A couple of small projects done

Bijou Books: The Biscuit 2.0

biscuit books v.2.0

Version 2.0 of the biscuit book is a great improvement on my first attempt at the thing. Coptic binding turned out to be the best binding for these, allowing the biscuit to retain its boxy profile and keeping the biscuit covers nearly flush with the text block.

The covers are double thickness, made of two thin pieces of board. Two boards were covered in a pink polka-dot paper (with the design facing the text block), and were attached to the text block during the coptic binding process. The second pair of boards were covered in felt, stitched into biscuits, and then glued over the first boards, concealing the coptic board attachment stitches.

WIP (biscuit books)

biscuit books v.2.0

The double-layer covers also allowed me to conceal the ends of two lengths of ribbon, used to tie the book closed.

biscuit books v.2.0

I was asked to make these as Christmas presents for the four granddaughters of an elderly lady I work with in the mall. “That’s what they’re getting from Nana this Chrissy: your little cookies, and a packet of sour plums each.”

Hmm…sweet and sour…there’s a secret message for you from Gran in there somewhere, girls.

Miri’s Journal

miri's journal

And, of course, there’s Miri’s journal, which I put together yesterday. By no means perfect, though it came out looking okay, as a book. I am not unhappy with it, anymore, and I hope Miri will like it, too. There’s always the next tagebuch, and the chance to make something different and better, in a few years’ time. She really uses them, Miri, which is why I delight in making them for her. It is the touch of a person’s hands, and a lifetime of being lovingly used, that burnishes and enriches the existence of a piece of craftsmanship.

miri's journal

miri's journal

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47 thoughts on “A couple of small projects done

    1. LOL Thanks! The idea of stitching little felt sweets comes from Japanese craft magazines…they make some amazing stuff, I guess they’re meant to be toys for kids to play tea-time or something…

  1. The best things most definitely come in small packages – the little cookie books are as sweet as pie. I love the way you did the horses mane too (and the whole book in general). Wow, as usual Nat!

  2. I agree with everyone else. The biscuit books are so cool, a smashing success! The journal is lovely, as well. The circles on the spine are very effective.
    best, nadia

  3. Reblogged this on NOOSA NOW and commented:
    I have been making mini books for years and yours are just gorgeous!! You clever thing and I know how much time it takes …. lovely !!!! Inspired me to do some again.

    1. Thank you for the re-post, Chris! After I ironed out the How, making them got easier and I whipped four of these up in a day (true, I did nothing else all day :) But I am a procrastinator, so there was plenty of daydreaming, bop-bop-bopping to music, and smoking in between each task. ;)

    1. Thank you! It’s easy, all it takes is to start on one little project, putting one foot in front of the other. I often wish I were as crafty as many others I’ve seen! Must all be relative.

    1. YAY! Thank you. The moment when the different materials come together and form a book is still, to me, a moment of pure magic. Why I love bookbinding so much, I guess, is for that enchanted metamorphosis, and the thrill of synergy.

  4. The biscuit books are so cute! I also really like how the journal came out. The dots somehow look a little nicer when on a different angle from the horse. I think it might just be because you can see what they’re supposed to do.

    1. Thanks! I agree, now that their ‘purpose’ is clear, they seem to need less justification for being there. :)

    1. Hello, Cheryl, thank you! I do teach bookbinding, but not online, I just haven’t got the resources to mount an internet course. You’re not in Darwin Australia by any chance, are you? ;)

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