Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Hand Sewn Bookbinding & Calligraphy
Making beautiful lettering has been a passion of mine for a while.
Writing on fabric, paper, wedding invitations (cannot find a photo of them all for you, sigh), post-it notes, chalk boards, and anything that holds still for too long is something that I picked up about 15 yrs ago when I was learning Copperplate Calligraphy for Baltimore Album quilts.
Wandering around CreativeBug, I ran into some super cool classes on bookbinding by Jody Alexander.
I made the above book after taking her online class on Coptic Bookbinding.
The cover is just a simple art paper in light blue that I decorated with calligraphy after the book was all finished.
I'm using this as a notebook for some of my creative thoughts and classes I've been taking.
One of the other classes she has covers how to make a book cloth out of fabric. My next version will hopefully be covered with Liberty of London fabric, with any luck.
It's been a real adventure for me in learning about paper and glues, including how to make glue from methyl cellulose power. Hint: dumping some powder in cold water is hardly the place to start. Can you say sticky icky goop? Oh yes you can, it's almost Halloween after all.
I have thoughts about making some of these for give-aways since I'm addicted to making them. You get to sew paper! It's almost as much fun as sewing fabric.