Worktable Wednesday

It feels like there’s not a lot of finishing going on in the studio lately. Well, I did finish this one coptic journal today, so that was something.

Coptic book sewing in progress

What I’m talking about is my annual September fever. That’s when I realize that Open Studio Weekend and classes and craft shows are right around the corner…and that my inventory is low. And why haven’t I been better about keeping up my inventory during the summer? Why, why, why?

So I start with the lists and the planning. What do I need to make? Do I have the materials? What are my upcoming deadlines?

Then the calendars come out…September – November. I block out days with classes and shows so I can see what my production availability looks like.


And once I know how much of each book I need, I can start cutting paper, bookboard, and bookcloth. I spend a lot of time hunched over my paper cutter. That’s why not much of anything else gets finished.

Sheets of paper

It might sound like I’m complaining, but of course, I love all of it.

The best part is when I need to shop for materials. Today I purchased one of my favorite things – ribbons! I have long been a super-fan of Offray‘s 1/4″ double-faced satin ribbons – they’re affordable, good quality, and super affordable. You can usually get a 10 yard spool for $0.25 when on sale.

I bought my usual colors of ivory and black, but also one spool each of some new fluorescent colors – yellow, pink, green, and orange. I have no idea how I’ll use them, but the colors were just screaming at me.


Are fluorescent colors officially back “in” again? I must be out of the eighties rewind.

6 Responses to “Worktable Wednesday”

By Randi Parkhurst - 11 September 2014 Reply

Hi Elissa-
There is something haywire-your emails from Blue Roof. They are coming in every 10 seconds to my email, filling it up!

By Elissa - 11 September 2014 Reply

Randi –

I’m so sorry! I’m looking into the problem. Hopefully the Emails will stop coming soon.


By merrickgrutchfield - 11 September 2014 Reply

Hey Elissa, I don’t think you meant to, but you sent me 61 copies of this
email. Hopefully I am the only one. good luck with your prep work!

By Elissa - 12 September 2014 Reply

Merrick –

Sadly, you’re not the only one. 🙁 I’m working on figuring out what happened. Bad technology, bad.


By sheila.murraynellis - 12 September 2014 Reply

I just received about a hundred emails from you all at once. I want to give you the benefit of the doubt, so I am writing this email to see if you can fix it. If not I will unsubscribe. I’ll wait until tomorrow, though.

By Elissa - 12 September 2014 Reply

Sheila –

Everything should be fixed now. The email notification got caught up in a sending loop that obviously failed. I am so sorry for the 100 emails!


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