I recently (some time in the past year, that is) got my hands on some beautiful orange handmade paper and I knew I wanted to do something special with it. I was listening to Bookbinding Now, a podcast hosted by Susan Mills, and Natalie Stopka was being interviewed. I’ve admired Natalie’s work for quite some time–it’s truly spectacular–and she’s a lovely person to boot. Anyway, after hearing her talk about the direction she’s taking her work in, I skipped on over to her blog for some visuals, and they did not disappoint.
I read her post about how she used an interlacing stitch to butt up two pieces of cloth on the cover of a book, and she provided links to diagrams. I knew in a moment this is what I wanted to do with my orange paper and I set about adapting it for use as a link stitch. I sacrificed one piece and folded it into an accordion to practice on, and once I had it right, I stitched up the real deal.
I actually came up with several patterns that worked equally well, but for this book I settled on a pattern of large and small diamonds, and the result is really lovely: