A full view of the cover

My sister Martha finds all kinds of great things when she’s out and about sifting through flea markets, thrift stores and estate sales and she sent me this gorgeous hand-painted paper that decorates the cover.

This journal was sewn in a style of binding called the Coptic stitch, which not only looks beautiful but also allows the book to lie completely flat when open. The red Irish linen thread I used to sew it is extremely sturdy. Black eyelets strengthen the cover holes, which match the black handmade Indian paper on the cover. You can see more photos in my flickr set: Mexican Bird Journal

A full view of the cover

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