Jane’s Book

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A couple of weeks ago my friend Jane came to the studio and made a special book. She had a decades old, well loved pocket book of her mothers that, despite many repairs, could no longer be used. So she asked if I would help her turn it into a journal.

Here’s a photo of the bag before we transformed it:

Jane's Book

Using heavy scissors and a rotary cutter, I cut a rectangular piece of leather measuring approx. 6″ x 12″, while Jane tore and folded the signatures made from Mohawk’s Superfine paper.

Jane's Book2I created a template for Jane to punch holes in the leather using a Japanese screw punch and in the signatures using an awl. Then I showed Jane how to bind the book using waxed linen thread and a simple long stitch.

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Here’s the finished book. Jane hasn’t decided whether she’ll keep the book or give it to one of her daughters as a gift.

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We had a fun morning making the book and sharing stories. It’s so meaningful to give life to a treasured possession, especially when it has belonged to someone who has passed away.

Do you have an item of clothing or accessory that you could turn into a book? Let me know!

3 Thoughts on “Jane’s Book

  1. kiwiquilter on August 16, 2015 at 6:48 pm said:

    What a clever idea, and a fabulous end result.

  2. Kim Book on August 22, 2015 at 3:48 pm said:

    That looks amazing Jane!! Great job! Xoxo

  3. What a fabulous way to use an old and meaningful purse.

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