Saturday, November 29, 2014

Raccoon Book

Raccoon Book

Spine - Raccoon Book

At CREATE Seattle this past October I took a Katherine England class in coptic book-binding.  It was great fun but a bit challenging.  Yesterday I was cruising through Teesha Moore's videos on her Artstronauts Club site and came across a video on coptic stitchery by Steve Salik.  So I decided to try once again.  Success with reservations this time.  I love how it all turned out but it was dicey along the way.  Sewing with four needles is a challenge.  Needles kept falling off and as I sewed I,  three times, sewed into the binding thread and had to remove the stitch and start again.

I kept at it and now have a great journal.  On Black Friday I ventured out to the stores at 6:45 to buy a Dremmel at Home Depot.  The Dremmel is quite amazing.  I suppose I could have just drilled with my drill but it was Black Friday and the Dremmel was on sale!  I don't like to shop and going out on the busiest day of the year was a bit much for me.  However, I did find a few other bargains.  So it was worth it.  I love how the Dremmel drilled the holes in the raccoon book cover.

6 comments:

amy of four corners design said...

beautiful! I have not only the Dremmel - but the stand that turns it into a drill press...I love my Dremmel...we'll have to play sometime...

Catherine R said...

You are both so brave! I bought one with a million attachments etc. but the speed it went at terrified me and I gave it to the local adult ed. woodwork group.
Good luck with yours. I'll keep on making holes in myself and the furniture with a bradawl!

Michele Unger said...

I can't wait to see this in person! Wow, beautiful job, John. AND you braved the Black Friday crowds? Not me! I hid at home. Just the thought of the shopping hoard made me want to hide.

Hope to see you soon?

Connie Rose said...

Love the journal! Especially the cover. I use a Japanese screw punch for making holes in book board, no need for electricity. Although Dremels have lots of other uses. Also FYI, I only do single-needle Coptic stitch binding anymore. Unless you're working with two thread colors at the same time, more than one needle is totally unnecessary. Have a great week!

Claudia MB said...

At first I thought that was a cat in the tree! I use 2 needles when I do a Coptic stitch -- 4 would be too complicated for me, I think! Sometimes I put eyelets in the holes before I bind the book.

tgarrett said...

Nice work- I have never attempted that binding- it doesn't suit me for how I layer as it would spring open by the time I finished. Oh not to mention that I can't see myself figuring that out.