I have a confession.
I’m sure I’m not the only one with this problem. Lean in closer to your screen and I’ll let you know what it is.
Are you ready? Ok, I’ll confess. It’s fabric. I have a fabric problem. I have an insatiable thirst for FABRIC. And almost anything to do with FABRIC!!!
We had a three-day weekend because of the New Year holiday so I actually took two hours to myself and I just started researching something which led to something else and on and on until I landed upon something that I actually stopped and watched. That doesn’t happen to me often. I’ve been sewing for such a long time that I always marvel and am fascinated when someone is able to teach me something new to do with fabric.
While researching I stumbled across the word “book cloth”—it was a new term to me, so I continued the hunt about the term. In Googling the word “book cloth” many things came up. Of course Amazon has online stores for purchasing book cloth and I’m sure that many retail arts and crafts stores would have it, too. The Google list also returned YouTube video suggestions. I was intrigued; could I actually use some of my own fabric scraps and make book cloth? What would I use it for? Well, what a great idea! I learned I could make books with actual hard covers that could be gifted to anyone. I could make journals, keep a personal sewing book, make a book to sketch quilting ideas, and even a book to write down embroidery project ideas. Because I could use the fabric I want, the sky is the limit in creativity. Why, I could even print or embroider my own fabric to use as a book cover.
I viewed a few of the Google suggested videos but quickly knew they didn’t capture my interest. But then I stumbled upon “Sea Lemon” showing how to simply apply tissue paper to the back of fabric to create book cloth. Novel! She calls it “Book Cloth for Book Binding”. Sea Lemon is Jennifer from Scottsdale, AZ (my former backyard.) I like her videos because the instructions are broken down into several short videos and they are concise and clear. This first video is only 2.5 minutes long—and gives just the right amount of information that even I could do it.
Book cloth: http://bit.ly/2jjt9Ix
Of course, after being inspired about making my own book cloth, she gives links to some of the other videos on her channel. Book cloth needs to be placed on something so the next video I watched was “Case Binding”.
Case Binding: http://bit.ly/2iJCTeh
And a book needs pages, so Jennifer shows how to make a “Text Block” with “signatures”–I love learning new terms!
Text Block: http://bit.ly/2jjvd3a
There are simple tools used in sewing that are also used in making these books, but another tool needed is a “Book Press” which she easily makes from cutting boards.Book Press: http://bit.ly/2jjpBGh
Be sure to check out Sea Lemon’s other videos related to creating your own books and even subscribe to the Sea Lemon channel. I’m sure you’ll learn some new things to try.
Sew ‘til next time…enjoy the journey of sewing!