I'm learning things as I sail along down the amateur bookbinding stream. The hefty Los Angeles phone book can double as a hole-punching cradle. It's also useful as a sewing station. I scotchtaped the cords to the phonebook to hold in place while I sewed. I feel like an idiot savant!
Late September in Los Angeles. A warm, late summer day was the perfect backdrop to make another tall skinny practice book. This time I tried sewing cords over the signatures. I used Cover to Cover for the instructions, but only because I happened to have it on my bookshelf.
With the air conditioning buzzing pleasantly in the background and Charles Osgood keeping me company, I folded, pierced, and stitched. I was dizzy with excitement as it began to come together. The sewing wasn't hard at all, but the needle I'm using is slightly tearing and expanding the holes because the eye is much larger than the point.
I'm aware that using a fuscia sharpie isn't the best instrument to use for marking the holes. Let's face it, my ratio of idiot to savant is unequal.
I paddle onward. Up the stream. What I lack in skill I make up for in enthusiasm.
I'll try not to be too pleased with my efforts, but quite frankly it will be difficult.
Here are the directions I used should you decide to join me in your next visual journal construction. Tonight while I watch Joan Allen & Jeremy Irons (sigh) in Georgia O'Keefe I think I'll sew up another practice book with sewn-on paper tapes.