A Book a Day? What's Up With That?

Hi, and welcome to this year-long project. So what's this all about and how did it happen, you might ask. In mid 2007, artist Noah Scalin decided to make a skull out of anything he could find, every day for a year. It stretched him in ways he never imagined, as an artist, a writer and a person. His experience turned into a blog that went viral, and then a book.

Others have picked up on the idea: 365 Hearts, 365 Masks, 365 Bears drawn on a cellphone, 365 paper napkin mustaches.
I wanted to play, too, and I chose books. I love books, I know a bit about making books (thanks to my talented book-maker sister, Marilyn Worrix), and they're broad enough in definition to give me a lot of creative leeway.

The whole point is not really the books. The idea is to stretch myself in many ways as an artist and a person, to set up a discipline, stick with it and see what that teaches me.

I hope you'll join with me and follow along on the journey chronicled here, and let me know what you think.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Book 192-Big Texas-Recycled Packaging Mini-Book/Journal-Coptic Stitch

Surprise! More packaging! Today's book comes from a cardboard box that held a dozen "Big Texas Cinnamon Rolls." I cut the logo off of two sides of the box and I had my covers. I did nothing else to them--they're not lined, stiffened, strengthened, nothing. Just cardboard.

For the pages, I folded white heavy-weight 110 lb stock into four signatures of six folded sheets each - 48 pages, 96 counting both sides. This was the first time I used a double needle coptic stitch, done with a dark purple/brown waxed linen thread. I also made a closure by wrapping some of the linen thread around the book.

I mainly made this as a way to learn the double-needle coptic stitch. It's actually pretty easy, especially in a book like this, which has only two sewing stations (holes). I'll be doing more of these and learning to use this stitch with  more sewing stations.


  1. Donna, did you know that your blog was mentioned in a Dutch magazine called "flow"?
    best, Annie - the Netherlands

  2. I've never tried anything put the plain coptic stitch. More than one needle...hummm? Looks good! Can hardly wait to see more. :)

    That is so exciting about being mentioned in the Dutch magazine!! Wow!

  3. Annie, thanks so much for telling me that. How cool! I love knowing people actually read what I write and look at my books. and I love being international.
    Dank U wel & tot ziens!

  4. Wow, maybe they will invite you to come and give a class??

    It is a delight to see what you have posted since you have returned. Due to Blogger's unfriendliness to comments, I will comment here for all, they are grand. More of everything. The snack books, some great stab bindings, and even another hairy journal.

    I so wish you were nearby. I am going through books, weeding ruthlessly. Although trying to sell what I can and find good homes for othere. I am sure you would find some to use for your bookcover journals. But then, we all have plenty of stuff.