Paper beads

paperbeads01 Last weekend I spread all of my collected paper stuff across the kitchen to make some collages. And failed.

But there was a bag full of paper strips I wanted to use for weaving projects. At the office we always got lots of advertising mail on all kinds of coloured paper. Some time ago I ran a couple of sheets through the office shredder as mine does particles.

Making paper beads was already on my list for 2017. So I grabbed a wooden skewer and started making some beads instead of collages. There’ll be more to come, it’s quick and fun. I have rediscovered a big box full of more strips, a little narrower and in different colours. They roll around the skewer even better.

I haven’t decided yet what to do with the beads, but definitely no necklaces or jewelry.

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Bookbinding, Vol. 4 & 5

kiwo16_ws05Bound in disused nautical chart – with some small ‘glue’ accidents 😉

kiwo16_ws06Bound in decorative paper

Yesterday’s weather was perfect for indoor activities, so I took another bookbinding class and made my last two volumes. These notebooks are about postcard size.

I will try to put together a ‘How to’ page from the process photos I took (not a proper tutorial) but this may take a couple of days.

Bookbinding, Vol. 2 & 3

Yesterday an appointment I had made was called off, and I had the time to take another bookbinding lesson. This time I made two little sketchbooks.
kiwo16_ws03Bound in my own handmade marbled paper – Did you know paper has a direction? Although I cut my pieces in the wrong one the cover didn’t warp after glueing.kiwo16_ws04Bound in disused nautical chart

Bookbinding For Dummies

I (aka the dummy) made this

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from this (plus some blank pages and a rubber band.)

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Today I spontaneously decided to take a little bookbinding class offered by a local workshop, Werkstatt am Drachensee. Drachensee Foundation employ handicapped people who, among other things, make beautiful craft items (textile/paper) which are then sold.

Making this little notebook was a lot of fun. I paid only a small fee to cover for the material. As they have now decided to offer this class all week long I might go and make another one. They had such pretty papers and I’d love to have another notebook bound with some discarded nautical chart.