Sneak peak

I’ve been busy with a lot of things these past couple of months, not the least of which was an intensive French course paid for by the French government, as part of my visa requirements, and all the visits, appointments, and paperwork necessary to purchase an apartment in France (So. Many. Documents.). But here’s a sneak peak of what I’ve been very slowly working on. Hopefully I will be able to complete the project sometime soon!

preparations

sneakpeak

Japanese stab bind #51: taco shells

This bind design sketch started out quite differently, but I couldn’t get the logistics to work right so it morphed into this one. It continues my exploration of circles in this medium. So not what I was hoping for, but not bad either. Those three holes at the bottom right of each semi-circle have to be extremely large to accommodate all the threads coming in and out of it! This bind has 36 holes, probably intermediate level. Distance from spine is 1 3/8″ or 3.4cm.

JSB- taco shells

JSB- taco shells detail

Japanese stab bind #50: elephants

This elephant pattern was somewhat of a challenge to draw, but even worse for creating the holes. Unless you are very, very careful, this pattern probably can’t get much smaller than what it is here, 1.25″/3.1cm from the spine edge. Those holes around the tusks are *very* close together. It also requires 96 holes, just for three elephants! I’d definitely call it an advanced pattern, if only for the setup. Pretty adorable, right?

JSB- elephant

JSB- elephant2

Japanese stab binding tutorial: tiara

jsb-tiara

By popular request, the tiara pattern. Sorry this has taken so long, I’ve had a lot of personal stuff going on and I thought I had lost the pattern instructions and was going to have to recreate them from memory, but I found the paper today, yay! So here it is. A beginning bind, with only one small tricky part in the middle. Click on any photo to enlarge.

hole pattern

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sewing pattern

jsb.tiara

EXIT = needle pointed DOWN and ENTER = needle pointed UP
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enter 1 (leave a tail but don’t knot it), wrap right edge, enter 1 again
exit 2, wrap around spine, exit 2 again
enter 1
exit 3
enter 4
exit 3
enter 5
exit 6
enter 5
exit 7
enter 8
exit 7
enter 9
exit 10
enter 9
exit 2
enter 9
exit 11
enter 4
exit 11, wrap around spine, exit 21
wrap around spine through loop, point left, exit 11
enter 12
exit 6
enter 12
exit 13
enter 8
exit 13
enter 14
exit 15
enter 14
exit 16
enter 10
exit 16
enter 17
exit 18
enter 17
exit 19
enter 20
exit 19
enter 21
exit 23
enter 21
exit 22
enter 28
exit 22
enter 15
exit 22
enter 24
exit 18
enter 24
exit 25
enter 20
exit 25
enter 26
exit 23
enter 26
exit 27, wrap around left edge, exit 27 again
enter 28, wrap around spine, enter 28 again
exit 27
enter 26
exit 25
enter 24
exit 22
enter 21
exit 19
enter 17
exit 16
enter 14
exit 13
enter 12
exit 11
enter 9
exit 7
enter 5
exit 3, tie off

jsb-tiaradetail

Japanese stab binding #49: giraffe

I’ve started a series of animal stab binds, just to see how many I can create and how recognizable they are. Next up, elephants and a lion!

This giraffe bind has 55 holes and is only complicated in the middle, as the holes look random when unsewn and knowing which is which is a bit tricky. Otherwise it’s pretty straightforward! It would make a cute baby book/picture album.

JSB- giraffe-side

JSB- giraffe