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The Hawthorn Diary by svenmarie The Hawthorn Diary by svenmarie
This is a diary I made for myself. It took me an unholy amount of time, not least because I moved this year and am working on a billion other projects. But I'm really glad with the results.

I tried a ton of new things with this, from binding on chords to the cover relief to the headbands to having an exposed back. I learned a lot, and all in all I'm proud of how it turned out. Yay experimentation! (:

I'm working on a commission right now, and after that I won't be able to take on new ones until the new year.

I'd sell something as complex and elegant as this for about 150 Euros. I took the best materials and put all my care and devotion in this, so it's worth every penny of that.
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snazzie-designz Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013   General Artist
Beautiful. I've never seen anything quite like it before. I love the idea of sewing around the chords, and the headbands are very unusual. Really cool :D
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crocodiledreams Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's nice! I haven't ever tried a cord binding. Is it any stiffer than coptic, or still sort of wiggly? Haven't tried headbands yet, either, but I've been looking at some methods. I'll probably give that a shot next time I bind something.
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svenmarie Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you!
I have never done a coptic bind, so I can't compare it. But it doesn't lie flat when you open it, it always tries to shut again.

I want to learn how to sew headbands on. It just looks soo elegant, but I bet it takes a lot of patience and practice.
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hazel-eyez-raine Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
It looks so small! I like!
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svenmarie Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you so much! (:
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hazel-eyez-raine Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
np
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Lawenta Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really beautiful, and clearly shows the care that went into the project. It seems to me it would be impossible to hide any mistakes or sloppy places in a book where everything is exposed like this. Great work!
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svenmarie Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you! I definitely put all my care and skills into this, and I'm proud of the result. (:
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space-wolf Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This piece was featured in my weekly art post on my personal writing/art blog Wolfish Written: [link]
I hope you don't mind!
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svenmarie Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Professional Writer
Oh wow, thank you so much! I'm so happy right now, this is awesome! I've had a crappy week, but this cheers me up right away!
I looked at the other art you featured, and it's great. I'm honoured to be included.
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space-wolf Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! This is beautiful. What sort of binding have you done to have the cords bare like that?
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svenmarie Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks! (:
I used the kettle stitch (here's a tutorial: [link]), but instead of having two holes on either side like you would with flat tape, I had only one per cord, so the thread goes out of the hole, loops around the cord and goes back into the same hole. Other than that the binding is the same. Then, instead of glueing the cords down on the endpapers/flyleaves, I left them loose and attached them to the cover boards.
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Folksaga Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thick visible cords are lovely, nice work :) I like to make those too but it takes such a long time !
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svenmarie Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank you! (:
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Gwenthyr Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice :) I like the shape of the cover and the way it's bound.
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svenmarie Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks so much! :hug:
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BCcreativity Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ok, so this is cool. I love the simplicity and the exposure of the cord and Headbands
Great Job!
Cheers
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svenmarie Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank you so much! I admire your work, so this means a lot to me. (:
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ThePressGang-ink Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very beautiful :)
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svenmarie Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks! (:
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ThePressGang-ink Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem I love exposed cord sewing :)
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