Artful Recycling · exposed sewing · simple book binding

Milk Cap Cover Book

I recently had a hankering to locally source (scavenge) some materials to use to make a book.

I have a bit of a collection of materials from a couple of fine local businesses. One is Blind Buck Interiors, a drapery and upholstery business, which has provided me with a many wallpaper and fabric sample books. Another is the Battenkill Creamery, a dairy which has a dedicated herd from which they process their own milk right on the farm. The milk can be bought in returnable glass bottles topped with a substantial plastic cap, which is not returnable. I have lots of caps.

I took some milk caps and sewed them on to some upholstery samples.

I started this project mostly because I had been admiring some circles that my daughter had been coloring in. She had made a graphically lovely pages of colored in circles, and I wanted to do some colorful circles too. I had some leftover scraps of watercolor washes lying around, so I punched out some circles and glued them to the caps.

I sewed in just a few signatures, using a simple butterfly stitch that I picked up from one of Keith Smith’s books. I used round shoe laces instead of thread, as the proportions seemed right and they were handy. One thing I like about making books is being able to use anything I feel like using to assemble a book.

This little book stands alone in how it stands alone. It already has a new home, but while it was still here every time I saw it I felt happy. It just looks so silly and lovely.

6 thoughts on “Milk Cap Cover Book

    1. HI Phyllis!
      The description for the butterfly can be found in Exposed Spine Sewings by Keith Smith, starting on page 220. Take a look at https://bookzoompa.wordpress.com/2009/12/15/origami-pamphlets-sewn-together/ for a better look at a thread sewn butterfly stitched book.

      I have been enjoying watching your website http://phyllisjarvinen.com/ for the last couple of years. I LOVE the rainbow selection of longstitch books that’s on your homepage right now.

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