japanese stab binding #26: peacock

During a very long flight to Richmond, Virginia, my friend Mel challenged me to create a bind based on a peacock feather. This is the result. It looks like one to me…does it to anyone else?

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Japanese stab binding #24: crocus

This is a fairly advanced binding. The edge-wrapping is much more complicated than my other binds, and the directionality of several holes change (exiting vs. entering) but I liked the way it turned out. There are 53 holes! The instructions are written, if anyone wants to try it. Though the diagram might take me a bit longer to create…

speedy stitcher

I found this on sale at the local hardware store. Did I need it? Umm…no. But I couldn’t resist! I have no idea what I will make with it yet, but I have a lot of leather to experiment with. And the waxed thread is exactly like regular bookbinding thread.

The needles are crazy sharp! I usually manage to stab myself every stab bind or two…but this point could do a lot more damage! Guess I’ll have to be extra careful.

I bought over half a dozen pounds of shoe leather scrap last year. This isn’t even half of my stash. Stay tuned as I figure out how to use it…