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Tassles_front.jpgFor the first time in a couple of months - actually almost four months - I made a couple of books. The first one was a mess. What did I expect after a four month layoff? You can't just jump into the deep end of the pool and expect to ride a bicycle. (What?)

My plan was to make a Chinese stab-binding blank notebook with colored thread. A couple of errors were made. By me, of course. First, holes on the wrong side of the paper - I was using printer paper that was going to be thrown away. I folded it over but punched the holes in the closed side when they should've been on the open edge. After re-sewing it correctly I managed to tear the thread. I added tassels because it looked neat and makes it fun to use. Blank notebook, 60 pages, A5 in size.

Sixty_front.jpgBook Two was simpler and easier to make. Again, printer paper that was going to be thrown away folded over once and then chopped in half to make an A6-sized pad of paper which is being used to celebrate the number that is 60. Why? Because 60 has a lot of characteristics that other numbers don't have.

It's a composite number with 12 divisors - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 15, 20, 30, 60. It's also a highly composite number, a unitary perfect number, a semi-perfect number and is the smallest number divisible by the numbers 1 to 6. Finally, 60 is the sum of a pair of twin primes (29 + 31), and the sum of four consecutive primes (11 + 13 + 17 + 19).

Back to the book: A6-sized paper using a modified Daifuko Cho binding - holes in the top so a merchant could write the day's profit just by lifting up the top and then hanging the book on hook by his bed. Or desk, if he's not weird. Sixty-six pages. The Japanese on the cover is, of course, 60 - pronounced roku-ju six-ten = sixty.


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