Monday, 26 September 2011

More Books

I've been a little obsessed over the weekend with making more samples of these little folding books with bonded covers.


Some have real leaves painted, bonded and trapped under chiffon on a paper background.


Others have skeleton leaves instead.


All are machine stitched with free machining and tied with braids made to match.


But as I've been making them I've had an increasing desire to make them smaller.
Precious little books that fit into your hand.


And I've experimented with the folded pages so that this one has thirty two little folded sections made from a single sheet of A3 paper.


It has a lovely solid compact feeling...
So now I want to go even smaller and see just how small I can make these books and how many folded pages I can include.


But I can't... I mustn't...
Tomorrow is the first day at University for my MA, followed by a day up in Norwich and then two days teaching. After the weekend I'm driving down to Cornwall for the week (more teaching) and then back for another three days teaching and a day filming. Somehow I have to fit in studying and family stuff as two sons have birthdays during the next couple of weeks so there will be special dinners and cakes... so no time to be fiddling about making little books.

I shouldn't even be on here blogging...  unless of course I finish another little book!

28 comments:

  1. the books look really lovley. I really enjoyed the class.

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  2. Very cute Gina -- they would definitely be hard to resist. Good Luck with your busy weeks ahead!

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  3. Gorgeous books Gina. Particularly love the pink one with the veins in the leaves. I can easily see why you're becoming obsessed with making these. All the very best for tomorrow. It pales besides yours but I'm starting an evening drawing/painting class tomoz and I can't wait.

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  4. You must have 'time management' off to a fine art! I can hardly believe you folded an A3 sheet that small, well done!
    Enjoy everything that you manage to cram into our life, I expect we'll see you again sometime...

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  5. Gorgeous books!
    best, Annie - the Netherlands

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  6. These are lovely little books, and I can think of several uses for them. They are so unique and would make excellent gifts. Making them could become an obsession :) Smaller? I'm eagerly awaiting the results.

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  7. i, too, love little books, but how many can you put into one purse.

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  8. Your books are exquisite. Hope you manage to fit everything in to your hectic schedule! I need to go lay down just reading that. penny

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  9. The books are beautiful, really lovely. Wish you had a shop, I'd buy one from you :)

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  10. Beautiful books! Isn't there some sort of mathematical limit to how many folds you can do with one piece of paper?!

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  11. You'll have to reward yourself with another book making session when you have attended to all more pressing commitments. These really are lovely books - each one is a treasure, and there is something special about little ones. Good luck with everything - it makes me tired just reading about it!

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  12. Beautiful little books, Gina - no wonder you're desperate to make more of them!

    Sounds like you're going to be madly busy again. I have no idea how you fit it all in!

    xx

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  13. Love all the books but especially the mini one, with all those folded pages. Best of luck on your MA, hope you have an enjoyable time. Certainly not enough hours in a day, or days in a week!

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  14. BEAUTIFUL little books, just stunning.

    Life sounds so very busy for you right now!

    x

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  15. These books are a delight. I am another one left wondering how on earth you got so many folds out of an A3 sheet. Good luck on your MA and don't reply to this comment - its just another thing to do and your list seems to be growing by the minute!

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  16. Clever! like how you've folded those pages - I think I'll have to ask for tutorial.

    Celia
    x

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  17. Good luck with you degree, I hope it all works out.
    Little books, how cute are they. I think I will have to have a go at them.

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  18. love the books - they look really good - good luck with the MA and enjoy Cornwall even though it is work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  19. Lovely little books! And good luck with your MA :)

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  20. I'm worn out just reading your post! And you've signed up for Creative Sketchbooks - something's got to give... but those little books, I'm sure they're just your way of relaxing :)

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  21. Fancy a small book swap? Come on... you can fit it in.... after all, you are turbo charged aren't you?.... or perhaps you're on drugs!... nah, just high on life I think Gina and long may it continue. Enjoy your MA and everything else coming at you over the next few weeks.

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  22. They are all wonderful - I love the leaves.

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  23. Best wishes for your uni course Gina! :)
    Vivienne x

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  24. Oh they're so beautiful Gina. I especially love the gingko one.

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