If you work with rare books in New York City, chances are you’ve crossed paths with Jessica Pigza, dedicated rare book librarian at the New York Public Library and DIY style icon. Jessica just published a terrific new book, Bibliocraft: A Modern Crafter’s Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects (Abrams, 2014).
When Jessica asked Honey & Wax to partner on a bibliocraft night in Brooklyn, there was no way I could say no.
We mined the Honey & Wax shelves for images that would inspire a simple, striking craft: hand-embroidered notecards. Park Slope’s Community Bookstore provided the space, Jessica provided the materials, and everybody got to work:
Bernard Picart’s New Drawing Book of Modes (London, 1732).
Manuscript embroidery pattern book by Mary Smith Clark (Devonshire, circa 1812-1820).
The Martha Washington Doll Book (1945).
This or That? (Edinburgh, 1947).
Thank You — You’re Welcome (New York, 1957).
Jessica at the helm!
Bibliocrafters at work on their embroidery.
Bibliocrafters at work on their pie.
The finer points of the backstitch.
Two Heathers, two embroidered cards featuring 18th-century French hand gestures.
How to pass a note, Versailles-style. Which of you will be the lucky recipient? Visit Jessica Pigza at handmadelibrarian.com to learn more!