Saturday, February 21, 2009

chicken tamales

Oh, I do so adore chicken tamales. I had a craving for them last week. My faves are the Oaxacan Tamaleo ones, wrapped in banana leaves. But you have to go to the farmer's market to get them, so I occasionally buy ones in stores. I bought some at Central Market recently mostly because they came in a little cloth baggie. I'm a sucker for things that come in little cloth baggies. So, of course, you have to figure out something to do with the baggie depués, and I thot, why not turn it into bookcloth and bind a book with it? So that's what I did.

Perhaps you can guess what the problem is when you turn a baggie into bookcloth: the baggie determines the size of the book, unless you want to run the design over the edges. I didn't want to do that, so I measured and then cut some boards to get them to fit the back cover. It had more type on it and so was the determiner of the size. I wanted to have some thickness to the book (it's blank, 80# Strathmore writing text in soft white), but couldn't have too much because there wasn't much room between the front and back of the bag.

I could've done a few more signatures, but I just wanted to get started binding. First I had to sew a headband. That's the thing that peaks up on the spine of the book - usually a piece of cloth just glued on, but in this case it's a sewn headband.

And then, of course I had to come up with some endpapers, so I found some images of a chicken and an ear of corn and made up a couple sheets in InDesign, and ran them off on my new Epson printer.

And, that was basically it, in terms of design, anyway. The hardest part of binding books, for me, is letting them dry in the press overnight. They really should dry a lot longer than that. I actually let this one dry about 36 hours before I had to take it out and show it to someone because it was just so darn cute!

And now I'll have to figure out what to do with it.


judemowris said...

Oh gosh....I don't know.......give it away? :)
(hey)Jude <------ a lurker

Roz said...

It is beyond cute Wendy. I love, love, love it. I love the "bookcloth" and I love the endsheets. Fantastic.


Ricë said...

oh, wendy, this is FABULOUS! i love it, and i love the endpapers--how cool that you can design and print your own paper.

and hey, jude--be sure to check out my blog tomorrow if you're thinking how fabulous it would be for wendy to give away a journal--woo-hoo!

Amy in Austin said...

Hey, long lost blogger! I love the chickens ;-). What epson did you get?

wendy hale davis said...

It's an Epson 1400. I like it mostly. I am having some trouble with printing 13x19 on it, but small, it's fab.

judemowris said...

Rice, I DO read your blog first thing every morning! However, tomorrow I have to get out the door at the butt crack of dawn and drive 60 miles to do jury duty. I would so much rather stay home and paint fabric! I will check in later in the day!

aka: eye-poppers said...

I need to talk to my tamale supplier. I just get a plastic bag. Did I read correctly that you made your own headbands? What a good idea. I'm new to your blog and I'll be checking in frequently.