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25 December 2006 @ 06:20 am
Tea book.  
Inspired (quite some time ago now!) by sasayaku in this post: http://community.livejournal.com/handmadebooks/207593.html

tea book!

I'd really liked the idea of a tea book that included the tea bags too, so I'd been saving individual bags of assorted teas for a while with the vague idea of binding them all together eventually. I just made this a few mornings ago as a gift for a friend, someone who shares my enjoyment of tea. It was a bit spur of the moment and not particularly well thought out, but she was surprised and really liked it.

18 tea envelopes sewn to card, which were bound with external stitching to a leather wraparound cover (with a tie closure so that as the tea gets used and the book gets smaller, it can be closed tighter).

The last "page" (purple marbled, on the right in the next photo) is a rip-out coupon good for going out for tea on me sometime.

The top of the leather cover is shorter than the envelopes just now so that when the tops of the envelopes are ripped off, the whole thing will be level.

If she's careful in ripping only the tops of the envelopes off to get at the bags, she could possibly reuse it for other things (little notes or stamps? other tea bags? small jewelry?) after all the tea is gone.

I think I might play around with the general idea again; I wonder if there's a functional way do this with loose leaf teas, perhaps in little sealed individual manila envelopes. Or maybe a "book" that opens up to reveal a little tea kit among the pages, with a loop to hold a small spoon and a pouch for a tea bag and a pocket for a packet of sugar. Or a coffee book, ooh... let the caffeination and binding begin! :-)
Anuschnuckypuss on December 25th, 2006 11:45 am (UTC)
that looks terrific! I love how you arranged the tea by colors. I also like how you sewed the card to the leather. did you find instructions for that somewhere or just make it up yourself?
Karajankskarajanks on December 25th, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Hm, the sewing wasn't too complicated, and in this case I sorta made it up as I went along (not a lot of planning on this journal). letterpressed used to post a lot of pictures of her journals around here, and I learned the general idea from her (amazing, much more complicated!) work -- she has a link to her website on her journal. There might be a tutorial floating around somewhere, but I can't seem to find it just now. If you're interested, though, I can try to explain (it looks harder than it actually is).

Glad you like it!
Anuschnuckypuss on December 26th, 2006 09:56 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'll take a look at letterpressed's lj. If you have the time to write a brief description of what you did, I'd appreciate it. Hope you had a nice Christmas.
enidseraenidsera on December 25th, 2006 11:59 am (UTC)
ooh thts just pretty ^_^
Karajankskarajanks on December 25th, 2006 03:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
jimmahgee on December 25th, 2006 12:09 pm (UTC)
Awesome, I love shit like this. A lovely gift as well!
Karajankskarajanks on December 25th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
Cool, thank you for saying! :)
Kel Flowersfaeryshaman on December 25th, 2006 01:50 pm (UTC)
*spies the double spice chai, and the Tazo* MMMmmm YUM.
Karajankskarajanks on December 25th, 2006 03:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks! That Tazo is one of my favorites. So good!
cindy: misc fictsuki_no_bara on December 25th, 2006 03:59 pm (UTC)
that's really clever! and it looks good, too - i really like how all the teabags form a rainbow when the book is closed.
Karajankskarajanks on December 27th, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks, glad you like it!
spockrock on December 25th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
Mmmm. Stash double spice chai
Mags: popart | bag o' teakynosoura on December 25th, 2006 06:16 pm (UTC)
That is adorable!! I would love a gift like that, so she must have be exstatic! I'm working on an idea for a friend and thanks to you, I might just add little enveloped pockets for tea in my book. Thank you!
Karajankskarajanks on December 27th, 2006 08:44 pm (UTC)
Glad you like it! And yay, the tea book love spreads! :-)
Truths exist in dreams. The world exists in me.traag on December 25th, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC)
i especially love how you dont have the tread hidden. it makes such an interesting design for the outside =D good job!
Karajankskarajanks on December 27th, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I have to admit, I find it much easier to bind that way, and not have to worry about glue and attaching covers, so I'm lucky it looks nice too. :-)
lucymalfoy: lovelucymalfoy on December 25th, 2006 07:04 pm (UTC)
That is AWESOME.
Karajankskarajanks on December 27th, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC)
Meiko: strawberriessasayaku on December 25th, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! I can't believe someone still remembers my old post! There must have been four or five spinoffs, all much better than the original...
Your idea of sewing the teabags on paper is simply brilliant! They look great. & adding a spoon & sugar and making it a kit sounds really interesting.
Karajankskarajanks on December 27th, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC)
Yay, I'm glad you're still reading the community and saw this! Your book was a great inspiration, so thank you!
delfinodigraziadelfinodigrazia on December 26th, 2006 01:06 am (UTC)
How creative! I love it! :)
Karajankskarajanks on December 27th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)
I'm glad! Thanks!
unicorn kidmr_m0dular on December 26th, 2006 01:12 am (UTC)
Karajankskarajanks on December 27th, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
The Scribezeonn on December 26th, 2006 07:06 am (UTC)
So pretty! I love this! :D
Karajankskarajanks on December 27th, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC)
Glad you like it! :)
Lucyferkynetik on December 27th, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
That's amazing!
Layneemporess_zia on April 14th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
Love it! I have some tea-loving friends (and me, too) and I might have to play with this idea some :)
Karajankskarajanks on April 14th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
Oh good! Keep it spreading! :-)