Finished at last

Bookbinding has taken a back seat recently, as I was determined to finish this patchwork quilt that I started almost three years ago. The fabric was from a bag of old duvet covers donated by a friend. It is mostly machine sewn, but I have hand sewn the quilting patterns in feather and noughts and crosses around the border. I just love the hot oranges and pinks offset with Mediterranean blues!

Last two places!

Learn how to make your own A5 multi-section blank journal

There are just two places left on my Introduction to Bookbinding workshop, to be held on Saturday 27 April. See workshops page for full details.

Marbling magic

I’ve been having some fun lately experimenting with marbling paper. I love the way the results are so unexpected – it’s hard to gauge exactly what you are going to see when you do the ‘reveal’. I’m looking forward to doing some more soon, trying different techniques and colour combinations.

In the meantime, the papers shown below will be used to cover my next batch of blank journals.

Vibrant African fabrics

These three journals have just been added my Etsy store. The fabric used for the covers is 100% cotton, printed with bold, traditional, African designs. The paper inside is a high quality, 120gsm, cream cartridge paper, suitable for most types of media.

Small blank journals, quarter bound with bookcloth and printed African cotton

Etsy store now open

My Etsy store is now up and running and open for business, just in time to buy a special Valentine’s day gift. There is a small selection available at the moment, but I will be adding more stock over the next few weeks. Keep checking! In the meantime, if you have a specific request for a book or box, please contact me.

Down on the beach

Spent this morning on the beach at Poldhu, taking photos of a selection of books for the new etsy store. Enjoyed a mug of coffee from the wonderful Poldhu cafe before moving on to Mullion Cove for some more photos.

The New Year is bringing new changes and I have decided to open an Etsy shop for online buying. It will be called BooksnBoxesShop and I hope to be up and running very soon. Please watch this space!

Commissions welcome

If you have a particular request in mind, please contact me and I will be happy to discuss it with you. A recent commission is this Baedeker’s Guide to Southern Italy c1880s. It was much loved but in a rather sorry state, with loose pages, a broken spine and a damaged front cover. The owner was delighted with the repair, ‘It’s great to have my book resurrected’