Many moons ago (August) I made a book for my friend Linda’s birthday, in the style of a Tibetan pecha, which makes for a fabulous photo album format. After doing some research online for the general shape, layout, covering, etc. of a pecha, off I went with creating –
A pecha is traditionally wrapped and tied, I think mainly for protection since it’s a loose-leaf book style; the pages aren’t bound, together or to the covers. The yellow fabric is from Joanns, the red showing at center is a piece left over from a long ago costume Linda made for a theatrical production we were both in, and the fabrics sticking out on the right are part of a “label” element, once again made from scraps I’ve acquired over the past few years. I sewed a big yellow square (two layers sewed together then turned right side out), then applied the red square to the open corner and top sewed that to close the yellow piece and attach the red. I sewed the red ribbon to the corner at that time too.
As you unwrap the book you see the label piece, the black oriental print here. The white square at the top of this strip is the name of the book, topped by several layers of colored fabric (detail below). I didn’t research deeply enough to know if the specific colors of these label layers have meaning; I just went with colors and patterns that created a harmonious design for Linda’s book.
When you reach the inside you have a book comprised of two stiff covers with loose pages inside, in a long narrow format. The covers are bookboard wrapped in two different handmade art papers, a brown with fern images on the outside and a red botanical-feeling print on the inside. I’m guessing both papers came from Art Media (now Blick Art Materials for you Portlanders) as they’ve been the best source for great art supplies around these parts for a while. The brown fern might be from Paper Zone – they also have a nice selection of art papers.
(Hi David!) Pages were printed on card stock with my Epson Stylus Photo RX595, which gives beautiful quality printing and color, then trimmed to fit. I watched a video to learn how to wrap a pecha properly then voila! Linda’s book was complete. I enjoy traditional binding techniques, especially the coptic stitch, but there was something completely satisfying about this style as well – likely because I could play with fabric!
My Self-Imposed Bookarts Club project was left in the dust this summer, though I’m planning to pick that back up soon, but for now I’m working on crane ornaments and some other paper-related crafties for the Sit Sip Be Benefit Bazaar at The Place to Be in Canby. If you’re in the area on November 17th, 6 – 9 pm, stop by and say Hi. = )
What are you making these days? Any holiday crafts or gifts? Eeep, Christmas is coming waaaay too fast…