Sometimes it takes awhile to understand why I’m collecting something. I’ve been attracted for a long time to vintage postcards, particularly ones from the Smoky Mountains. After all, that’s were ‘Dan Springs’ comes from!
In the March/April 2010 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors there’s a great article by Jeannine Stein on making books from repurposed materials – postcards!! But you needed ‘book cloth’. ?? what to do? Then I came across a video by Anna Hawthorne on how to make your own book cloth! You need fabric (got that) and wonder under (always some on hand!).
So yesterday I put the two together and I’m very pleased with the results! I used some of my vintage postcards and plain cardstock for the covers; cereal boxes covered with old dictionary pages and printed cardstock for the backs; home made book cloth; and pages cut down from a large sketch book. I stitched the pages into the covers using black waxed beading thread I had on hand.
These probably won’t make it to the market, as they’re destined for our upcoming Mountain Art Retreat. But maybe one day soon!