Gold Floral Casebound Book with Flat Spine

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas! I hope you have been enjoying the holiday season! It is difficult for us to get everyone together at once, so we always celebrate Christmas several times before the New Year rings in, but the main event is Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. This year will be a little different, though, as it's the first year that my daughter is in on the big Santa secret. It should be interesting.

In the meantime, there are those who have Christmas birthdays, who still need to be celebrated, and that's what this casebound book is for.
This book was a first for me. It has a hard flat spine, and it seemed much more difficult than a rounded spine because I had issues with getting the text block attached to the case in such a way that actually allowed the book to open! I ended up having to cut the first text block out of the case and make another, thicker text block. There is a lot of trial and error when you are a self-taught bookbinder. ;)

Size: 4.5" x  5.5"
# of Sections: 19, with 4 folios each 
# of Pages: 304
Stitches: Kettle, Coptic, French Link over Tapes
Cover Material: Canvas Spine, Chinese Pattern Paper, Cotton Lace
Ribbon Marker: Satin
Thread: Linen (textblock); Silk (headbands)

I made handsewn headbands on the text block using silk thread in red and white, and added an ivory satin bookmark. 
Because of all the setbacks on this book, it will be a couple of days late for my friend's birthday, but I think she'll forgive me. She's sweet like that! Thanks for stopping by, and have a Merry, Merry Christmas!

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1 comment :

Leslie Miller said...

Nevertheless it turned out amazing! Just look at the beautiful detail. Love the closed cloth spine on this classic beauty. Love all those with the cool stitches, too. Every book turns out just awe inspiring. Your friend got a real treasure for a birthday present! Enjoy the rest of the holidays, Cheryl!