Check it out! I bound a book! It's not the first one I've ever done, but it is definitely the best! I followed an on-line tutorial for a double needle coptic binding, used signatures that I folded at the Athens Art brown bag lunch lecture on book binding, and felted my own cover decoration (the cardboard covers were first covered with a cream, linen-like fabric, then the felted decoration was sewn to the cream cover). After all was said and done, I discovered that the book was so nice, I was hesitant to write in it! So I gave it to a friend. She was thrilled to get a new journal book!
Just so I remember, the decorations on the felt are all crocheted. Anita Mayer in her DVD "Creative Cloth" describes using crochet chains as embroidered embellishments as well as yarn wound rings. My rings are 100% yarn--no plastic inside. I started with a sliding loop and crocheted over that.