Sewing Colleen’s Garden Themed Journal – Caterpillar Stitch

Another great commission from a local library, this time to create a garden themed journal for their Head of Patron Services, Colleen, who is retiring after 37 years at the library! I’ve done other commissioned works for their employees in the past, including a neat retirement album and an awesome travel journal.

Enjoy! More details below on paper types. Feel free to go nuts and pin stuff to pinterest :) (While you’re at it you can check out my Handmade Books and Journals Pinterest board too!

Handmade Journal for Colleen - Caterpillar Stitch Binding by Ruth Bleakley

Burnishing the Cover - The making of a Caterpillar Stitch Book by Ruth Bleakley

Finished cover with no holes - The making of a Caterpillar Stitch Book by Ruth Bleakley

Finished cover with holes pierced - The making of a Caterpillar Stitch Book by Ruth Bleakley

Detail of holes for Caterpillar binding - The making of a Caterpillar Stitch Book by Ruth Bleakley

This is the secret for sewing a straight coptic stitch binding - The making of a Caterpillar Stitch Book by Ruth Bleakley

Sewing the cover onto the book with linen thread - The making of a Caterpillar Stitch Book by Ruth Bleakley

The making of a Caterpillar Stitch Book by Ruth Bleakley

Finished Caterpillar - The making of a Caterpillar Stitch Book by Ruth Bleakley

Handmade Caterpillar Stitch Journal by Ruth Bleakley

Cork paper end pages - handmade caterpillar stitch book by Ruth Bleakley

Finished Journal - The making of a Caterpillar Stitch Book by Ruth Bleakley

The idea was that Colleen loves to garden, so I wanted to create a book that used lots of lovely textured natural papers

from top to bottom using the photo above, here are the papers I used:

  • Brown with fibers – banana leaf paper from Thailand
  • Thin white stripe – yuzen from Japan
  • Green with silver stamp – Lokta from Nepal
  • Leaf paper – yes, real leaves! kozo paper from Thailand
  • white stripe on the spine – yuzen paper from Japan
  • dark green leaves – Lokta paper from Nepal
  • Endpapers (not shown, inside book) cork paper from Portugal
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