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Towards the end of 2017, I had the privilege of participating in the second round of a set book binding project called Stitch•illo – Creative Expressions through Thread and Fiber. A bit about the show: This Stitchillo Binding project is a continuation of a binding project that was made possible by a very generous gift from Janine Vangool, the publisher of Uppercase magazine and the editor and publisher of Stitch•illo. Ms. Vangool shared fifteen unbound copies of the book with binders who were tasked with creating unique covers inspired by the contents. The binders were selected by the fifteen binders who…

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Old Man and the Sea

I've recently finished an enclosure and light repairs for a Life magazine featuring Ernest Hemmingway's Old Man and the Sea. The magazine was brought to me by a friend, who purchased it online, to be safely bound as a gift. Due to the large and heavy nature of the magazine, as well as its slightly worn condition, there were unique challenges to solve. The covers were detached from the rest of the text while the remainder of the pages seemed in pretty good shape which were kept together by three staples. The staples were carefully removed first because the existing…

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On the Case

NaBloPoMo November 12 The blank books are moving along and the cases are being assembled. I am using the millimeter binding style following Peter D. Verheyen's article in The Bonefolder. The case is made of two boards (a front and back cover), a spine piece (made from card stock or something similar), and a paper connecting strip. Since there are so many books to be assembled, it prompts a jig! Step one is setting a ruler as my stop where the paper connecting strip will butt up. I then cut a piece of board that lays on top of the…

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National Blog Post Month 2015

Several people endeavor to write everyday for the month of November (NaBloPoMo). For some, this means getting back to that novel they've been meaning to write. For others, it is a chance to post everyday on their blogs. I am with the second group and will make a push to do the same. Everyday, I'll post on the daily happenings in the studio as well as some posts about things that have happened over the last year, many of which I didn't have the time to address before. As someone who would rather work with her hands than update a…

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Fantasy and Nonsense

In July earlier this year, I submitted a binding to a juried exhibit hosted by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers. The book received second place in the exhibit and will be on display from September 7 to November 4 at the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Due to great foresight, it will be on display during the Standards of Excellence Seminar, the annual meeting of the Guild of Book Workers (October 11-13). Fantasy and Nonsense is a book of James Whitcomb Riley poetry letterpress printed by Tryst Press. The…

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