I'm slowly assembling what I need to bind my own journals and Bob is helping with ideas for making a book press from floorboard offcuts and wingnuts and bolts. I've collected the glue and thread from Anne and rearranged the back bedroom as a workshop. Anne has also given me some very interesting ideas for different styles of covers. I'm amazed at how busy she is as a bookbinder in a tiny village, she has got some fascinating projects of restoration and can't ever see herself going into retirement!
Yesterday I tore up 25 sheets of mi-teintes paper to make into sketchbooks. I had bought a lot of lovely pale pastel colours from a local art department that is closing down. Next step will be the stitching of the pages into book inners in different sizes and deciding on the covers.
I have a collection of patchwork fat quarters and other bits and pieces to use and I've also been eyeing up a few old shirts as potential covers, anything is possible. It's a shame they don't have charity shops over here otherwise I could find all sorts of useful old clothes to cut up!