This journal has been in the making for about a week, as there was alot of paper tearing, staining, drying and pressing to be done. I wasn't actually sure of what the covers were going to be until I discovered this old linen lurking in my stash. Initially I was going to create a thick leather cover with fabric scraps, but that can wait for another project.
I took photographs of the stitching stages along the way, to show what was involved. I had thread and needles dangling all over the place and they love to entangle in each other - so you can only imagine... the opera on the radio was perfect for the concentration involved.
Those of you who are familiar with Coptic stitching of large books will appreciate the little daydream of having elongated hands for a job like this. Yes, I could have used a sewing frame, but I choose not to.
Working in line with the colours on the old linen, I opted to use a mix of cream and light rust thread - I am happy with the finished piece. The images taken in the making are in the corner of my dark studio, so the colour is a little on the warm side. The finished piece was photographed in natural light, so the colours are more true.
Here it is, Springtime in the making, and made.
|Aligning the cover for the final stage of stitching|
|About to stitch the back cover|
|Half way through stitching the back cover|