On Saturday I attended a fabulous bookbinding event put on by the Canberra Craft Bookbinders' Guild. Vicki and Nicky guided us lucky participants through the techniques of making a case bound book that opens flat with decorative stitching on the spine. The decorative stitching is from one of Keith Smith's bookbinding manuals.
Carol received a beautiful accordion book filled with calligraphy from Olive Bull. We were so fascinated by it that we spent most of one day figuring out exactly how she had put it together. It took me another day to get it to this stage. This is the prototype and it still needs a little bit of tweaking. Nice though. Olive's book was filled with beautiful calligraphy which is the next step.
Since I started having calligraphy lessons in 2006 I have collected over 160 books on calligraphy, paper crafts, card making and bookbinding! Admittedly most have come from book fairs and second hand bookshops so the monetary value is not huge but it is still a substantial number of books. Periodically I drag them out, one by one and look at them then put them carefully away again.
So... my 2016 challenge to myself is to take one book a week (much the same idea as Fiona Dempster's Letter a Week challenge) and make or do something from it. If I can't find any merit in the book for myself I will give it back to the book fairs. I think that I will only review the books that I do something from, after all it isn't the books fault if I don't like or can't do any of the projects.
This should take me just over THREE years IF I don't buy any more books which is practically impossible for me!
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