After visiting this mill, I knew this was bound to happen (pun intended). What else was I going to do with the lovely "zaansch bord" I bought there?
I recently made a little notebook of scraps of paper that I learned at this e-course, but actually I learned this very easy binding technique here. Igloo letterpress sells "make your own notebook kits" if you want things already cut out for you.
What you'll need:
- thick paper for the cover (obviously these were purchased at the paper mill)
- a bookbinder's awl (if you have one)otherwise a thick needle will do. My awl is a little one and apparently for children, I can't think why you would let children use these, as I actually pierced myself with it, and boy does it hurt
- paper for sketching or watercolors (I got Canson's Montval 185gm)
- x-acto knife or scissors to cut the paper
- linen thread
- thick needle
- and things to decorate the cover such as rubber stamps, scraps of fabrics,beads, stamps, etc…)
Top left to right: Make 3 holes with the awl, 3 cms apart, and insert needle on the first hole leaving a long piece of thread in the back (I like how the long strands look). Then insert needle on either hole bringing it to the back.
Lower left to right: Insert needle on last hole and then insert needle in the center hole. That way both strands end up together.
I hope you like them and give them a go. They are really easy to make, and I'm sure the recipient would be delighted, I know I would be.
As I mentioned on the giveaway there was a present missing. This is it! One of these notebooks (winner gets to pick which one) will be included. I hope you decide to join in, all you need is to answer my question here on the blog or on the Facebook page.
Have a fantastic and very crafty weekend, and see you monday for another handmade gift idea!!
P.S: These will be included in The Flat Project as they are perfect for sending via mail. Light and flat (just my type).