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.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Book 249 - COZY - A Fuzzy Little Lambswool Mini-Journal w/ Long Stitch Binding

This little journal is... cozy. I can't think of a better word for it. It is made of the softest lambswool imaginable. While I was making it, the feel of the butter-soft leather and soft fuzzy wool reminded me of the balls of lambswool we used to put into the toes of our pointe shoes when I was studying ballet as a girl (a half century ago!!! OUCH!)

This little min-journal is a really simple book. I used the cut-off ends of the signatures of a book I made a few days ago-so the pages were already cut and folded into sigs. I cut a length of the lambswool leather the width of the book and 2 1/2 times the length, folded it in half and stitched in the signatures using a long stitch binding with brown linen thread.

I left the fore edge long and ragged for an organic look. I slit holes in the two long flaps and threaded a soft leather thong through them, then tied the ends of the thong in a loose knot. To open the book, you untie it, pull the covers apart and let the thong loop back over the book. That way, you don't have to keep threading and unthreading one end of the thong through the cover slit.

This would be nice to stick in a pocket. You could just put your hand in there every once in awhile and feel it's cozy softness. You could also hang it form a belt or purse, but someone might ask about the tiny dead animal you were carrying around.


  1. I never would have pictured a soft, fuzzy book. Cute! :)

  2. Pat the Bunny. I love *belt* or girdle books. This is a good plan with not having to actually untie the closure.