Yesterday I taught a bookmaking class at our Embroiderer's Guild. We were making these books that I shared here a couple of weeks ago... probably one of my favourite book structures but not one I have never taught before. After several trial runs I thought I had it nailed... but I think I may have under estimated how tricky they are!
However, despite having to grapple with mathematical formulae to get the covers the right size and then needing at least two pairs of hands to hold everything in place whilst trying to stitch the thing together, there were several finished books at the end of the day... and a few more that were almost done and taken home to finish. Each and every one of them looked fabulous.
And I just love the way they look together...
With each combination of colours and pattern looking so good
I forgot my camera so these photos were kindly taken by Jill who made the gorgeous blue/pink book on the left in the photo below.
Gill finished hers off at home... a pink book of course! I'm hoping I'll get to see the others that were finished at home too. Thank you ladies... it was a super day and you all did so well.
I managed to use some lovely Italian marbled paper for the cover of the book that I made in class...
I bought it in Florence some years ago and I had been saving it for "best" which I've decided is a silly thing to do... because beautiful things should be enjoyed every day.
So I'll be making more books with this paper.
I made a little one too... because I can't resist making little things!
Just 3" square.
And today has been a rare day off from work and deadlines... instead I've cooked lunch for my family and baked a chocolate fudge cake, we've sat around the table and laughed and relaxed... which has gone a little way to restore the balance... for now at least!