Stepping Outside My Bookbinding Comfort Zone

Hi! Welcome to my post. While buying leather this time I decided to go out of my comfort zone. Way out of my comfort zone and bought some neon lambskin hides for making books.

This is a radical departure from the somewhat staid and subdued colors I usually prefer. I’m glad I did. It gave me the opportunity to discover new color combinations. The new color environment encouraged me to try out new ways of marking out books for the sewing holes which worked beautifully. I used graph paper to make straighter stitches and sewing holes.

I also experimented with making upcycled pencil cases from mailing tubes.

Sometimes it’s easy as a bookbinder to get stuck making the books you think people want to buy. I went all out creative on these books and I’ve been getting lots of compliments on them, even from other bookbinders.

I encourage everyone to draw outside the lines once in awhile. You never know what you’ll discover about yourself.

So I guess it’s true what they say, “A change is better than a rest.”

Author Bio: Jody Currie of thealtereddiaries.net resides and binds books in beautiful Vancouver Canada in her studio by the sea

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