Second Life: You Can Tell a Pocketbook by Its Cover



That dusty old book at the tag sale that would send anyone into deep zzzzzz’s could have another purpose — like a pocketbook. All it takes, according to Pam Broderick of Winter Harbor, is half a yard of fabric, an inexpensive handle kit available at craft and fabric stores, ribbon, a button and patience.

 

Winter Harbor’s Pam Broderick makes purses fashioned from vintage book covers. — JACQUELINE WEAVER
Winter Harbor’s Pam Broderick makes purses fashioned from vintage book covers. — JACQUELINE WEAVER

“I love to reuse stuff. I love it. And I love books and I love fabric,” says Broderick, who owns Winter Harbor’s Works of Hand Gallery. She had a lot of books that were interesting, but not sought after by collectors. And she had loads of fabric she has collected, and continues to amass, because she likes the color and/or pattern. Then she saw a picture or a reference somewhere, she can’t recall exactly, about making pocketbooks from book covers. She has completed a few and about half a dozen more are in the works.

Broderick finds the books in thrift stores, library sales, yard sales. “I am really drawn to graphic, vintage books that might not have any value anymore,” she said. The projects are time consuming and tricky. “It feels like it takes three or four hands to do it — you’re holding this and that and glue.

“Personally, I love that stuff.”

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