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Bookbinding Tools

I’m mad about my tools. Either I’m looking for new ones, or looking for some storage solution for them. When I first came to Ireland 9 years ago (time has flown!), I left most of my clothes and shoes at home to make room for my books, photo albums and…craft tools. Among these tools is my set of screw drivers from when when I worked in Manila in 2000, bought from a street seller in Binondo. In the last 17 years I’ve moved places, left Manila and moved back home with my parents in Mindanao, then later moved in my apartment in town, and eventually left the Philippines to move all the way to Europe, still with my box of trusty screw drivers travelling along. I have more than screw drivers now to be honest, because one cannot have enough hobbies. True story.

Moving on, I’m pleased to announce I am stocking some basic bookbinding tools in the shop. If you know someone who loves bookbinding or is interested to learn, please share. It’s a limited stock, pop me a message if you need more than what’s listed.

Thank you, have a lovely week! xx

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Coptic Binding Workshop – Manila and General Santos

workshop

I have the dates finally for the workshops! I would have wanted to hold the Manila workshop in the weekend, but that is not possible due to time constraints, I’m only there for a very short holiday. (I am hoping this won’t be the last time though, and be able to arrange the dates much better the next time!)

If you’re interested in attending, please fill in and submit contact form below. I will send a paypal invoice and confirm your place via email, as well as venue details. If you prefer another payment option, please let me know.

There is a welcome pack for all participants with materials to make your own coptic-bound journal. For the first 5 to book their places, there’s an additional  special package from me. Watch the blog for photos soon. And lastly, please note deadline of booking is on the 31st of May. I will need the final number of participants to confirm my bookings for the venue. Again, many many thanks!

Looking forward to meet with you for an afternoon of bookbinding!

 

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Traditional bookbinding

I finally got around to posting these pictures, these journals are some of what I’ve made this month.

handmade journal

handmade journal

handmade journal

handmade journal5

Bookbinding method: Traditional

Fabric: Linen+cotton mix

Hand-embroidered

Name, written freehand and then embroidered over

Paper: 120gsm, 100% post-consumer waste, unbleached

Bookmarks: Vintage lace and printed cotton

 

 

 

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Handmade journals

The last two weeks were really good because I was busy, on top of a couple of days of glorious sunshine! Really delighted to receive a few custom orders for handmade journals.

handmade journals

While I was organizing my paper stash, I saw some old paper in bright yellow and pale green colours which I have kept for a good while now. I found these from my husband’s box of documents while we were moving his stuffs from Amsterdam. Such a waste to bin it as it has a nice, smooth texture and a musty smell of old paper, and that made me decide to bind the sheets into a journal. They had punched holes on one side intended for binders, so I used a steel ruler to tear an inch off on all four sides of the paper.I then folded them in half and tucked into signatures which I then bound using coptic stitching. For the covers, I used a thick board covered with a book cloth and reinforced the holes with small metal eyelets. I’m still partial about the eyelets, it has to match the thickness of the board perfectly for it to work flawlessly. I don’t know, I have to keep trying I guess.

handmade journals

I love kraft paper and brown paper and everything natural! I used this scrumptious 250gsm kraft scrapbooking paper to cover these two custom journals. They’re A5 in size with 60 pages of 120gsm heavy and smooth unbleached recycled paper made from 100% post-consumer waste. My paper supplier is a small family-owned company in Dublin supplying quality, ecological products for the last 26 years and it has always been a pleasure to buy from them.

These coptic stitched journals open flat, they’re perfect as sketchbooks too, or even as calligraphy practice books.

If you’re interested to order, pop me a message here.

Thank you for reading, enjoy the rest of your day!

xO

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Craft Fair, 15th of March

Team Etsy Ireland is organizing a craft fair at the Green Door Market on the 15th of March 2015. If you’re in Dublin, please come and visit us!

 

Dublin Craft Fair

We will be there ourselves with our craft supplies and new handmade notebooks/journals. We’re looking forward for our first market with Etsy Ireland team!

Here are some of the notebooks and journals we’re taking with us:

swann&smerlin handmade journals and notebooks

swann&smerlin handmade journals and notebooks

 

swann&smerlin handmade journals and notebooks

 

swann&smerlin handmade journals and notebooks