Here are two books I did after spending some time book making with my friend Teresa of Unworn World Studio.
The first is an extension of a book she made sewing extra signatures into a three signature binding. I used fifteen signatures in this, every three of them with a new thread color.
Next, this one:
This one is a modification of an open long-stitch (also called a twisted link and kettle) which Teresa does nicely. Instead of doing it with a single thread, I used two different threads to get this effect.
I only made a few 2010 calendars, but they were a lot of fun anyway.
Right to left: Beet calendar with double caterpillar binding decoration, bar-loop binding; resistance of the heart calendar with modified long stitch binding; red silk calendar.
Basil calendar. Woven caterpillar binding; paper bag cover, recycled paper lining.
Standard caterpillar binding. The endpapers are tea-dyed.
A few books using luna moth images. Some are stenciled, some printed with a silkscreen.
These three are all done with my a stencil of a luna moth. left to right they are two long-stitch bindings and one three signature binding on handmade paper.
Double three signature binding. The paper is my own handmade celery fiber paper.
There two books, recycled paper backs and recycled color paper, are done with a coptic binding (left) and a long-stitch variation.
Since starting my work in mending at the library, I’ve been collecting the shreds of books which I have to remove: bits of book cloth, old spines, occasionally old check-out cards (my oldest is from the 1890s). I’ve been using these pieces of old, old books to make new ones. I’ve been using the long stitch a lot with this group partly because the long stitch is the most standard binding method for the books I’ve been mending. Photo credit: Teresa Silva (http://mongoosenamedt.blogspot.com/)
Here they are:
Afterall. This one is made with wine dyed and tea dyed paper and the text "after all and you find it will be gone tomorrow" is typed onto the outer pages by the spine. Botton hole stitch.
Dictionary of Printers and Booksellers. The piece of spine on this book came from a book we have here that was printed in 1910. Modified long stitch binding.
Each signature has one sheet of tea dyed paper.
Old Lines. The strips of cloth on this book were scraps I removed while preparing a book for a spine reconstruction. Tea dyed and modified long stitch binding.
Old Lines. Back inside cover has an old library card pocket to keep things in.
Evolution and Culture. The spine is covered with scraps from a book my friend mended. Book cloth and three signature binding underneath the spine.
This book has pieces of several different books on its cover and tea dyed inside pages. The scraps on this book are mostly from the lining between the signatures and the spine. Modified long stitch.
tea dyed pages.
This book is made with tea dyed tracing paper, a modified long stitch binding, and colored inside pages. Underneath the tracing paper is the beginning text of a story I have been working on and shapes cut out of scrap pages from a book are glued to the first page of each signature.
Colored inside pages.
These are two more books made from silkscreened images. Photo credit: Teresa Silva (http://mongoosenamedt.blogspot.com/).
Elastic band to hold the book closed.
Poppies. Modified long stitch binding.
Luna moth. Double three signature binding, elastic band.
Double three signature binding. This is sewn in two parts, of three signatures each.