Athens Art, had a brown bag lunch series this summer. Unfortunately, I missed all but the last one. But the last one was good! Marianne Ballenger did a "make and take" discussion on bookbinding. As part of the discussion we each made a fan fold book. That's my cute little book in the photo The plaid cover is wallpaper. The blue lining is just a flat, blue paper. I don't know what the inside paper (that we folded) is.
The two best things from the presentation (aside from seeing some good friends there...That was probably the best part of it!) were 1)learning there is a paper store not terribly far from here--Twinrocker Handmade Paper! and 2)learning Marianne's "if you can only have one reference book" book title--Cover to Cover by LaPlantz.
Of course, I am working on a project with a looming deadline. So, my excursion to the paper store is going to be after my project is done! There is nothing like a project with a deadline to make me want to start tons of unrelated projects!
So, while I didn't go to the store, I did fold some signatures from copy paper and followed an on-line tutorial for coptic binding and made this cute little book. I'll need to make a few more of these for practice. My stitches are a bit wobbly and the holes in my signatures are a bit misaligned....but, I made the book and I'm hoping to make more.