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Lovebirds guest book

28 Mar

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This guestbook is bound using a Secret Belgian binding – one of my favourite styles. The cover is bound together first and then the text block is sewn to the cover. This is quite different from the regular method of binding.

The paper inside the book is an Italian paper – Fabriano Tiepolo. This is a beautiful, heavyweight, velvety paper which gives the guestbook a luxurious feel.

Polaroid wedding guest book

7 Nov

This Polaroid guest book is a novel twist on the regular wedding guest book: it is a mix of a guest book and photo album, where a photo of each guest or couple is taken and pasted in, then the guest writes a personal message beside it. It is a beautiful memento to have of one’s wedding day, serving as a visual record of all the guests as well as capturing all their good wishes!

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The bridesmaids’ dresses were a mixture of dusty pink and charcoal grey so I matched the cover with this using a variety of greys and pinks. The binding is a plain Japanese Stab stitch using two different ribbons to had depth to the bind. I also added bookcloth corners to the album so that the corners would be protected from wear and tear.

The spine of the album guest book had to be made quite wide to accommodate the thick Polaroid photos. To do this, I cut double the amount of paper spacers than a regular album and added them to the spine. If I not done this, the album wouldn’t close correctly and would look jam packed.

Each of the pages is scored several times with a bonefolder in order to make the pages turn over easily. This is important to do in a photo album as the paper is quite heavy – 300gsm – and would possibly crease in the wrong places otherwise.

Woolly book

26 Apr

Over the past few months, I have been working closely with the Sheep and Wool Centre in Leenane, Co Galway. The Centre has recently made many changes, including commissioning three books as part of its new display.

The idea was that the first book would display a range of Aran knitting samples, with information about each type of stitch. The wool samples had originally been part of the old display. They were a range of different sizes, colours and thicknesses, which meant it was a challenge to bind them.

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After some experimenting, I decided to crochet a wide border around each sample, using white wool, in order to create a uniform page size and thickness. I resisted the temptation to mount the samples onto another material, as this would have complicated the look of the book and would have restricted the viewer to only seeing/touching the front of the stitch sample.

There was a concern that the pages might be too floppy and might stretch over time. In order to avoid this, I inserted a thin flexible wire around each of the wool pages. I used a nylon-coated fishing wire as I didn’t want it to rust in the salty sea air – Leenane is on the Atlantic coast. The wire is hidden inside the wool and provides a subtle frame for each page.

Before each woollen page, I designed a transparent sheet, which outlines the stitch and gives its name and some information about it.

The book is covered with a highly durable, waterproof book-cloth. The raised design is a ball of wool running from the front to the back of the book. For the front page and end pages, I decided to use Aran stitch patterns as a motif – I was intrigued by the language of knitting patterns.

The book will be on display in the Sheep and Wool Centre in Leenane, Connemara, Co Galway if you happen to be passing by!