case bound book with rounded spine - linen fabric / antique embroidered tablecloth, paper, board, thread, handmade endpapers
104 pages of white heavyweight 120gsm paper suitable for mixed media
15,5x14,1x2 / 6.1"x5.6"x0.8"
This is a book that really took its time. Finishing this last week led to a serious bout of reminiscing that's still lingering. In 2005, or thereabouts, when I was doing my bookbinder's apprenticeship, my darling mother gave me this gorgeous (but horribly torn) little tablecloth embroidered with lilac Art Nouveau flowers so I could make a book out of it. At the time I felt I still needed to work on my skills before taking my scissors to this beautiful piece of cloth, and then it only took me about nine years to get a grip and get it done. I have a love/hate relationship with one of a kind materials - it pretty much breaks my heart that I'll never be able to make another book out of this tablecloth. There is of course the other end still left but it's full of holes and other damage (sometimes I think my family goes by the rule that if an item fits into the washer it's machine washable), so I'd have to get pretty creative if I want to find a use for that section. I'll just have to keep my eyes open in the hopes of finding other damaged treasures in need of saving.
Another thing that took its time this year is Winter. -14°C today, and at last that special cold weather winter light is here, too. We had some snow before Christmas but it was soon gone, and it looked like November until a couple of days ago (November look is a bad thing, wouldn't recommend it to anyone). I'm hoping having more light will lift my spirits and result in more new books. There are some already listed on Etsy but there are more on the way any day now. I'll also be blogging more frequently again now that my winter semi-holiday is over, so I hope to see you here, too, soon!
PS. Take a look at Poppytalk Handmade Online Marketplace where I too have set up my stall until Feb 28th. The company there is pretty damn great, so I'd definitely pay the site a visit if I were you. Ok, bye.