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  1. colleenattara
    October 22, 2015 @ 12:00 pm

    Ali…this takes my breath away. I know this is about your journey…and it so beautifully told. It whispers to me, but it also shouts. And your original intention truly shines through here. You have many more of these books in you. And I cannot wait to see them. xoxoxox. Feeling blessed to have had you in that magical class…..


  2. kiwiquilter
    October 22, 2015 @ 4:39 pm

    This looks amazing Ali, you must have had so much fun constructing it


  3. Cheryl
    October 27, 2015 @ 11:04 pm

    Your work is very inspiring. I admire the way you put things together.
    Do you use your regular sewing machine when you see these things together? I love the look but not sure my machine would go through the layers.
    Thank you for sharing your work.


    • ali
      October 29, 2015 @ 10:51 am

      Hi Cheryl, use a regular Brother sewing machine – super cheap from Walmart about 15 years ago – but I use a denim needle which is tougher and I have to change it pretty often because the paper makes it dull. Hope that helps!


  4. cathy
    November 13, 2015 @ 1:05 pm

    love love love this book


  5. strangerontheearth
    June 27, 2016 @ 12:23 pm

    This is wonderful! I’ve always wanted to do an altered book but have difficulty with the idea of working in a book (I work in a library). It’s like a sense of guilt.
    Did you assemble your pages using the sewing machine and then glue them in, or do you sew while holding the book up to the sewing machine?


    • Ali Manning
      July 5, 2016 @ 10:37 pm

      I sewed the pages while they were still attached to the book. I used glue stick (less expensive than gel medium) to stick a couple of pages together and then machine stitched down the side. I went as far towards the middle of the page as the sewing machine would allow. It was a bit awkward but worth it because i love the look of stitching and loose threads.

      Go on try it – you’re giving new life to an old book!


      • strangerontheearth
        July 6, 2016 @ 11:46 am

        Thank you so much, Ali! I’m going to give it a whirl. The book I picked out measures about 4″ x 6″ so getting the pages into the sewing machine shouldn’t be too difficult.


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