This book is available on my Etsy!

These three are available on Etsy:

with red stitching, orange stitching, and blue stitching!

This book has found a new home!

Anonymous asked: Omg your books are awesome!! I've recently started binding my own books, too but I'm far from being that good, I have a lot to learn haha.... Beautiful, really! <3

Aww, thank you Anon!

I made quite a few wiggly coptics (and still do if I’m not paying attention!) before I found a rhythm that worked for me. Religiously studying SeaLemon’s tutorials on youtube helped too.

The best part is, it’s a lot of fun to practice. ; ) Good luck with your books!

This book is available on Etsy!

This book is available on Etsy!

drunkinluvv said: where do you get those awesome fabrics to wrap your books? :D

I mainly use printed cotton fabric you get in quilting shops. There’s a few of manufacturers I seem to gravitate towards: riley blake, blend, michael miller…

The Brighton Sewing Centre is one of my favourite shops.

It was a very dangerous day it occurred to me that people would sell these online too, and my options expanded massively. However, it’s kind of difficult picking fabrics online even when shops supply a scale. I get my ruler out and compare with what I’ve already got, but still haven’t committed to an online purchase when I have easy access to brick and mortar shops.

I’m pretty picky about what I think looks good in terms of a pattern matching a format. Anything too dainty can look too busy, anything too large you risk missing out bits of design. Although dainty can be lovely if there aren’t too many competing elements — I like it when those blend into one at a distance, but are pretty up close.

There’s also something soothing about fabric shops (perhaps even more so than art supply shops, and I can and have spent HOURS in those.) Organisations of colour and wandering around checking out patterns… It’s gentle on the senses, and I often start imagining what I could make out of this one, or that one, and which thread would I match—

Ha, sorry, that came out more long-wondered than I intended. =)


3 months ago on 04/20/14 at 06:53pm

Just a reminder that this finishes in four days! =D

Don’t forget, you can reblog more than once, though be kind to your followers’ dashboards.

Thank you to everyone whose entered so far!

pondweed:

To launch the introduction of the books I’ve been binding to my Etsy store, I’m holding a giveaway! Check out what you might win on my Etsy!

1st Prize:

  • one 11x15.5cm hand-bound coptic-stitched book of your choice from my shop
  • two art prints
  • and a postcard pack.

2nd Prize:

  • three 14.9x10.5cm soft-cover saddle-stitched notebooks
  • one art print
  • and a postcard pack.

3rd Prize:

  • two 14.9x10.5cm soft-cover saddle-stitched notebooks,
  • and a postcard park.

Rules & Conditions

  • Runs from 20/03/2014 — 24/04/2014.
  • Like and reblog to enter. You can reblog multiple times, but please consider your followers’ dashboards!
  • No giveaway only blogs.
  • Winners are picked with a random number generator. (First draw wins first prize, etc.)
  • This giveaway is international. 
  • Please be contactable, either by having your ask box open, or another means of contact clearly displayed. I’ll message you about postage details.
  • Best of luck!

Some things I’m working on at the moment!

It’s my Nan’s (maternal grandmother’s) birthday today. She always used to make my sister and I dresses when we were growing up, and has only just last week treated herself to a new sewing machine.

Mum and I saw the sewing things paper out shopping, and hatched a plan to make her a little sewing notes book! The measuring tape paper made for perfect endpapers!

It has lined paper one side, and when you flip it over, it’s got plain paper.

There’s a few things to iron out in the execution (I overestimated the spines so it’s a bit gappy) but I might make a few of these for my shop. What do you guys think?

My Etsy has re-opened its doors! =D And I’ve stocked up on beautiful fabrics and papers to make even more books!

pondweed:

Hey guys, just a small announcement!

I’m closing my Etsy shop until the 9th of April— my Dad and I are going abroad for a long weekend, and the beginning of next week is going to be pretty busy for me! 

=) The good news is I’ll be back binding some more books after that. The response I’ve had has been amazing so far, and I actually need to restock my Etsy with books! Thank you to everyone whose brought books, and reblogged this giveaway post to spread the word — you’re all wonderful!

I’ve also decided I’m going to keep back a text block and boards for the first prize winner, in case they want a different cover put together than what I have in stock. I’ll take some photos of my fabrics and papers to share.

Thank you again, and for all the support and kind messages!

pondweed:

To launch the introduction of the books I’ve been binding to my Etsy store, I’m holding a giveaway! Check out what you might win on my Etsy!

1st Prize:

  • one 11x15.5cm hand-bound coptic-stitched book of your choice from my shop
  • two art prints
  • and a postcard pack.

2nd Prize:

  • three 14.9x10.5cm soft-cover saddle-stitched notebooks
  • one art print
  • and a postcard pack.

3rd Prize:

  • two 14.9x10.5cm soft-cover saddle-stitched notebooks,
  • and a postcard park.

Rules & Conditions

  • Runs from 20/03/2014 — 24/04/2014.
  • Like and reblog to enter. You can reblog multiple times, but please consider your followers’ dashboards!
  • No giveaway only blogs.
  • Winners are picked with a random number generator. (First draw wins first prize, etc.)
  • This giveaway is international. 
  • Please be contactable, either by having your ask box open, or another means of contact clearly displayed. I’ll message you about postage details.
  • Best of luck!

This is an awkward photo of the photo album I made as a wedding gift for my Aunt. : D

This is the biggest book I’ve made to date, and I’ve got another two like it in the works!