The book I received from Elina of Veterok proves how books are very tactile objects.
Here's what Elina says about her book:
This was my first time participating in the book swap. Since it's October, I decided to make a classic hardcover sketchbook with a bit of seasonal creepy twist. The book is sized 15.5 x 11 cm (approximately postcard size), with pages of cream coloured Canson Mi-Teintes drawing paper. The headbands are sewn with black and ivory white buttonhole silk on a leather core. For the cover, I used two vintage portraits that I was gifted with a couple of years ago. The portraits are glued and then sewn on the bookcloth which I have dyed in shades of rusty orange and turned upside down to reveal the crumpled texture of the backing paper. I couldn't resist doing some additional smudging with ink.
This design is much like the ones that I sell in my Etsy shop, and I hope PrairiePeasant will find it useful, either as a sketchbook or as a journal for daily activities and observations.
I particularly like the texture and colours of the dyed and reversed bookcloth.
And here's the book I sent to Camille:
I was inspired by the beautiful colours of fall for this book swap. My book is a fabric softcover book made from cotton quilting fabric interfaced for stiffness. The inside is filled with lovely handmade paper with grass trimmings in it, made by a local Winnipeg paper company called Botanical Paperworks. This book is bound with cotton embroidery floss in a longstitch binding and fastened with a wooden button.
To see the fabric softcover journals currently available for sale in my Etsy shop, click here.