13 Dec 2017

Notebooklet - Christmas trees

Time to do some bookbinding. Well bookbinding might be 
slightly exagerated. It is a notebook DIN A5 for some
notes with very thin paper. I want to take it with me always
and it may neither be thick nor heavy.


The style of binding is called Schmetterlingsbindung
(in English butterfly binding - there exists certainly a better and
more professional name for it)

You do it with 4 needles for four holes - I bought a awl to
make the holes and it works very well - instead of using
a thick sharp needle 

I took magazine papers and reinforced the double page with 
„wonder-under“ - paper-backed fusible web.
The back cover is showing frozen berries.
I stitched through all signatures and through the front cover

The front cover and below the backcover

I left the binding threads hanging out - because I like it !
You might have seen it on Instagram - if not so
here is a fantastic design (I used another stitch) for „Trees for Christmas“ 
of Mary Corbet. Go to visit her blog                      
and you will see eleven more lovely designs for Christmas trees. 
You can download the e-book for very little and get a perfect 
description of it.
I like to support Mary because she had a very hard time the two last years.
But read yourself and follow her on her blog. Lots of hints and
book reviews and how-to stitch videos.

I used stem stitch and wrapped it

When grandsons were still children, I made this calendar to
count the days from Dec 1st till the 24th.

A calendar withouth sweets, but with stars to be buttoned on till the
Holy Night - 24th December (In German we all it Adventskalender)


  1. That is a great Adventkalendar - we have them in Sweden, too, but I've never seen one with button-on stars.
    Lovely books and great covers.
    Yes, Mary's Needle 'n Thread is THE site for information on anything stitchy.

  2. What fun...bookbinding! I love your notebook!

  3. You've been working hard, Anneliese! LOVE the little bound book! And the Advent Calendar is wonderful. There are so many around here with a lot of chocolate in them, which is lovely ... BUT!!!! I wish you a wonderful Christmas, Anneliese and the best of everything for you and your family in the New Year!

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