Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Notebook Largesse

When our glorious Majesties of Artemisia announced they would be travelling to Avacal for their premier coronation, and requested largesse to take for the occasion, I knew exactly what I wanted to make. Hand-bound notebooks, covered in leather.
As I was also in the process of beginning to make a vigil book for a friend (a post to come later), I decided to practice my meager bookbinding skills by making a few small notebooks. Killing two birds with one stone, you see.

The first, as you can see, is bound in a smooth supple tan leather, and the signatures are made of a taupe high quality paper. The end papers are pieces of scrapbook paper that I thought was pretty. Queue my obsession with the classic damask pattern.

The signatures are hand stitched with waxed linen thread, and bound with linen and twine on the inside spine. The book board is simple cardboard, but certainly sufficient for such small books.

The second was covered in some powder blue suede, and the signatures are a plain white paper. Its end papers are similar to the first, but the colors are grey and white. I rounded the corners of the cover of the blue book, and I quite like the look. I neglected to take pictures of the second book prior to handing them over for largesse, alas.

There was a largesse derby held, so I handed them in despite the fact that there were only two instead of a half dozen. They just take so much longer to make than I'd anticipated. Her Majesty posted this picture of my entry, so that's the only image I have of the blue book!