Wednesday, 28 July 2010

All I've Got To Do Now Is Write In It .....

Having Shingles has had one advantage (and the only one at the moment) - I have had a couple of days of work.  Having completely slobbed around yesterday, today was a different ball game.  I have been playing with my Remains of the Day Journal and we are now at the stage where it's ready for writing in - apart from one or two little bits and pieces ....
Here it is with all the signatures sewn in.  All that's needed now is some sort of fastening and I have an idea for that - a long strip of fabric with scraps sewn on to it, then a line of gathering stitching from one end to the other and then pulled up to make a frilly thingy to be sewn on the flap with a nice ornate button.  I think the cover might need 'something' but then again it might not - will have to think on that .....
Here's the spine showing the sewing in of the signatures ....
If you haven't got a Martha Stewart Japanese Screw Punch - then you simply have to get one.  It made the holes in the spine like a hot knife through butter and with no banging.  Taking into account that the spine was quite thick with two layers of cotton fabric with heavy duty interfacing and a layer of quilting wadding - I was dead impressed.  I think I might put beads on the thread tails or do as Sue Roddis does in her book, Handmade Decorative Books and just knot them.
Here is the inside - the pages are all in there nice and secure - even though the bottom hole looks a bit suspect - lol.
What I like about this Journal is that I haven't gone out and bought anything new for it.  The pages are all envelopes or papers that I've had for ever.  The fabrics and lace are all from my scrap box - I even resisted the temptation to dive into a brand new Fat Quarter that I've had for yonks.
All the scraps left over from making the Journal are in a box and as I start writing in it, I will use them all up.
When I make another one, there's one or two things I would do differently (I know where the faults are - lol) but on the whole I'm loving this .....
Next project - a card for Charlotte and a Recipe Book .....

3 comments:

Jo Capper-Sandon said...

Aww I'm sorry to hear you've been so poorly. It took my F-i-L 6 months to get over what you've had so you're a toughy'n.
But every cloud and all that as you say. This book is looking gorgeous.
(as too is little Lottie :0) )

Hope you are better very soon x

Lorraine said...

like the journal ..sorry you have got horrible shingles and hope it doesnt take ages to go. Congrats on little Charlotte she is beautiful and thanks for the lovely comments on my blog

Gail said...

That journal looks really stunning Sue, you should try to get it published in one of the magazines.