|I am quite sure the woman -- Mrs Maggie Helm -- had no thoughts of making art or an altered book when she made this.|
But, in my mind, this is a beautiful altered book and one to be treasured.
I wonder who she was and when she did this. Sad to think that no one in her family wanted to keep this book.
There is no date or any information inside at all -- but what beautiful cursive writing and incredible hand sewing.
I don't think they teach either of these old school arts in schools any more and what a loss that is.
I would have guessed that this was a sewing class workbook for a high school girl but since she wrote Mrs Maggie Helm in the front I am guessing not.
I bet that 95 grade (on the button hole) in an entire book of 100's really made her mad!
But what a treasure this is.
I am taking a couple of book-making classes at SF Center for the Book this summer and I am really looking forward to making some more books.
But there won't be any sewing like this in mine.
I can't even figure out how to thread my (stupid) sewing machine!
And, if you want to see some really cool books and tutorials, check out
this blog all about making books
(Thanks to Leslie for telling me about this)
I am especially delighted with this paris themed book
She has recommendations for good books on book-making, tutorials, examples -- have fun with this!
Sunday today and I am off to the studio to play with paper and paint and glue all day.
Have fun too, you all......
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