Monday, 31 March 2008

Book Swap #2 - BlueValentinePress

Beth, of submitted this book for our book swap. It features a unique mini collage on the front cover. The collage includes a gocco print, some reclaimed text and other torn papers that have holes made using a Japanese hole punch. The lovely pocket-sized book is bound with an exposed chain stitch sewing.

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Saturday, 29 March 2008

Book Swap #2 - Jellygnite

This "Surfer's Paradise" book was submitted to the book swap, all the way from Australia, by Ali of Jellygnite. Ali says she has been fascinated and in love with maps for quite a long time; the particular map on this hardcover book, shows the famous Surfer's Paradise and Gold Coast in Australia. The book is bound using an attractive variation of the basic Japanese stab binding technique, and the inside pages are a mixture of cartridge paper and map segments taken from an old street directory.

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Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Book Swap #2 - Scodioli

This book came to the swap from Miss Scodioli, She describes this laxative sketchbook as one that is guaranteed to cure creative constipation! The cover is made using an image of an antique laxative candy container. The paper is Mr French Frostbite, 70lb text weight and there are schematics from a 1950s Science & Mechanics magazine used on the inside of the cover. She has bound the book in lovely constrasting red thread using combined longstitch and chain stitch.

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Sunday, 23 March 2008

Book Swap #2 - MatchBoxBook

Another book swap book revealed! This little book and its matchbox were submitted to the book swap by eb, of This is a hardbound journal made entirely with archival materials; the fabric on the cover is black buckram. The pages have ink lines that have been meticulously hand drawn. This little book fits perfectly inside the standard matchbox.

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Friday, 21 March 2008

Book Swap #2 - MyHandboundBooks

This unique two-sided album was made for the book swap by Rhonda of MyHandboundBooks. This book opens in two directions, bound on each end using the classic Japanese yotsume toji 4-hole stab binding. There are black card stock pages and it is lined on the inside with black book cloth. On the outside, there are two colours of soft sheepskin leather inlaid on the covers and a little brass hasp in the centre.

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Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Book Swap #2 - LaPaperie

The next of our swap books to be revealed is this soft leather journal made by Bev, of LaPaperie. The wrap-around leather cover is burgundy goatskin and the journal is bound using longstitch and chain stitch; sewn through the cover and visible on the spine in an X pattern. Bev has embellished her blank journal with an image and a quote by Emily Dickinson on the first page.

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Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Book Swap #2 - Kjerstenhayes

Kjersten Anna Hayes submitted this book for our book swap. This is made from an old textbook cover which has been recycled and given new life; it has been painted, collaged, and bound into a a unique album with a transportation theme. The pages inside are a mix of coloured papers and pages from various sources and all the collage items, colourful buttons on the spine, and endpapers match the theme.

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Sunday, 16 March 2008

Book Swap #2 - UniquelyCovered

This lovely book was made by Linda, of UniquelyCovered. The binding is on supported tapes and sewn with a French Link. Linda says that this is one of her favorite bindings techniques because of the interest the tapes add when they are woven into the covers. It looks like the tapes are made from paste papers, which is a nice unique touch. Then they are woven into the boards that have been covered with the earthy brown handmade paper. The bright red thread on the spine is a wonderful contrast.

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Friday, 14 March 2008

BEST Pick for Pi Day

March 14th is Pi Day for math geeks enthusiasts everywhere. Maybe this number isn't used much in bookbinding, but math in bookbinding is certainly unavoidable so Pi Day deserves some recognition!

And here we have, Pi, a letterpress printed artist's book by Susan Angebranndt of GreenChairPress. You can read about Susan's book and the poem by Wislawa Szymborska's by visiting

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Book Swap #2 - KupoKiley

The first swap book to be revealed up close, is this super green booklet from KupoKiley. Kiley's book has 24lb white linen paper for the pages and the cover is made from a single sheet of vibrant green clover paper. The cover is made using a unique folding process creating an interesting and functional cover with little pockets. It is entirely vegan, having used no glue or wax in the construction. The binding is a type of running chain stitch, accented with beads.

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Monday, 10 March 2008

Book Swap #2 - Preview

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Book Swap this time. We had 15 players from three different counties! All the books are fantastic and I think everyone will be so pleased with them.

I mixed up the books and sent them back out on Sunday and Monday; participants can start watching the mail for a package. More details and photos of each book will be posted here over the next few weeks so stay tuned for a closer look.

Participants in this swap:

The next swap is planned for the end of May so there is lots of time to prepare if you want to play next time. All BEST members are welcome to participate. Check the swap guidelines for more information about how it works.

Friday, 7 March 2008

BEST Pick for International Women's Day

March 8th is International Women's Day. The UN website states that "International Women's Day is the story of ordinary women as makers of history; it is rooted in the centuries-old struggle of women to participate in society on an equal footing with men."

This photo album is elegantly bound using the Secret Belgian Binding, by Laurel of StrawHouseBooks. It is called "Women Gain Right to Vote Photo Album." In her description of this book, Laurel explains, "the fabric that covers this 36-page photo album or scrapbook is entitled 'Senaca Falls.' It was designed for moda fabrics by Brackman and Thompson to commemorate the struggle to secure the right to vote for women in the United States."

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Wednesday, 5 March 2008

BEST Online Resources

A great place for bookbinders and book artists online is the Book Arts Forum message board. This is a great place to make contact with others, ask questions, show your work for feedback, and provide help and feedback to others when you can. In conjunction with this message board, are the TJBookArts Blog and Flickr group, which are also great resources. There are a number of informative posts on the blog and some great consolidated lists of online tutorials and resources. There is a weekly challenge on the Flickr group for bookmakers, open to all if you are interested in participating!