Thursday, 24 March 2011

Crafting for a Cause

It's cold and damp outside my window, and it doesn't look like this weekend is going to be any warmer. But that's fine, because while I'm waiting for Spring to spring I know I've got one weekend left in March, aka US National Craft Month, to put my crafty talents toward helping people in need. How's that you say, crafting for a cause? That's right! Join the Bookbinding Etsy Street Team in making soft cover books for the Chicago Books to Women in Prison organization. CBWP provides books to women in prison and they are in great need of blank books to distribute for journaling. BEST is organizing a craft drive to get binders to make and donate soft cover journals for CBWP to distribute. Want to join in? Great! Here's the details:

Book construction

It's important to note there are restrictions on the kinds of books CBWP can accept:
Only soft cover journals are allowed, covers may be up to the weight of soft cardboard (think cereal box board) but no heavier. NO plastic coil bindings are allowed. No sharp binding fasteners should be used (heavy staples, brads, etc.).

If you're not sure what to make or want to encourage some non-bookbinding friends to get into the act check out the great resource we have in the BEST blog Tutorial page. Check out the Japanese Stab Binding page for a slew of great resources.

Even if you're an experienced binder, consider using the tutorials (or your own know how) to teach friends and family to make books to contribute. BEST member Ruth Bleakley has a wonderful write up of the CBWP binding event that she held earlier this month, check out her blog for details and ideas!

Where to send your completed books
Once you are done you can send your book directly to the CBWP at:
Chicago Books to Women in Prison
c/o Beyondmedia Education
4001 N Ravenswood Ave, Suite 204-B
Chicago IL 60613

But before you pop them in the mail, we'd love to see what you made! Share a link to a picture of your book(s) in the comments section, and let us know about any special crafting events you hold to make books for CBWP. I'll be back for a post later in the Spring showing some of the good works made and donated to CBWP. Happy crafting!

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