Before I get onto the Real Subject of this post... Do you remember "Herman the German"?
Well, if you do - and those who tasted him may well do - you may like to know that Herman has his very own Website!! Follow this link - or the one in the "Stop Press" column on the right - to take a look!
I don't have a "Herman" just now, but I'd love to try and start one from scratch - I believe the instructions are there somewhere!
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Sooo.. back to the Real Subject!
An Experiment with Miniature BooksThere seem to be rather a lot of scraps sitting around my studio. Strips of paper, trimmed from large sheets, when I cut them into pages; small pieces of bookcloth and suede; decorative paper scraps; short lengths of linen thread, too small for a large book...
I don't like to throw away nice materials, so I thought I would do a bit of Experimenting and make some Miniature Books.
A Miniature Book is generally accepted to be a book that is less than 7.5cm/ 3" in height and width. Which is really quite small. Some people have made ultra-mini books... so tiny you'd need a magnifying glass to look. Some have written tiny text in their miniature books. There are miniature bibles, mini photo albums, mini cook-books, mini sketchbooks, miniature artists' books, mini-book necklaces... all kinds of things.
So... I thought I'd give it a try. This is what I've made so far:
Three Miniature books...
The red pencil is a standard-sized pencil...
Teal suede leather miniature book, 5cm / 2ins square
This little book has a Longstitch mediaeval style binding in golden linen thread. There are 20 pages of crisp off-white Fabriano paper. It has a wrap-round leather strip to fasten it.
This little hardcover book measures 6 cm / 2, 3/8" by 5cm / 2". It has covers of Liberty Tana Lawn bookcloth, in William Morris' "Strawberry Thief" design, with a quarter binding of damson silk dupioni bookcloth. There are 30 pages of white paper, with white endpapers to match. It fastens with a little grey ribbon tie.
A hardcover book, measuring 6.75cm / 2.5" by 5.5cm / 2.25". It has covers of hand-marbled paper, by Rhonda Miller with a quarter binding of grey suede leather. There are 30 pages of heavy-weight white artists paper, stitched with grey linen thread. The end papers are a dark blue art paper and it fastens with a grey ribbon tie.
My three little mini-books!
These are by no means perfect - they are very much "learning" pieces. Lots of little faults - such as the two hard cover books refusing to close, once I had added the end-papers (hence the ribbon ties!), and I didn't do the longstitch binding very well. I still have lots to learn.
Still, I am pleased with them - they're fun and cute and quite pretty. A couple of hours well spent!