Monday, December 28, 2009

hand-sewn sketchbook

i made my first hand-made sketchbook by binding rives BFK drawing paper and sewing the cover from patterned cotton fabric and off-white muslin for the inside lining.

in japan, it is common to hand-sew neat covers for bunkobon, or small paperback books, which is a good idea because sometimes, beautiful books have the misfortune of being published with hideous covers. i have a few examples on my shelf which deserve better dust jackets. it is also a good way to hide embarrassing reading material.


Anonymous said...

Интересно написано....но многое остается непонятнымb

yelena bryksenkova said...

а что непонятно?

Joel said...

Ooooh neat. I want to learn how to sew now, haha.


Celine said...

I've been meaning to do this---how much reeves did you need to buy? did you buy it in single sheets? how big?

Good choice of fabric; I have a bright red or blue calico I might use.

Have you considered selling your hand made sketchbooks in your shop?

yelena bryksenkova said...

hi celine,
i bought one giant sheet of rives and cut 12 long strips from it (about 5.5in x 11in), which i folded in half to make the pages.

i've only made one so far, but if i make more and get better at the craft, i might consider selling them.

Celine said...

That was fun. Thanks for the idea!