At times I think shopping for art supplies is far more satisfying than looking at my finished creation. There's just something about getting lost among all those tubes of color. I guess it's about the anticipation. Or maybe some of us simply admire handsome wood-handled brushes and stretched linen.
Paper Source offers a selection of bookbinding tools that make me want to take up the craft. For beginners who desire an easier route, there is a self-adhesive linen bookcloth tape sold by the roll. (I can't remember if this has already been widely publicized in the blogosphere, so I thought I'd share.) Widths range from roughly one to three inches. Although it was designed to be used on the spines of handmade books, I'm sure many people buy it for other projects -- perhaps to use as trim. You can see it in action here.
BTW: Ruthie Sommers' paintings are satisfying to look at. Shown at top, her outdoor studio photographed by Melanie Acevedo for the premiere issue of domino.