It's been busy. The start of the yarn festivals, a kitchen refurbishment that was complicated and needs more attention than it's got so far, a few concerts and a Printers' Wayzgoose or two to be attended. I'm grateful though, because winter was both delightful and a bit grim too, if I'm truthful. The sun is here now though and I'm happy building websites (if a little grumbly) and making many, many things.
I started to bind little books a few years ago, but not being particularly settled isn't conducive to this quiet skill so I didn't make much progress. There's something about paper, folding and stitching, so satisfying in its simplicity, that suits spring, and the hopes of both a new year and a new book. So, when I was persuaded to take part in a book arts weekend at Hot Bed Press in Salford, I was quietly excited. You can see the results below. You'll be able to see some of the printed and bound books I've been making at the shows later in the year. I'll be running workshops on book binding next year; making one to track the progress of your project is a good thing to keep you sane and your spirits high, if, like hill-walking, to see how far you've come!