I’ve played with the idea of creating some softcover Coptic bindings this spring, and I wanted to put that idea into action before my summer bookbinding hiatus. And here it is! I made some softcover Coptics while still at school over a decade ago, but they had covers made out of either leather or paper. This here with gold linen covers is a mix between the sewn boards binding variation I do and the Coptic binding. The sewn boards bindings do have more rigid covers than this book, but I adapted some structural aspects of the binding to suit my purposes here.
I love the lightness that comes with soft covers. And using luxurious linen results in a softcover book that doesn’t look cheap at all. It looks simply lovely.
Yet another friendly reminder: This here is the last new book in the shop before September (there’ll be more blog posts before I go, though), and I’m going to gradually close down the shop for the summer by the end of May. Items about to expire will expire, and the couple new mixed media things (watch case necklaces and a small collage tin) will be offered for sale on Instagram only. So if you have a wedding coming up and you’re in need of a guest book or a gift, or if your bullet journal is nearing its final pages, or if you have a feeling you or someone you know might need a new notebook some time during the summer, or if you have an empty spot on your wall in need of art, now would be a great time to act. Thanks so much for all of your support!
Suddenly I’m just trying to tie up loose ends: finish unfinished books, finish tasks with deadlines looming in early May, plan ahead of little collage-y things to make this summer. While other people take a vacation in the summer, or spend as much time as possible at the summer cottage, I’m moving to the big city (Helsinki, that is) for the summer to work on my poetry book. No distractions and a change of scenery is just what the doctor ordered. That means I’ll be taking a long break from bookbinding in a mere few week’s time. Sorry! I hope you’ll stick around to see what I come up with come autumn.
My plan is to create small collages or paper art pieces every now and then, created from a small boxful of supplies I’ll drag with me to my summer home, so this blog won’t end up completely abandoned for the summer. But writing is going to be my priority until September, at least. This isn’t a goodbye post – just a friendly public service announcement well ahead of time. I have yet to decide whether to close down the shop for the summer or simply change processing times to 2-3 weeks and ship when I visit home. But if you want to play safe, stock up!
Among the unfinished project was this vintage lace guest book that had been waiting for me to put it together for a good while, but all it took was a gloomy snowy day in late April for me to take out the needles and finally sew it. This one’s pretty big (16,3x23cm / 6.4″x9.1″) and it has 48 pages of 150gsm paper. Perfect wedding guest book material, I’d say. You can find it for sale here.
I hope the seasons are treating you better wherever you are. Here the spring has stalled, almost decided not to come at all. Yesterday it snowed a lot again and I had to take out my woolly hat from storage… I’m thankful for the daylight, but I’d prefer if it were not filtered by snow falling down.
New books in the shop at last! Amidst the somewhat exhausting whirlwind of more artistic projects and ideas I put together this minimalistic duo of small Coptic bound notebooks with leather spines. I’ve previously only combined the leather spine with tarred paper covers, but as I stumbled upon this beautiful dusty pink linen that matched some leather I had lying around I changed my mind about whether it was alright to use leather and linen in the same book. (Yeah, I have strange rules.)
These books are really lightweight and wonderful to handle, and the pages are rough recycled brown paper that works with many kinds of pens and pencils. As the spines are covered with leather, these books make great travel companions that handle tons more wear and tear than a bare-spined book would.
I have caught a cold that makes it super hard for me to keep my head above my shoulders and myself in upright position, so that’s all for today. I’m heading back to bed to nurse both myself and the new bullet journal ideas I have brewing (should my brain function allow such complicated thoughts).