There was no plan for a prawn. He just turned up. He was immediately preceded by an octopus. That’s what I love about an improvisational process. Ideas. One thing really does lead to another if you let it. You get somewhere new by starting without knowing, make a mark (in this case a stitch, a patch etc.) and respond to it.
These undersea friends in hats bubbled up from somewhere mysterious. They inhabit a world that is rich and expansive idea-wise. I’m going to spend time in that world. This is my favorite thing to do in life.
Daily practice has a serious slog factor. It’s often hard to show up for. Days inevitably get weird and busy and difficult. I’m blown away by how many of you showed up for this. The community as well as instagram and facebook is filled with those efforts. Thousands of stitched pages. The last of the 100 days is tomorrow. Wherever you are in that process congratulations on showing up and thank you for sharing your one of a kind imagination. There will be a blog post featuring books and pages by participants in a couple weeks after you’ve all had a chance to assemble.
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finishing the book
To finish your book start here.
None of what I’m about to say will make any sense to you unless you’ve reviewed the assembly pages linked above. I started putting my book together yesterday and I’m assembling a little differently this year. It’s going to take forever, tons of hand stitching.
The difference is leaving the page edges raw. I did this in a workshop in France last summer and liked the effect. You can check that out here. (PS if you’d like to join me for France 2024 please use the contact form to message me and I’ll hook you up with more info)
It’s easy to do but the hand stitching on all those pages takes a while. If you’d like raw edges just follow the book assembly instructions and at step 11 in the slot section you place the wrong sides of the pages together. And again for the tab section in step 9 you place the wrong sides together.
I put together my first two sections (according to the chart) yesterday. Checkout the demo below and then refer to the official instructions.
First you need to number the pages in the order you want them to appear in the book. 1 is the front cover and 20 is the back cover .
Then arrange the numbered pages according to the chart.
Sew the seams for the first two sets of pages (section 1 on the chart).
Press the seams open.
For the raw edge finish place the wrong sides together.
And hand or machine stitch around the edges. The tab and slot edges are not raw – they are folded in and should be whip stitched closed – just follow the directions here.