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Off to Port Townsend for the Brass Screw Confederacy Steampunk Con

I’m off tomorrow to vend at the Steampunk con in Port Townsend.  I haven’t been there before, but I’ve heard good things about it.  I hope to meet some new people there.

The following two Saturdays, I will be at the Georgetown Trailer Park Market.  I enjoyed my time there in May.  I’m looking forward to returning.

What I will have at booth #9:

  • Over 150 book journals, each one is unique.
  • Card Notebooks made from magician cards
  • Free Bookmarks
  • Book Pom Poms
  • Comic book magnets
  • Lore Bit Magnets

If you are in Port Townsend this weekend, stop by the American Legion hall and say hi!

This week I also launched a kickstarter to raise money for book binding tools and education.  I’m looking to expand the types of journals that I make.  There are so many traditions in bookbinding, it’s time that I took a few classes to expand the selection.  Sure I know that youtube has dozens of videos on the subject, but it would be nice to be taught the right way.

The stitched journals can be assembled any number of ways, so it will take some experimenting with glues, papers, chip board and book cover cloth to be sure I have a quality product.

In addition, I’m interested in tea staining book pages.  But I want to make sure that tea stains are permanent and don’t run if someone gets the journal damp.  I know, I know, it never rains here in seattle, so I don’t have to worry about that.  But perhaps they will accidently drop a glass of water on it.  It never hurts to be prepared.

Since I will be assembling signatures, I need to know what type of thread I should use.  I’ve heard, dental floss, non-waxed, normal thread, furniture thread and definitely use waxed thread.

I haven’t used the PVC glue (okay, so I’ve used elmer’s, but not the specific glue that book binders use.) I need to know when and where to apply it.  Some helpful tricks on how to get it on the book and not on my hands.  I’m the type of cook that ends up with cookie dough on their hands after baking cookies.  Steve always wipes down the fridge door after I bake.  Predictable, but he loves the cookies. 🙂

At bottom is a few seconds from The Cure Concert in Portland in 2016.  We were sitting down towards the end of the concert.  And yes, yes he did wear the hat the entire concert.