This lovely blue waves french link journal combines two of my favorite things: fancy stitching and decorative paper! I combined four different types of decorative paper in this book, a blue and gold florentine pattern made in Italy, a blue waves pattern and white flower pattern both made in Japan (this pack of five chiyogami papers on Amazon is similar and very pretty), and a faux woodgrain pattern made in Nepal. It’s a global celebration of paper!
I stitched the book together on tapes (the blue bands you see) using French Link Stitch, a type of binding usually found on the insides of traditional hand bound books, but that is now revealed in a decorative fashion on the spine of this book.
It took me a little white to figure out how I wanted to lay out the papers on this book. I had fun mixing and matching combinations for the cover. I ultimately decided to have the paper with the gold ink at the top, similar to the sun. I place the waves in the middle as a dark blue contrast, so that from far away it would look like a blue stripe, and then the white and blue flowers at the bottom. The gold, blue and white also makes a sort of abstract landscape, like the flowers are growing on the “shore” of the beach.
I stitched the book together with a combination of French link stitches and regular straight stitches, and decided to enhance the text block by weaving in gold thread, which I found by unplying some gold and white baker’s twine that I had on hand for packaging up orders. I untwisted the white and gold twine and used just the gold parts, weaving it over and under the white waxed linen thread binding. The end result is a gorgeous, shimmering gold and blue journal that I’m really proud of! You can see if I have any available here, but I make pretty limited editions of my journals, so it may have sold out:
Journals are great gifts for the writers in your life, the English majors, the artists who would like to sketch inside the unlined pages, or anyone who is going through a new phase in life: new moms, recent graduates, empty nesters, friends who are moving, folks who are grieving… You can see all of my handmade books for sale here: Ruth Bleakley’s journals for sale on etsy.
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