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Sister’s Bookmaking Afternoon

December 3, 2010

How often do I take the opportunity to teach others cool projects? Almost never! But I’m trying to change that by inviting family and friends over to play. On Thursday morning I called my big sister in Eugene and invited her to come create a book of her choice. My sister is a quilter and maker of anything in fabric or fiber (weaving, crochet, etc..) but she had never tried her hand with books.  After showing her a bunch of book style examples, she decided to create a 20 page album with hemp-leaf binding (Asa noha toji). I worked right along side her with the same design. It took us about 5 hours to complete.  Below are some images of her working and the finished books.

Here is the happy participant ready to work.

Our basic tools:

Mitering corners:

Finished front and back cover. Beautiful paper choice Kim! She was so happy to have such a wide choice of paper to choose from.  Yes, I’m a paper junkie and she is a fabric junkie.

A happy sister with her completed book!

Our books-

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  1. December 3, 2010 4:37 pm

    At first I thought you were off to the horse racing track.

    Plug 麻の葉綴じ into google for some other examples. I was intrigued to learn that its called that because the seam (threading?) is in the shape of hemp leaves.

    • paperstew permalink*
      December 3, 2010 7:36 pm

      Now how does one actually say it correctly in Japanese? I probably screwed up on the spacing between the letters. Nice to have friends be able to correct my Japanese!

      • December 3, 2010 7:51 pm

        Asa (麻) means hemp.

        No (の) is the possessive, like an apostrophe mark (‘).

        Ha (葉) is leaf.

        Toji (綴じ)is binding.

        In Japanese, no spaces are inserted between words. I was able to get it the way you wrote it. It’s not always easy to figure out Japanese written in roman characters.

        You would say it asa-no-ha-toji flatly, with little or no emphasis on any one syllable. “a” is never pronounced like in “apple”; it’s like in “all.” “no” is like our “no”. “ha” is like “hah” in laughing. “toji” would be like toe – gee, except each syllable is short, not drawn out. There are 5 syllables, so it would be like saying 5 eighth notes on a piano. Each syllable gets the same amount of time.

        Well, you asked 🙂

      • paperstew permalink*
        December 4, 2010 7:36 am

        Excellent! Just what I was hoping you could provide.
        Thanks so much Chris!

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