It’s been a fun summer. I’ve met a lot of great people at the Wallingford Farmers Market, the Madrona Farmers Market, Fremont Solstice Fair, Magnolia Summer Fest, Urban Craft Uprising events, and Oddmall. After such a whirlwind of sunny events I turn my eyes to fall and to the 2017 Holiday season.
Then I got some fantastic news. I’ve been accepted into the Pike Place Market as a daystall vendor. Quite unexpected since this was the first year that I had applied and I was accepted. I feel so fortunate.
So now you can catch my book journals at the Pike Place Market at least once a week.
I’m interested in making my own book cloth. I’m collecting some of the methods for y’all here that I’m finding.
Book cloth is used for attaching cloth to books. The basic parts of it are: cloth, glue/or adhesive and a tissue paper backing. There are any number of ways to do it.
Why do you want to attach paper to the fabric? It makes the fabric more stable, it might stretch poorly when glued directly onto a book board. In addition, when directly gluing the fabric on to the book board, glue can seep out of the fabric.
You will need either flat glass or plexiglass to dry the fabric on. My suggestion is plexiglass, because it is less breakable. Glass might show the underside of the fabric so you can check for glue/paste seepage.
PVA glue/Wheat paste/ Fabric Fusing
Sharp scissors to cut the fabric.
Plexiglass/or glass to provide a flat surface.
Patience and time.
Clean and roomy work table.
Fabric fusing? An iron and flat ironing surface.
Fabric with a tight weave, to prevent seepage.
Natural fabric is best.
Tissue paper, japanese paper, or other light weight paper.
This method by Erica Munoz involves book glue, fabric and japanese paper. It goes over using a gluing station, which I’ve found essential for bookbinding.
This method by Sea Lemon on Youtube involves using a fabric backing to attach the paper to fabric. This is a little bit less intense than rolling on glue and making sure it’s just the write amount as the previous method. If you aren’t comfortable using a fabric stiffener or interface, this might be an issue. It’s also not a traditional book binding method, but it gets the job done.
This method by Big Jump Press, starts off by making your own wheat paste. She focuses on the traditional Japanese book binding methods and paper. I’d practice the wheat paste method until that was right before starting on gluing the paper to the cloth. Like the other bloggers, she uses fat quarters from the fabric store.
This blog by Daniel and Karleigh goes over some the differences in the book binding cloth. How library book cloth is treated to make it better vs. using quilting fabric. Make sure you read the comment section as well.
It’s a few days before the holidays and I’m starting to reflect on everything that has happened during the year. It’s been a fast and furious year! I’ve been binding books and notebooks just about every free second that I have.
I started showing at the Fremont Sunday Market, Urban Craft Uprising, Oddmall and so many other craft markets. (Bellingham Steampunk, Emerald Downs Gift Fair, a Very Vintage Market and more.)
Now I’m sitting down to plan for next year. I have some new binding equipment on the way so that I do that magic that I do a little more efficiently. 🙂
My first stop this January will be Rusty Con in Seattle. I look forward to spending time there and meeting more people. I have more than a few applications out to craft fairs this spring.
I had so much fun this interacting with all other craft fair vendors. I look forward to seeing them again this year.
Commonplace books were ways of keeping knowledge or compiling information on a particular subject. Today, we might consider a Pinterest page a commonplace book. The use of commonplace books dates back to the dawn of books. Printing books also made it more accessible for people. Many scientists and writers have used them over the years to keep track of common knowledge.
The below example of a crochet pattern common place book. It’s believed that it dates from about 1915 to the 1950’s. It is made from a old legal book with a strong binding. However, it’s been used so much over the years, the spine has fallen off and is taped together. The tape has also disintegrated over the years. However, the remaining binding and signatures appear to be in good health. It is from a private family collection.
Inside the front cover are some cutouts from advertisements, the creator’s picture and other personal papers.
There are patterns for various crochet patterns. There appear to be hundreds of patterns. According to the family, the family home was filled with doilies, embellished pillows and other crocheted items. Not only was this a wish list, it was a working commonplace book.
There are also hints of other items that she was interested in. This newspaper was also included. It is frail, so I didn’t open it up to see what was saved.
We are super excited to be at the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall this weekend. (May 14th & 15th 2016). The market features vintage and upcycled products. They also have long term vendors in vintage trailers!
In an old social studies book, I found a photocopy of 1972 Newspaper article about banks switching to ACH Clearinghouse payments.
ACH payments are still used today between banks. They bundle up a large number of transactions and then send the net amount to the other bank. They also email/transmit a list of transactions for that amount.
It’s not quite the same thing as debit and credit transactions flying around via merchant services. However, there is a pretty good chance your payroll is transmitted to your bank account via ACH.
A reading or book journal can be a great way to record your thoughts and progress on reading books. Book clubs and other get togethers can be a fantastic way to interact with people about the same books, as well. Here are a few tips:
I have a journal that I use exclusively for book reviews, thoughts, and goals for future readings. I find that it helps to centralize my thoughts into one location. (Of course, I love making journals, so I have about five that I write in each week!)
Record the date, the title and the page number at the top.
I like to chat about what is going on as I’m reading the book. Am I on vacation? Did I just have another Kickstarter campaign? What volunteer work am I doing at the time? I find that my current projects sometimes color the book that I’m reviewing.
Discuss the book themes and main characters. Did you like them as people? One of the current themes that I’m not liking is the bad things happen to women and then they go all karate/judo and get revenge. Is it a trope that bad things happen and then women need to be rescued or get revenge? Perhaps too much video game plotting is seeping into books, just a thought.
Talk about where the novel is located. Is it in space, Earth, or in a mine? Was the world building appropriate? I remember a romance that I read many, many years ago where it was located in a city where I had spent much time there. (Port Townsend) The location seemed like a generic small town and not once did they mention the very large tourist/shopping area. This was before the age of google, but couldn’t they at least pick a tourism brochure and make sure that it mentioned a few landmarks? Or even that there is a large fishing fleet harbored there?
How did you acquire the book? Gift, bookstore, book club?
Did you like the resolution? Would have made different choices?
Is it difficult to believe the character could actually do those things? This is a problem in multi book series in science fiction and fantasy. All characters grow during the course of the books, but in those genres, the authors are compelled to give them new abilities and powers that don’t seem reasonable. For instance, a poor magician suddenly finds out that he has magic beans and that he can stop nuclear blasts. A space ship is given a over haul and can suddenly travel to new galaxies overnight. Did the author actually layout a reasonable process for those new powers/abilities?
Was it a predictable read or not? Was that a good thing or not?
Is this a book that you would recommend to others?
Is there anything else that you would add to this list? Your reading journal is about you and the books that you read, make sure that is included in your entries.
I find all sorts of interesting thing while reworking books into book journals.
This mysterious stock quote was found in a Hardy Boys Mystery. Frozen in time, it appears to be from the 1980’s judging by the Holiday Inn stationary it was written on. I like to think a Eastern Washington business person was watching a stock quote show while reading his/her trusty Hardy Boy’s mystery from the 1960s. Hopefully they remembered to buy the stock!
This extensive note was found in a copy of The House at Pooh Corner. I love that it talks about philosophy and why studying it can lead to understanding your fellow man. Safely tucked in a children’s book that is also about philosophy and how to be a better person. 🙂
What will I find next? I don’t know! I’m looking forward to sharing more notes, notes from the past and funny bits on the blog.
Why should you have a personal writing journal? The reasons can be complex and simple at the same time. A journal can help solidify a thought, call others into question, or be the new step in your life. A journal doesn’t have to be about writing, it could be doodling or drawing your thoughts and perceptions. Today’s art journals are also a stepping tool into the soul of the creator. They can be hand drawn, stencils, or collages. Each one is unique and reflects the heart of the artist or writer that created it. Starting off with a non-mass produced or altered book is a great way to kick off the creative process.
If you are going to create art on a book page, it might be helpful to add gesso or white background page to a book page to create a good background and to stabilize the page. Other’s prep by gluing pages together to create a stable surface.
Part of altering a book means letting go of any mistakes. In real life, I’ve rarely seen an altered book without what the creator would call flaws. On the internet, everything looks perfect and no mistakes are ever made. Letting go of the perfection ideals and creating a unique and flawed altered book is part and parcel of the creative process. Journaling is about acknowledging and giving acceptance to all parts of yourself, just not the perfect ones.
Pinterest and Tumblr are full of perfect journals. They are perfect for those other people. Are you creating a journal for Pinterest or yourself?
I enjoy creating blank canvas’s to launch other people’s creativity. Never mind recreating what I want, explore the process on your own terms and create your own unique journal.
I’ve been busy at working creating blank journals from books lately. It’s an extremely relaxing and engaging task. Find a cool book cover or VHS tape.
Find some cool paper that I would like to see in blank book.
Assemble the book and add a sturdy wire binding.
Paper Butterfly Forge is excited to add recycled books and VHS tape covers to it’s product line up! Keep an eye out for some of our new products on the website! As always we welcome wholesale and bulk orders. Custom Orders are just fine!