Black Crafters Guild

African Diasporans creating, decorating, and artistically altering by hand


I have found book jewellery (also referred to as "book thongs", but the term "thong" conjures disgusting images for me, and, the synonyms are negative) to be much better than a traditional bookmark. They're unobtrusive and easier to use. I love them and want to provide them with at least 1/2 of my books. My next purchase of bookmaking material will render me almost 400 books. It'll take me forever to paint the covers and so I won't order/make the jewellery all at once. Plus, I can only buy them gradually anyway. I should've had many more by now but bills got in the way. Bleh. I am going to try cowrie shell book jewellery but I doubt the shells will be heavy enough for the cord I'd use. Well, we'll see.

I'm working on some books for a gallery in Toronto.

I've decided to keep books at 3 sizes after I run out of my material: 4x6, 5x7 and 5.5x8.5.

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Comment by Christine Burton on August 5, 2010 at 16:12
Hey Cheryl, your post was 2 years ago but I wanted to respond. I have gotten one of those book "thongs" you mentioned and have yet to use it. I believe the one time I received it I tried it and I was afraid of damaging it because I carry stuff in a tote bag and throw shoes, lunch and whatever else in the tote as well. My book thong hangs on a jewelry rack and hasn't been looked at again. :0) I may give it another chance to see if it really works well. I like the ribbon bookmark that is attached to the book itself, so that's my take on the matter. C'ya.
Comment by cheryl on December 17, 2008 at 11:30
Hey all you cardmakers on this ning, check out this calendar I found on Etsy.
It appears to be made of scrapbooking materials. I'm planning to create some calendars for 2010, but for now I'm just buying others'. I'd be happy to buy yours next year too.
Comment by cheryl on September 7, 2008 at 12:57
I just realised that the book jewellery may be better suited to books for reading, rather than writing. I will test this. If anyone has used book jewellery for a journal or notebook, please lmk.

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