Tuesday, February 8, 2011


So I think I spent most of my childhood making books, particularly miniature books. I had a whole series of tiny books with illustrated stories in them and a staple holding them together. I wish I still had those! Someone told me once he remembered me bringing them to class for show and tell. I had forgotten about that and I was embarrassed when he told me but now I'm thinking it's pretty cute.

I spent the rest of the time trying to acquire miniature books. They used to have miniature joke books in bubble gum machines but the tricky part was getting one because most of the bubbles just had gum. You could spend a lot trying to get a bubble with a book! Several years ago I found some on ebay though, so I have 3 of those.
Anyway I just finished making my HOM secretary desk and decided it needed lots of books. I thought the joke books would work but they were just a wee bit too big. The shelves aren't very tall so the books have to be really tiny. I measured a paperback and Bradley helped me work out the right size for 1:12 scale and it was smaller than the joke books.

So I made lots of books. They're perfect bound - a glued spine - with origami paper covers. They have real pages that are blank like a little notebook or sketchbook. While I was at it I made a couple of sketchbooks that are a bit larger and thinner and a few smaller notebooks. The sketchbooks and notebooks have brown paper backs to look like the cardboard back of a notebook. Then I even made two really tiny plain notepads.

These are my first tiny handmade items for the "tiny handmade" section of the needle book shop! I'm selling little book sets with combinations of books, sketchbooks, notebooks and notepads.
the teacup is a little wooden one, the only remaining piece from a set I bought in Scotland when I was little.
The desk still needs some knobs and a bit of touching up, but I think it looks cute with all the books. I'd like some little mugs/cups as well for the pencils I'm going to make. But for now I accessorized with a plastic thimble, little cup shaped button and a tiny dish from the dish set I showed you before.


Jend said...

Adorable! You are so talented. And I am so envious of your lovely dollhouse.

Ann said...

I LOVE mini books! I poignantly remember at the age of 5 when I saw (and was able to touch) a real dollhouse (not the junky plastic ones). The thing that amazed me the most was the tiny books with the little pages that I was able to turn.

Fab job on you little books! I made something similar a few months ago with origami paper for the cover (don't you just love them!) but the funny thing about minis is that they're easily misplaced ;-T

Also.. great job on the desk!

Jend said...

I'm anxious for an update!

Claire Louise Milne said...

Thanks Jen, I'm working on it :)

Anonymous said...

I have a number of those old mini jokes books from bubble gum machines. Let me know if you are interested. Nick

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