Red Quadrant

Art, books, jewelry, and other things

Some progress shots of a custom order that I just finished! The covers are in one of my favorite silks, which is beautiful in person but never photographs the same way twice. 

Made myself a little reclaimed leather journal to keep track of my dye experiments. I’ve been curious about natural dyeing for a while, and now I have zero excuses not to give it a shot. 

Today I decided to try dyeing with black beans, because I’ve seen some people get some lovely blues. I soaked the dry beans in water overnight, then put the water in a jar with my fiber. The downside of this method is that it takes a couple of days, and I am not a patient person. There is an upside though: I made amazing veggie burgers with the beans :)

I’ll have pictures in a couple days of hopefully awesome blue yarn :)

theparisreview:

When Charlotte Brontë was thirteen and her brother, Branwell, was twelve, they designed and wrote a series of tiny books: “Measuring less than one inch by two inches, the books were made from scraps of paper and constructed by hand. Despite their diminutive size, the books contained big adventures, written in ink in careful script.”
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theparisreview:

When Charlotte Brontë was thirteen and her brother, Branwell, was twelve, they designed and wrote a series of tiny books: “Measuring less than one inch by two inches, the books were made from scraps of paper and constructed by hand. Despite their diminutive size, the books contained big adventures, written in ink in careful script.”

For more of this morning’s roundup, click here.

(via gatzbookbinding)

theprettiestboy:

I came across cunningfoxwitch's travel kit a little while ago and was completely enchanted, so of course I had to make my own!

It contains a striker and matches, a candle, a small vial of rose salt, a miniature tarot deck, a blank book, a walnut and copper wand, and a set of runes in a deer hide pouch.  

The book cover and the tarot case are both silk bookcloth sewn with hand spun silk thread. I’m probably going to do a couple of individual posts on the little book and the rune set later.

I generally don’t talk much about religious stuff over here, because it’s a little on the personal side. I’m really proud of some of the things I made for this kit though, so after some thought I decided to bring it over here from my personal blog. This is what that little book was for :)

I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t taken any time for myself, so I forced myself to slow down and make this little guy for my own use. It’s an inch and a half tall, and all the pages fold out for better writing area. It’s bound in silk bookcloth with hand spun silk thread and a mother of pearl button closure. It lives in an altoid tin with a few other little things that I like to travel with :) 

updownbindery:

My first attempt at DIY bookcloth was a total success. It doesn’t hurt that I was working with a super luscious pink dupioni silk.

This is such an awesome new technique, and it opens all kinds of doors for me in terms of fabric types and colors I can use.

I think I might have to make a tutorial of the process, too. It’s pretty easy, but I don’t think it’s widely discussed.

It looks so great!

It’s my favorite technique as well, and I use it for everything. I took a bunch of pictures the last time I did it with the vague idea of putting a tutorial together, but never got around to it. You should do it so I don’t have to ;)

IT’S HERE!

pictures soon

There’s 10 pounds of wool roving on its way to me, and the shipping status just ticked over to “out for delivery”

I grabbed this photo a little while ago, while I was working on this pendant. I think it came out looking pretty cool :)

I grabbed this photo a little while ago, while I was working on this pendant. I think it came out looking pretty cool :)

gatzbookbinding:

Using my new machine. I am so in love with it!!!

So much envy. It looks great!

gatzbookbinding:

Using my new machine. I am so in love with it!!!

So much envy. It looks great!

Progress shot of a Terezi Pyrope inspired journal I was working on the other day. It’s got teal silk bookcloth, red and gold dragon skin paper covers, and a pocket on the inside cover. 
I’ll try and get a picture of the finished book up soon :)

Progress shot of a Terezi Pyrope inspired journal I was working on the other day. It’s got teal silk bookcloth, red and gold dragon skin paper covers, and a pocket on the inside cover. 

I’ll try and get a picture of the finished book up soon :)

Let me not to the marriage of true mindsAdmit impediments. Love is not loveWhich alters when it alteration finds,Or bends with the remover to remove:O no; it is an ever-fixed mark, That looks on tempests, and is never shaken;It is the star to every wandering bark,Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks Within his bending sickle’s compass come; Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, But bears it out even to the edge of doom.If this be error and upon me proved,I never writ, nor no man ever loved. 

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no; it is an ever-fixed mark, 
That looks on tempests, and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks 
Within his bending sickle’s compass come; 
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, 
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved. 

(Source: etsy.com)

Remember this mystery spinning project? These double ended dreadlocks made their debut at the great blue heron music festival, and they were such a huge success that I’ll be offering them online as well :) 

Remember this mystery spinning project? These double ended dreadlocks made their debut at the great blue heron music festival, and they were such a huge success that I’ll be offering them online as well :) 

gatzbookbinding:

Friday is Creative Friday, a day to try new things. Today I learnt Celtic braid :).

Wow!

gatzbookbinding:

Friday is Creative Friday, a day to try new things. Today I learnt Celtic braid :).

Wow!