Monday, February 22, 2010

Handmade books


I think like most creative people I'm interested in all kinds of arts and crafts, I've done so many different things in the past, and I'm sure I'll try many more! I've recently found a renewed pleasure in painting (just for the sheer enjoyment of it, I don't think I'm particularly good!), as well as trying various paper crafts and scrapbooking.


I've had an interest in making handmade books for a while - I've made plenty of little matchbooks, but have finally moved on to something a little more complex (as usual it takes me forever to pluck up courage to just do it!). This book is the third one I've bound, as a gift for my mum on her birthday :)



I've used white linen thread using a chain stitch to bind the pages to the covers.
I added some bead work while stitching, and then some hand-sawn flower motifs in brass, and finally some silver shade Swarovski crystals. The covers are black book cloth, and I've used some green Victorian-patterned paper inside. This was fun! :D

8 comments:

Miss Val's Creations said...

This handmade books is beautiful! It would make such a wonderful gift!

Maz Simpson said...

Thank you - my mum loved it! :)

Angela said...

You are braver than I am at trying new things, Your book is lovely, I especially like the brass flower motifs, I'm not surprised your Mum loved it!

Maz Simpson said...

Thank you Angela! :)

Odin said...

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Kelly said...

Beautiful books!

hello gorgeous said...

This is FAB! Love everything about it, very clever ;o)

hugs

hello gorgoeus xxx

p.s. thanks for the follow, you've given me another fab new blog to follow too! ;o)

Maz Simpson said...

Thank you for your lovely comments!! :D

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