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February 21, 2012

So far, in this corner of Somerset at least, February is living up to its old name “Ice-month”. Just the weather to stay indoors and make a book or three! These are for a friend who has asked me to make six notebooks, to be covered with fabric left-over from making Christmas presents for her family. All three are Coptic-sewn to lie flat when open. The bigger one is 10x15cm and the little ones are 10cm square.

On day one I make the book-cloth and leave it to dry overnight; on day two I cover the boards and leave them to dry under pressure, and on day three I make the book block and do the sewing. I usually have music playing while I work. Sheryl Crow accompanied these.

Here are a couple more. I try to make a different stitching pattern on each book, and make a more decorative pattern on the front if it’s not obvious which is the front. I listened to “Highway 61 Revisited” while making these.

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