The first Small Journal I made was my Butterfly Journal. I took pics when I made another one, so I could post their instructions.
5 pages of Stonehenge make a Small Journal with 3 sections (with some leftover).
Folded pages are a quarter sheet of Stonehenge.
6 quarter sheets of Stonehenge per section.
My Butterfly Journal has 3 sections, but a journal could be made with more sections, or just two.
Mark one hole from each edge 1" in. There are 5 holes total about 2 1/4" apart.
Be sure the sections are all oriented the same way - I put the 'deckle' (the decorative uneven edge) across the top. Keep them all oriented the same way when poking holes and when sewing.
I usually pull out a full double arm's length of bookmaking thread (one hand to the other outstretched) plus a few extra inches. I measured one of my threads before sewing and it was 56" long. So, I would measure about that long to be sure you have enough. You can always trim after sewing. I would use this length even with a Small Journal, to be sure you never run short on thread, which I did as you will see below (in the original post, way at the bottom).
Start sewing from outside of Section 1.
Go into 1st hole at the top deckle edge.
Come out 1st hole at the bottom.
Set Section 2 on top of Section 1.
Be sure they are oriented the same way! Deckles together!
Go into 1st hole of Section 2 immediately above that hole.
Hold so you can get to insides of both sections.
Go out 2nd hole Section 2.
Go into 2nd hole Section 1 and loop the long inside stitch - go back out same hole.
Go into 2nd hole Section 2.
Go down the line - out the next hole, down into Section 1, loop the long stitch and back out, then back up and into Section 2 and back out the next hole.
Go out the last hole of Section 2 and into the last hole of Section 1.
Loop the last hole Section 1 and go back out. Both ends of the thread should be there.
Now sew Section 3 to the other two:
You know what? I took photos while I was sewing, but I didn't make any notes and haven't looked at them for over a month, and now I have forgotten exactly what I did. The next time I make one of these, I will make note of what I do and will update this post so it has clear directions. I don't want this post to languish in my Drafts forever, so it will be updated eventually. Eventually. (That is a Star Wars The Old Republic game joke - "Eventually!" I don't play it; Steve does.)
UPDATE: October 2015 I made another one and took more photos to show what I did. New photos and text are in italics. And in case you haven't guessed, this isn't an exact science and it's difficult to do the same thing every time.
This is just after I went into the first hole at the top (deckle) edge of Section 1 - then I pulled the thread all the way across to take the needle out the first hole at the other end:
Taking the needle out of Section 1 and into Section 2. I realize as I was sewing I left Section 1 on top, so later it wound up in the middle. See? Not an exact science! I made it work.
This shows the 'looping' of the thread, where you bring the needle inside the folded section, loop it around that long stitch, and then send the needle right back out the same hole:
THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT: DO NOT PULL THE THREAD TOO TAUT. If you pull the thread very taut while sewing, it will pull the paper and tear it while you are using the book. Set the sections down to determine the correct tautness of the thread. You will be picking up the sections and setting them down a lot during the sewing process.
Out the top section and into the bottom section. Sometimes I have to poke the needle through one page at a time if it won't go through all of them smoothly - don't force it or you may end up poking a hole out to the side from the original hole.
Here I am adding Section 3, with Section 1 still in the middle. Oh, well! It really doesn't matter where the tail ends are in the finished book.
Into the first hole at the top and back out 2nd hole:
Now this is the tricky part with adding a 3rd section to a book. When you bring the thread out, you have to loop the stitch below. I think I may have looped it in the wrong direction (you are supposed to loop in the direction you are sewing). But since it's just one loop, it doesn't really matter.
Remember: DO NOT pull the thread too taut - set the journal down and only pull the thread as taut as it needs to be. It should be straight and relaxed, not pulled very tight.
Close-ups of the loops:
When I reached the end, since this journal has an odd number of sections, the thread was at the opposite end of the beginning tail thread. To get the thread back up, I sent the needle into sections, then sent the needle back out the next hole up (toward the top), at different places in all three sections. (Rather than looping it all the way up inside one section as I did with the last journal - see photos at end of post.) I brought the thread out at the same first hole where I began, so both thread ends were at the same place. I tied it twice and left the long tail.
Here is the finished October 2015 Journal. The first loop stayed a bit loose, but that's okay. These are handmade and not intended to be perfect.
OLD PICS FROM 2014:
Here I am stitching two sections together:
I know when I added the third section I sent the thread out and had to loop around the stitch on the other two sections. I took photos but because I don't remember exactly what I did in what order, I have photos but no good explanation. I will be making another Small Journal when I fill up the current one, so these instructions will be updated. (Updated October 2015)
I wanted to show looping the stitch (above) and then going through and tying a knot (below).
Better picture of the knot:
I wound the thread inside one of the sections to get it back to the top:
Then I sent the thread end out. Note how I ran short on length! I used a shorter thread instead of my usual long length.
Because one thread was too short to tie off, I looped them outside and then sent back inside to tie off:
I tied a knot and then wound the end around the thread:
This is the other end thread.
This is what happens when I have too many projects going on at once and can't get everything done on time. I should have scribbled instructions while I was working. Note for future reference!
They don't make canvas panels the size I need for Small Journal covers, so it's better to make my own covers (see my Covers blog post). Next time I will have to buy chipboard (bookmaking cardboard) but this time I had two spiral drawing pads I bought a couple years ago. I never used them. I cut off the cardboard backing to use as covers for my Stillness Journal:
I glued lightweight canvas scraps over the cardboard as a protective layer - below is front and back of the covers:
I cut out some gessoed canvas scraps to glue onto the covers. I am a big fan of using what I have on hand.
I prepped the canvas-coated cardboard covers (after the glue dried) - marking them for gluing:
Draw a pencil line 3/8" from side edge and top and bottom edges for placement when gluing on covers.
Small Journal Covers:
Apply glue to the page - NOTE the magazine pages taped together to make a scrap 'glue paper' to brush the glue over the page:
Press the glued page onto cover, placing along the pencil guidelines. If misplaced you can pull up the paper, but only once or the glue begins to dry. It doesn't have to be perfect.
Whoops! I forgot the buffer canvas page!
Okay, press down:
Here is the other cover being attached:
Here is the scrap canvas being glued onto the cover - note the little shapes in pencil to be sure I am gluing the correct scrap onto its matching cover (because I cut them individually to fit). It probably wouldn't have been a big deal had I glued them another way, but I wanted them to be even, since I cut them freehand.
Applying glue to the other side's scrap canvas:
Placing and pressing down:
PREP FOR DRYING:
I placed a large scrap canvas on the table (Big Journal size):
Then placed the Small Journal onto it, right in the middle, with all the scrap canvas pages sandwiched inside the covers to guard against accidental gluing:
And another large scrap canvas on top of the Small Journal:
And a large heavy book (coffeetable books work great for this):
And leave it to dry overnight (I generally leave 24 hours):
And covers are attached! When you open the book, some glue may have seeped out onto the scrap canvas pages, so peel them off carefully.
Here is my Stillness Journal cover:
Since I got rid of all my acrylic paint, I used my water-soluble Neocolor II crayons and clear gesso to add some color to the covers. Even the writing - I drew it in crayon and then fixed by carefully brushing over the writing with clear gesso. Because I used clear gesso, the surface is very rough. It still needs to be finished and Varnished - I have a separate post on Varnishing. And this small journal is no longer my Stillness Journal - I glued another canvas scrap over this. It currently has no name.