I get tons of questions on weekly basis about my work, bookbinding in general, and about a wide variety of bookbinding problems. I don’t always have the time to answer all questions, at least not as thoroughly as I’d like, so I’ve decided to have these Instagram Office Hours every now and then. This way the questions and answers are helpful to a wider audience than the private correspondences. The last office hour session was a success, and today I’m once again answering (or trying to answer) your questions all day long. And since the vast majority of you live on a different time zone from me, I’m making all day last long as long as possible – I’m answering all questions asked before I wake up tomorrow morning. So, no, I won’t be answering all questions real time, but I’ll probably check Instagram obsessively for most of the day, and finish the rest tomorrow. Your questions may have already been answered, so I’d appreciate it if you checked out these two posts where I address some common issues: 7 tips for more professional looking handmade books and Tips and resources for beginner bookbinders.
I’m also offering two lucky bookbinders (beginner/intermediate level) the opportunity get some one-on-one feedback and tutoring on Instagram. So if you want me to look at your book photos and give you personalised, actionable feedback based on your work, follow me on Instagram and stay tuned! More info about how to apply on Instagram on Monday!
One of my favourite things about the holiday season is that I get to fold tons of origami stars. It’s absolutely addictive – even my dear V wants to help make them!
Even if you don’t plan to have a Christmas tree, you can get all Christmassy by hanging some origami star ornaments on an ilex branch.
This year I added a new origami star ornament design to the Paperiaarre shop. These 8-pointed stars also come in packs of three – either with or without text. The ones without have page numbers or other minimal markings. For some reason I’m partial to the ones with page numbers.
See how nice they look in their vellum paper packages! They also happen to fit into any envelope, so why not surprise a faraway friend with a special holiday treat!
While on a roll, I also made some really big stars for a local holiday market. The regular sized version of this star is available in my shop. And just because I could, I also made some tiny stars (below).
Also just back in stock: large long stitch sketchbooks for mixed media. They are now slightly larger and have more pages (32!) than before, but they’re still perfect for painting, drawing, collage, etc. The covers are made out of heavy weight watercolour paper, so you can treat the book as your blank canvas from cover to cover.
Later this week I’ll be adding to my shop some small landscape format sketchbooks with watercolour paper pages and book cloth covers. I’m forecasting a lovely Christmas for you artsy people!
I can’t wait for one special girl to arrive in the world. She’s almost here and I’m so happy she’s coming. So I made her a quilt…
and some gauze muslin cloths…
Another friend crafting for this baby put it well: “Some babies are too rock for basic baby blankets”. Somehow I know this baby is going to grow up awesome (like all my friends’ babies, of course). The contrasting colours on this quilt should be fun for the baby even when she’s still tiny, and I doubt the parents mind my colour choices either!
PS. In case you’re interested, the fabrics I used on the quilt are mostly from the following collections (and bought with my own money – no paid ads here):