Thursday, August 19, 2010

Artist's Bookmaking, Week 8- Last Class

Well, I can't believe it but my Artist's Bookmaking class is over.
I had so much fun this summer going to this great class every week and coming home with some new skills and a new craft to enjoy.

The last night was devoted to two things: finishing up the box from last week, and quickly learning some additional signature-sewing stitches.

At the top is the completed box that we started last week, laid out flat. It closes into a book shaped thusly:

Mine came out okay. There were some glue-control issues, which you may be able to tell from the spine (I hid the worst side in the box's interior) and some alignment things, too, but I'm sure I'll get better if I keep practicing.

I used commercial bookcloth for this project but I found directions on how to make my own- and I have a whole room full of quilting fabric, fusible web and tissue paper to practice with.

The signature stitching was fun but I've already forgotten the stitches, sadly.

Here's the scrapbook I made for my upcoming trip:

I like the way it came out. Inside it's an accordion book with endpapers that match the cover. I'll fill it with souvenirs and photos when I get back. It'll be a fun way to relive the trip, I'm sure.

I'm going to continue to document my book- and box-crafting over on my craft blog; stop by sometime if you want to see what I'm up to next!