Bound: Over 20 Artful Handmade Books Erica Ekrem

51f-5VBb1DL._AC_US218_Pub: Lark Books,U.S.

This title features beautiful bookbinding projects from the master Erica Ekrem. It combines traditional techniques with a stylish aesthetic, using the popular upcycling trend. It is suitable for all skill levels and tastes. Bind a book beautifully, with these charming and stylish projects from bookbinder extraordinaire Erica Ekrem. With her novel approach to traditional techniques, and the use of repurposed materials, Ekrem has devised creative fun for book artists of all levels. You can choose from three categories: Vintage, Nature, and Leather. You can make books from mason jars and seashells, a classic leather-bound photo album, and other works of art.

If like me you love paper, and books, then this will be of enormous interest to you.

Handmade books, no matter how small can be every expensive. Bound gives you all the information needed to create your own beautiful books with minimal effort.

Leather, Paper, even Mother Nature gives you something with to make and wonderful and original construction which can showcase your photographs, hold on to your memories or leave empty and give as an ideal gift.

Easy to follow instructions and inspiring ideas and designs will enable you to learn new skills and develop something exquisite.

I loved the Mason Jar idea, it is quirky and imaginative. Pressed flowers and buttons are all used to encourage and induce individuality and inventiveness.

This is a book of wonder and imagination. It would make a wonderful gift, and I imagine hours of fun for every age group. Even small children with a little help can make their own book of vision.

5*/5

I decided to make a ‘Junk Journal’ 

1.

I decided my book should be 5 1/2 x 8 inches.

I gathered my papers, both patterned and plain for my pages and cut them to size. I wanted them to be random sizes but made sure they were no larger than my book size..

You need roughly 4 or 5 pages per ‘signature’. A signature is a section a book. These need to be stitched in, so it’s best not to make them to big.

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2.

For the cover I cut two pieces of thicker paper 12 x 8. I glued them together (wrong sides together) and ‘scored’ them at 5 1/2 and 6 1/2 inches. This leaves a 1 inch middle for the binding.  Make sure it is completely dry before the next step.

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3.

The next step is sewing the ‘Signatures’ into the book.

Mark the spine at 4 points.. 1/8 3/4 5/8 7/8 and the same at the other end. Draw lines down your spine to connect these points.

Down the center of your spine.. mark at 1, 2.5,  4,  5.5,  and 7 inch. At these points on each of the 4 lines you will need to pierce a small hole with a sharp darning needle.

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4.

Now add the pages by marking the center of the ‘signatures’ with the same 1,  2.5,   4,   5.5  and 7 inch marks.

These pages need to stitched in.Starting from the middle hole, match the ‘signatures’ to one per line. I used embroidery thread and a back stitch. Start and finish in the middle of the pages and tie with a tight knot.

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5.

Once all the ‘signatures are stitched you will have a beautiful hand made notebook.

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This is how your spine will look..

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My finished book..

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Happy crafting x

 

Buy the book..

https://www.thegmcgroup.com/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=6374&idcategory=0

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bound-Over-Artful-Handmade-Books/dp/1454708670/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1528539126&sr=8-1&keywords=bound+handmade+books

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Ready to Stitch: Flowers Lesley Taylor

51ri69xf7AL._AC_US218_Pub: Search Press Ltd

This innovative new series provides numerous hand-stitched motifs* for embellishing, upcycling and revamping clothes, accessories and fabric items around the home. Simply choose a design from one of the 32 stitched samplers provided, transfer it to your chosen item using the corresponding iron-on transfer sheet at the back of the book, and add hand stitching following the instructions provided. There are notes on the materials and basic techniques used at the start of the book, and with just ten simple embroidery stitches to choose from, all with clear, step-by-step diagrams, even those new to stitching will be able to tackle all the designs provided. Clear instructions accompany each motif, with information on the DMC thread colours and the embroidery stitches used. Throughout, however, the reader is encouraged to experiment with the designs and interpret them in their own style by using different colours and stitches. In addition, there is a range of inspiring project ideas showing how the designs can be used, making this a must-have resource for sewers of all abilities. This book takes flowers as its theme and contains 74 floral designs that include tulips, daisies, roses, daffodils, pansies and roses in a broad range of styles. So whether you are looking for a small, dainty motif to decorate a child’s dress, or a large, bold flower to add impact to a bag or jacket, you will find a design in this book that matches your item perfectly

 

This is a fabulous series of books that enables us enjoy embroidering using a simple method of transfer.

74 flowers designs which are just stunning, can be beautifully stitched and the finished results are amazing.

For every lover of embroidery, the projects include cushions, book covers and many more.

The full page glossy photographs show off each design beautifully.  The 32 pages of transfers can be re-used several times and there is an amazing choice of flower, so everyone’s favourite will be available.

I love this book. It is very inspiring, and each design can be decorated however you wish to do so. I love the idea of adding sequins and beads, and even fabric pens to colour them in would look just perfect.

An amazing book for anyone.

5*/5

I will be using my handmade stitch sampler from the ‘Borders and Motifs’ review to stitch these stunning flowers 

I love the book cover design. It is perfect for a diary or notebook.

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The transfers are stunning, and of different sizes. You can of course trace them onto your fabric if you don’t want to spoil your book.

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Buy the book..

https://www.searchpress.com/book/9781844489107/ready-to-stitch-flowers

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ready-Stitch-Flowers-Lesley-Taylor/dp/1844489108/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1528486135&sr=8-1&keywords=ready+to+stitch+flowers

House Beautiful Tablescapes Lisa Cregan

61zWnz1+q7L._AC_US218_Pub: Hearst

There is an art to setting the perfect table for every type of occasion, and this book helps you master it, whether your event is a Sunday supper, weekend lunch, garden party, festive open house, elegant evening or extravagant holiday soirée. Lavishly photographed, it explores a stunning range of decorative possibilities, from platinum-edged plates, vintage silver, ornate candelabras and antique mercury glass to playful jaw-snapping alligator napkin rings, birds nests filled with pansies and a fleet of porcelain monkeys

 

What a beautiful book this is..

Pretty, stylish and one for every occasion, House Beautiful Tablescapes ensures our dining is perfectly dressed and a talking point for every guest.

I loved this book. from an intimate lunch to a formal party,  Lisa Cregan takes us on a journey of dining, with stunning centrepieces, beautiful glassware, and that little je ne sais quoi that gives an impressive edge.

The photography is exquisite, and while all of us may not have the rooms that are breathtakingly laid out within the pages, we can all learn how to add a small but delightful something that adds to our table.

This book would be a beautiful gift.  I just spent days looking at the pictures and reading about the seating plan, the flower arrangements and the wonderful quotes from well known people, past and present that are scattered throughout.

Did I say how beautiful this book was?? well, I will say it again. It is a divine piece of art that is useful, beautiful and engaging.

It’s amazing and therefore highly recommended.

5*/5

Buy the book..

https://www.thegmcgroup.com/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=8232&idcategory=0

https://www.amazon.co.uk/House-Beautiful-Tablescapes-Setting-Stylish/dp/1618372343/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1528112556&sr=8-2&keywords=tablescapes

 

Ready to Stitch: Borders & Motifs Michaela Learner

517s7a2HXkL._AC_US218_Pub: Search Press Ltd

This innovative new series provides numerous hand-stitched motifs* for embellishing, upcycling and revamping clothes, accessories and fabric items around the home. Simply choose a design from one of the 32 stitched samplers provided, transfer it to your chosen item using the corresponding iron-on transfer sheet at the back of the book, and add hand stitching following the instructions provided. There are notes on the materials and basic techniques used at the start of the book, and with just ten simple embroidery stitches to choose from, all with clear, step-by-step diagrams, even those new to stitching will be able to tackle all the designs provided. Clear instructions accompany each motif, with information on the DMC thread colours and the embroidery stitches used. Throughout, however, the reader is encouraged to experiment with the designs and interpret them in their own style by using different colours and stitches. In addition, there is a range of inspiring project ideas showing how the designs can be used, making this a must-have resource for sewers of all abilities. This book takes borders and motifs as its theme and contains over 80 designs that include flowers, butterflies, hearts and fairies in a broad range of styles. So whether you are looking for a small, dainty flower to decorate a child’s dress, or a large, bold heart to add impact to a bag or jacket, you will find something in this book that matches your item perfectly.

 

With 84 beautiful designs this is the ideal book to improve your embroidery skills..

The designs can also be coloured with fabric pens, buttons, ribbons and sequins can be used as embellishments, but what’s more is that whether you are a beginner or an advanced stitcher there is something for everyone.

The 32 samples that are showcased, all include a DMC thread colour chart. Each stitch is described and a demonstration section using visual and wording is easy to understand.

Transferring the designs is simple, just a hot iron held down over the template will give a clear defined image. These designs can be used several times.

The projects are adorable, bunting, bags and Christmas cards, but the possibilities are endless. All you need is a little imagination and some thread.

This is a wonderful book. The designs are all good sizes, so every need can be catered for. You can even trace around the designs if you don’t want to cut up your book.

It would make a gorgeous gift and is ‘sew’ much fun.

5*/5

I decided to make a stitch sampler. This can be used as a practice piece for stitches or something pretty to gift.

1.

I cut a piece of cotton fabric 25 inches x 14 inches. I folded it in half lengthways and pressed it with a sharp crease. Fold in half again and press.

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2.

Fold the sides of each half back on itself and press. You should have what looks like a ‘book’.

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3.

Using a coloured thread, I stitched down the creased lines.

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4.

With a quilting ruler and a rotary cutter, I cut the center of the fabric between the two middle squares. Pick up each side of the squares ..

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5.

turn and fold.

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6.

arrange the ‘pages’ by folding the sides into your sampler ‘book. Press them sharp.

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7.

Choose your designs and iron them onto your ‘pages.

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8.

You are now ready to decorate your design.

When you stitch, open out your book. You can use an embroidery hoop, instructions are in the book. When refolded the back of your stitch work will be hidden.

 

Happy sewing x

 

Buy the book..

https://www.searchpress.com/book/9781844489091/ready-to-stitch-borders-motifs

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ready-Stitch-Borders-Michaela-Learner/dp/1844489094/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1528484141&sr=8-1&keywords=borders+and+motifs+michaela+learner

 

 

Paper Craft Home Sarah Louise Matthews

512IEV7-1SL._AC_US218_ Pub:  Search Press Ltd

25 beautiful projects to cut, fold and shape for your home. Papercrafting is a perennial favourite among crafters its creative, accessible, and inexpensive, making it perfect for gifting. A blank sheet of paper offers limitless possibilities and unexpected ways in which it can be cut, scored, creased, shaped, and glued to transform an everyday material into something extraordinary and precious. In this book by renowned paper engineer and papercut product designer Sarah Louise Matthews, you will discover 25 gorgeous papercraft projects for home décor to make for yourself or as gifts for friends and family. Start by learning the essential techniques, including papercutting, scoring, folding, shaping, and glueing, then dive straight into the myriad beautiful designs from pop-up cards and cake toppers to lampshades, fairylights and even a cuckoo clock! For the more complex designs, templates have also been printed in the book which you can scan or trace for a quick and easy start to your papercutting journey. Papercutting is one of the most popular crafts around, and no wonder with just a few tools you can draw beautiful designs with your scalpel and experience the relaxing, creative and rewarding experience of paperworking.

 

Paper is my passion..

So this a book I really loved.

It is not a book for children as many of the projects require the use of a scalpel.

25 projects which range from pots for pencils and plants, to flowers for decoration, cards and much more are beautifully demonstrated and simple to make.

Some care and patience is needed, a few of he projects are intricate, but this adds to their stunning effects, and I spent a whole morning having fun making a card that will definitely brighten someones day.

Paper Craft Home is visually impressive. The instructions are simple to follow, with pictures and words guiding you along.

The templates are included, some will need to be enlarged, and this makes them completely adaptable.

This inspiring book is perfect for advanced crafters. The projects are delightful, which makes ideal gifts or to prettiful any room or event.

4*/5

I decided to make the ‘Floral Pop up Card’.

1.

First I made the flowers. I traced the templates and cut them out.  I hen glued them together. You need seven in total.

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2.

Next I used a scalpel to cut the front of the card. This was quite difficult as the template is small. You need a steady hand. I cut the front card first, then I cut the back card. This gives a layered effect. I added a coloured ‘insert’ to show off the cut effect.

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3.

I then arranged and glued the flowers inside the card. This needs to be done carefully, as the card needs to close. There are score lines on the flowers to enable this to happen.

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The finished card is quite dramatic and while it is not quite perfect, I will be making several of these.

Happy Crafting x

 

Buy the book..

https://www.searchpress.com/book/9781782216209/paper-craft-home

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paper-Craft-Sarah-Louise-Matthews/dp/1782216200/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1528705807&sr=8-1&keywords=paper+craft+home

Tangle Art Pack: A Meditative Drawing Book and Sketchpad Beckah Krahula

51Uu+2sGAuL._AC_US218_Pub: Quarry Books

Grab a pen and get tangled up in hours of relaxation anywhere!

Now in an all-new format, Beckah Krahula’s best-selling book One Zentangle a Day is reconfigured into this beautiful gift package, including an informational book and companion sketchpad featuring prompts and drawings to get your started.

Find everything you need to experiment with the playful and inspiring world of tangle art, an incredibly soothing and relaxting way to create beautiful works of art. Each mark is called a “tangle” and you combine various tangles into patterns to create “tiles” or small square drawings. With meditation and focus on small strokes, your simple marks combine to create beautiful, detailed drawings in no time.

So grab a pen and get tangled up in hours of relaxation anywhere!

 

There is an art to Zentangle and unlike doodling it a chance to focus on your inner artist.

There are no mistakes in Zentangling as each line or shape can be a new invention.

Mindfulness is at the forefront of most peoples minds these days, and Zentangle is used as a form of Art Therapy.  I find it helps bring calm and peace to an otherwise chaotic day.  I have even done some Zenbroidery, which works on the same principle, just with sewing instead of drawing.

This is a lovely pack, it includes a book explaining Zentangle and the various lines and movements, and also a pad. This pad is gorgeous, if you appreciate good paper to draw on then you will love this, it is smooth and perfect for your drawings.

I would have loved it to come with a pen, but to be honest any pen, pencil or even chalk can be used.

Zentangle is the perfect craft to do, it only takes a few minutes to sit mindfully and you can do it anywhere.

It is a fun way to learn the art and soon becomes quite addictive

5*/5

2018-05-15 06.34.09 The book and the pad can be removed from the outer case for easibility.

 

 

Buy the book..

https://www.quartoknows.com/books/9781631590962/Tangle-Art-Pack.html?direct=1

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tangle-Art-Pack-Meditative-Sketchpad/dp/1631590960/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1526397709&sr=8-1&keywords=tangle+art+pack

Washi Tape Greetings: Creative Craft Kit Courtney Cerruti

511jRZznDWL._AC_US218_Pub: Quarry Books

The Washi Tape Greetings Creative Craft Kit shows how easy it is to create beautiful projects using this versatile and inspiring material. This kit, which is an extension of Quarry’s book Washi Tape, includes project ideas for various types of greetings, washi tape, colorful postcards, and markers. If you have never heard of washi tape, get ready to enter a bright new world of paper crafts! Originating in Japan, washi tape is low tack, slightly transparent, and comes in a mix of adorable colors and patterns, you have a brilliant way to make all of your crafts even better!

 

This is a lovely kit and ideal for an afternoon of Washi Tape fun.

The kit comes with 12 postcards, 2 Washi Tapes and 2 pens. The enclosed booklet gives an idea of how to have fun and explore the different ways we can use Washi Tape.

Washi Tape hails from Japan, it is gorgeously decorated and is a kind of masking tape. It is perfect for creative designs on cards, journals and just about everything else.

It is very effective and once you start, you will not want to stop.

I adore papercraft, and Washi Tape is just adorable. I have box full of them and use them with paints, stamps and dies cuts.

This kit is an ideal gift, and is perfect for adults and children as it is so easy to use and completely versatile.

Amazing fun

5*/5

2018-05-15 15.29.28 Washi Tape Grettings kit comes with cards, pens and of course tape.

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2018-05-15 15.32.29 I used some stamps from my own craft stash to complete my card..keeping with the bird theme.

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Happy crafting x

 

Buy the kit..

https://www.quartoknows.com/books/9781631590023/Washi-Tape-Greetings.html?direct=1

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Washi-Tape-Greetings-Creative-Craft/dp/1631590022/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1526395544&sr=8-3&keywords=washi+tape+craft+kit