|The front cover - Couching Embroidery|
Lovely OAK Handmade journal or guest-book stitched on cords by Australian book artist Jean Hall.
The covers are cut from MDF and painted black then waxed with beeswax.
The front of the journal is decorated with couching hand embroidery,
handmade beads, metallic beads, gold cord, french knots and tiny seed beads.
Spine cords are green jute cord and are crossed at the back for added strength
(as show in the illustration below) and in the photos.
The unique method of stitching that I use to bind my journals evolved from the coptic stitch
and involves stitching on cords leaving an open spine.
This allows each book to open comfortably flat.
This is a wonderful feature when writing, gluing or sketching and also makes the spine stronger.
All pages are white bond blank paper with no lines.
This book has 144 pages.
Cover Size: (17cm X 22.5cm) ( 6 5/8" x 8 3/4" approx.)
COVER MATERIAL: Painted & Waxed MDF
|Close up detail|
|Another shot of the front cover with beaded couching embroidery|
|Shot showing the back of the spine with crossed cords.|
|The inside front cover.|