spines

Almost. I just finished pasting down the endpapers on these books. I will be listing these on Etsy early next week once they’re all dry and ready to be photographed. My new favourite things (hopefully not for long, I have some other great things in the making too!), coptic bound notebooks with linen spines.

A busy day. No more working tonight, just relaxing with V and friends.

Matchbox Monday

(tissue paper, cardboard, buttons, linen thread, text from a vintage dictionary)
Back to one of my favourite things to make. I didn’t want my Letters to you -project to end, so I found a new way to keep it alive and keep myself creating even at the busiest times. Matchbox Monday. Every Monday you can expect to find a new matchbox here on the blog, and also on Etsy (unless it’s a matchbox made especially for someone). The letter writing part of the project isn’t gone even though this first one only includes a few words. This one is for sale here.
Mrs., Mrs ! Growing up. They call me Mrs, they address me formally. I remember when I got a wicker basket full of sewing equipment and supplies as a gift from my mother. I don’t know how old I was, probably not much over ten, if even that. But I remember how one thing felt more special than anything else. There was a felt covered tin box that had buttons inside it. It wasn’t full, but there were many buttons I recognized from my mom’s button stash. Previously I had played with buttons that belonged to my mom or to my grandmothers, but now I had a button stash of my own, a place where I would put all the spare buttons and the treasure buttons that were mine. That was a serious growing up moment to me. (And no, I don’t think I ever used any of the buttons that were inside the box when I got it. They were simply too precious, and maybe a bit too flowery too!)

breathing, steady.

Choosing the colours is always the most difficult part. I’d like to have some more greens and oranges in my linen stash, but the big fabric store I usually buy my linen fabrics from is moving and almost everything is packaged and out of my reach until mid-august. I did manage to find a lovely gray that I will definitely be using in my new books. I’m currently making some two colour coptic bindings with a little twist to what you’re used to seeing. Very minimalistic. And more durable than the basic coptic binding without compromising the super easy to open feel they have. This is one of those things I’ve been meaning to try for ages, but for some reason thought wouldn’t work using linen. I’m happy I was wrong on that one, the new books are beautiful.

The first cool day in weeks. It was lovely to wrap myself up in a huge cardigan and walk the windy streets alone, somehow separate from the world for a moment.

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