Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Blizzard Books

More folded structures for this week's book making classes, including one of my favourite folded books - the "blizzard book" or "crown binding"

I never tire of this clever construction devised by Hedi Kyle.

I love that from a single sheet of paper you can fold such a strong structure, that can stand alone as a book, yet can also have pages inserted and various covers added. If you want to know how to make one of these books, I posted a tutorial a couple of years ago.

Of course, as I was making these samples for my classes it wasn't long before I started to wonder how small I could make one of these blizzard books... 

And so the next little matchbox book on my list... a lace book... just happens to be a very tiny blizzard book.

And inside each of the folds is a tiny sample of lace from my collection of bits and bobs.

Nearly everyone who has received one of these books comments on how they are taken by surprise at how small they actually are... despite the fact that we all know the size of a small matchbox. Even a close up with my thumb doesn't really give a sense of the scale.

I admit I was really pleased with this book, so it made it very difficult to come up with an idea for a second lace book.

But this little one with folded pockets seem to have fitted the bill

And has let me include more little samples of lace inside its pockets

And the final book I finished this weekend has been another bird themed book

I rather like these little sleeves for keeping the books shut so they are appearing a lot.

And just because I like the structure so much... another blizzard book too.

I hope the recipients like them too!


  1. They are beautiful Gina. I have never tried making books but you have set me thinking :)

  2. The crown binding book is amazing and they are all exquisite and quite mind boggling to me.

  3. I'm sure the recipients will be delighted with them. :)
    Such a clever way of making a little book!
    The birdie paper is very sweet!
    Vivienne x

  4. Those are beautiful Gina. My sister loved her triathlete's book, thank youagain

  5. The final book? Have you finished all of them already??? Wow! I especially love that little birdy book!

  6. Those little books are simply stunning, of course the recipients will love them!

  7. I recognise that lace fabric! Works just as well on smaller books. These all look fabulous and I've no doubt they will be welcomed by the recipients. I haven't made a crown book for ages but if I refresh my memory with one it certainly won't be as small and delicate as yours! That lace one is beautifully crafted Gina. I love them all.

  8. Such exquisite beauty, especially the lace one. I'm going to take a look at your tutorial, I must try this!

  9. woo hoo - cannot wait Gina. i must admit I had a go at making a blizzard book when I first saw it on your book - really enjoyed it.

  10. What's NOT to like? I posted about the one you made for me and whilst linking back to you I looked at all the ones so far and it is a lovely, varied collection. Nothing prepares you for how small they are even though you know they are contained in Matchboxes. Looking forward to seeing more of them.

  11. without a doubt they will love them - they are such perfectly tiny works of art!

  12. I'm sure everyone loves their books!! I certainly do, particularly the lace ones. The blizzard book is fun, I've made a couple since Tuesday.

  13. nice idea.. thanks for posting..


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