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January 22, 2008

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quirkyartist

These have beautiful covers. The stitching looks fine too. You get more competent as you do them. I have made a lot of them now, and it is like knitting - you have to get used to having the right tension.
You are probably making it hard for yourself, doing it all with one long thread. I was taught to join them with kettle stitch. I have Keith A's Volume 1. It is not easy to read. Easy, once you've already made the structure. But kettle stitch is so easy - not worth buying an expensive book like that to learn.Oh, and I just checked the book and it is only mentioned twice and so hard to understand. If you look on this web page
http://michaelshannon.us/makeabook/index2.html
third picture from the bottom, shows exactly how to do a kettle stitch.

Lee Kottner

Thanks for the kind words. I do feel like I'm getting a bit more competent. Eight more books in the works, which should give me a good grounding. I may even try a couple of different stitches too. It's getting to be addictive. Funny you should say I'm making it harder with such a long thread, because that's how I was taught! Like Mac vs. PC, isn't it? It's what you've learned first. I'll definitely try your suggestion, though I seem to have gotten the knack of the long thread now.

I like the Keith Smith books, but they do take a bit of puzzling out. I usually stare at them for a bit and then, if I'm lucky, I have an aha! moment where the illustration suddenly makes sense. But the link you posted is very clear. Thanks for that!

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