith's Non-Adhesive Binding, volume II. The printed lining paper was wrapped around a purchase from the gift shop in the Louvre. The paste papers are my own. Text paper is Nideggan.