Using Fabric to Cover Books and Boxes Part I: Coptic Books

 Fabric backed with kozo paper; ready to use!

Fabric backed with kozo paper; ready to use!

 Carving recessed areas in the Davey board for windows.

Carving recessed areas in the Davey board for windows.

 Working on a second cover using the blue dragonfly imagery.

Working on a second cover using the blue dragonfly imagery.

 Sewing - adding the last section! I love how the stitching looks on the book's spine!

Sewing - adding the last section! I love how the stitching looks on the book's spine!

 Adding the back cover; this book is almost finished!

Adding the back cover; this book is almost finished!

I sometimes back fabric and then use it to cover books or boxes. I recently completed a suite of Coptic books and hinged boxes covered with fabrics purchased while traveling in Paris. 

I will focus on designing and sewing the Coptic books in this post.

 

 Selecting bits of ephemera to use with the books.

Selecting bits of ephemera to use with the books.

 Covered book exterior using dragonfly fabric and ephemera; interior covered with cork paper.   

Covered book exterior using dragonfly fabric and ephemera; interior covered with cork paper.

 

 Multiple books of various sizes - text blocks cut and folded! I am now ready for sewing.

Multiple books of various sizes - text blocks cut and folded! I am now ready for sewing.

 Starting to sew a Coptic book - using four needles!   

Starting to sew a Coptic book - using four needles!

 

 Completed books using vintage buttons and waxed linen thread for closures!

Completed books using vintage buttons and waxed linen thread for closures!