A little description of my book-making workshop at Loosely Bound zine extravaganza.
You have far too many notepads, but where are they? Bother, you’ll have to make one yourself. So here it is:
Children’s old picture book
Large eyed needle
Hard wearing fabric
1 Cut/pull out 2 pages of your favourite old children’s book. The Wart goes on a Quest is a particularly delightful one and my chosen story for this book.
2. Cut out approx 20 sheets of paper the same size of the picture book paper.
3. Cut out a piece of strong fabric that is sufficiently taller than the than the top and bottom of the papers, therefore it can justly cover the papers.
4. Place one of the picture papers on the bottom of the paper pile and the other picture sheet in the index of the blank papers. I left a giant’s fingertip (3cm) of fabric on the side of the fabric to fold under the button cover (See Picture 3)
5. Gather 20 cm of beeswax thread/linen thread, securing a knot on the bottom and stab the thread from the bottom of the papers to the top. Stitching right through the paper and fabric and back again. A running stitch will suffice.
6. BUTTON time. Stitch on two of your favourite buttons to the front of the cover and the back. I’ve used some Paddington inspired wooden buttons. This is where you can tie a ribbon to keep the notebook together, tightly.
7. I cut out the title of the book and stitched it on, you can too if you so choose.
P.S If you have a sewing machine to hand, a quick zig zig stitch around the outline of the fabric cover will rid any nuisance fraying.
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A Note from the Monster living under your bed.
Like a wound up clock the ice cream van chimes, riding along stripes upon the shore, the chunky wheels miraculously never become stuck upon the sandy floor. “Try a Sundaee, it’s delightful for all.” The ice cream vendor boasts his van’s treats. Just for today, You shall sail away on the ship that Grandpa brought, with a splendourous cream cone dripping in the waves.