I have a thing for sewing notions. And for making books.
I probably have enough notions to be a professional seamstress--if only I possessed that skill-set, or even had the slightest measure of patience to sit down and learn it more fully. I cannot even sew an automatic buttonhole using the 3-easy-steps printed right on the front of my sewing machine. The machine for which I have never even cracked open the manual. Pathetic really.
In the meantime, I have been sewing up little woolen felt notions books; a sweet place to securely stash all of the pins + needles. A spot to stitch down an extra button, or hold a little this-and-that for quick retrieval or clothing repair. Or even just a charmingly nostalgic soft book and beautiful object to set out on my studio desk, and hold on occasion. They are such a great scale to the hand; so easy to hold.
All of these photos are details of the most recent book I whipped up for my sister. Someone who does know how to sew, and quite proficiently.
Again, as with all things I enjoy to make on occasion, I find myself dreaming up a small side business of making and selling these en masse. It's the joy of selecting striking color combinations, the layering of pages + pockets, and all of the lovely details + attributes of bookmaking that draw me in. And the honest I-lack-professional-sewing-skills construction of them, transparent and revealing of all the structural and decorative stitches. No holds barred.