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Purple themed album

28 Jan

This traditional casebound wedding album was custom-made to match the vibrant purple bridesmaid dresses that were worn at this couple’s wedding. The coverpaper is a Nepalese handmade paper that has a distinctive textured surface.

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In order to make this wedding album extra special, I handstitched matching headbands at the top and bottom of the album’s spine. These headbands will serve to protect the album whilst adding an extra hint of colour. I also added a secret message to the spine – hidden away forever!

The slipcase acts as a protector for the album, keeping the wedding photos protected inside the album, away from light and other possible damage. As always this wedding album is made from archival materials which are completely acid-free.


Headbands for books

15 Oct

I have been polishing up on my headband making skills – and no, these are not the type that keep hair off your face – they are a traditional part of a book. Headbands are decorative bands of silk or cotton which can be found fastened inside the top and bottom of a book’s spine.

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Using an old book as a practice model, I have been working on single and double core headbands. These can be built up using cord or strips of leather as the base. Traditionally headbands were intrinsically a part of the sewing of the book, and were used in lieu of kettle stitches in linking the sections together. In later years, they acted as a block between the textblock’s spine and the shelf, relieving the strain placed on the spine cover.

Nowadays headbands come as cloth pieces which are just glued on the book – they are seen as purely decorative. A lot of the time, they can look like a cheap afterthought. I hope to develop a range of handsewn headbands – culminating perhaps with this multicoloured Armenian headband.