Friday, July 1, 2011

Making Books

Our Fiber Junkies Group met today at my house for a book making adventure. Our very own Carol Sloan, master book maker felt we needed 2 sessions - the first one happened today. After a quick cup of coffee and catch up conversation, it was time to dive in. We found ourselves surrounded by laces, trims, paper and fabric, photos and imagery - a feast for the creative soul. Carol brought several of her beautiful books to show and inspire us  - so many ideas. This is one of Carols books made with heavy upholstery fabric and beautiful imagery.
The inside pages were gorgeous and interesting with collaged items and hand stitching.
Carol taught us about signatures - a group of paper, folder together to make a little booklet, sharing the same spine. There are many signatures next to each other in a book. In Carol's books, she separates the signatures with interesting things such as doilies, vintage hankies and other neat stuff. I've been holding onto my mom's vintage hankies for such a long time; what a perfect time to use them.

A wonderful collage which can be used anywhere in the book.
And lovely paper can be left as is or used to mount a photo or a background for writing.

We worked on our books doing the back, front and spine in one long piece. Mary and I did the same theme in hopes of being able to give this to a grandchild someday.
This is Patsy's and it looks like a Patsy - it was beautiful with such wonderful stitching.
Val is working on her background and preparing it for some beautiful imagery.
The picture on the right is Vals choice. The patchwork on the left is a sample Carol brought to show us; If you have bits and pieces of a vintage quilt which is beyond hope, this is a wonderful place to use it.

It was a great day and can't wait to see what comes next. We have to wait a month but we have homework in between - working on the papers and things to use between the signatures. Know they will all be so individual reflecting our own personalities.

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