Some progress has been made on the book to keep my stitching samples in. The outer boards have been cut and are covered in fabric that I dyed first in onion skins, then indigo. The inner pages are a mix of heavy weight linens; I was tempted choose an off-white linen but in the end decided to go wild and introduce a little colour. Still, I don't think there's anything so loud in the mix that it will clash with any of my samples, or not work as a background for any stitching I want to do directly on the pages. There are six fabric signatures in total, all of which have been saddle stitched and are ready to be coptic stitched together. I haven't yet decided on the binding, but if the coptic stitching turns out well, then I might add eyelets to the boards and thread them together with something resembling a fishtail plait. If the coptic stitching turns out a bit 'bleugh' then I'll hide it under a more conventional fabric binding.
Talking of stitched books…
Here is some stitching I did while on holiday. I couldn't decide what fabric to take, so just took needles, thread and a blank note book. Pricking out all of the holes was murder on my fingers–next time, I'll cover the end of the needle with a plaster to give my fingers a little cushioning. I do wonder if the fact that I passed several hours doing this rather than staring contentedly at the sea suggests I'm a masochistic fidget who is unable to sit still and simply enjoy the view! At the very least, with all those boats sailing by, you'd think I might have chosen a nautical theme to draw in stitch.