Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
Trying to find bookcloth in Vancouver is next to impossible. The very best I've been able to do, is an 18" x 18" square that will cost anywhere from $10 to $25 for a piece. Finding anything with a nice range of colours is not an option here. Headbands of any description are not available.
Bookbinding supplies in general, are considered luxury items or Craft supplies. As are, marbled papers, restoration materials and Chiyogami papers.
So a couple of weeks ago I made my first order to Talas, a bookbinding supply store. A bit nerve wracking because I wasn't entirely certain what I was ordering. I received my order yesterday and am very happy. It's great to see a 36" roll of bookclocth.
If you're here you probably know that I changed my URL. But remember to reset your bookmarks. I thought it might be wise to add the word 'books' somewhere in my title and URL. Especially since there is a Music Studio with the same name as mine. This is not my site. I'm tone deaf, and I don't think any music studio in the world could help me.
The usual response to my singing.
So remember; if you want to see beautifully hand crafted books, this is my Blog URL and if you want to make a record, you can search for Neonsun Studios.
Here's a link to my recent interview on Zibbet. http://www.zibbet.com/blog/2012.12.10/featured-zibbeter-neonsun
I am quite pleased with it. Take a look and find out more about me. Enjoy.
I thought I'd add some photos of my studio so you can see where you're books are made.
Bookbinding can be done in a large studio with heavy equipment or in a small space in your livingroom with a bone folder, glue and some patio stones for weights. I happen to be the latter.
This is a double sided book called a Do Si Do book. The front side features tips on international travel, while the back side features local travel.
This is the back of the book which features a local transit map. The book is one long sheet folded in an accordion fold.
Here I am stuffing microwave popcorn in my mouth and trying to figure out what to write. First off, "Hello everyone".
Next is to explain how I got into bookbinding. Totally and unexpectedly random act of choosing a workshop to attend while I was in the UK one spring. I was looking for something that was on during my stay. I signed up online thinking I was going to take a workshop that was completely different. I think I put the wrong course in my cart.
When I got to London I discovered I was taking a bookbinding workshop. Fate had intervened on my behalf. I liked it. I don't know why, I just liked it So I've carried on making books and taken a longer course at the local Art School. I'll continue on making books and learning more. As I learn, I'll share with you and hopefully build up a good resource for bookbinding.
I have to confess this isn't my first blog. I have another, very neglected blog called Adventures in Photoshop. Here's the link. http://neonsunshine-jody.blogspot.ca/
This blog will be similar in nature. Thanks for dropping by.
The Guild of Book Workers USA
MILLIMETER BINDINGS henryhebert.net/2012/01/11/millimeter-and-rubow-bindings
HAND SEWN HEADBANDS
Be sure to check out the bookbinding blogs too.
They often have tutorials
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Forum & lots of info
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