Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Book #182

Raised Cords

Happy Canada Day!
Today is a big day for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it is July 1st and that means it is Canada's birthday, whoop! In honour of the occasion, I made a book featuring our flag for today's post. Secondly, today and tomorrow mark the half-way point in my "365 bindings" adventure. Half of 365 is technically 182.5 but that is not really a Day 182 and Day 183 share the half-way celebration. My Canada Day book, therefore, also serves another purpose because it features two different bindings. It is a French Door structure, and as such, there are two book blocks sewn on opposite sides of a shared back cover. Today's binding is a standard raised cord sewing, as shown in the closeup photo above. Tomorrow I'll show you the other side!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Book #181


This is a 3-section binding technique that Smith calls bobbin because it picks up a thread from underneath like a sewing machine stitch. So I used orange thread on the inside to create those little dots of colour on the spine, picking up on the orange in the cover paper, which is some of my own shibori paper. (If you are ever flipping through Smith's book looking for something quick and simple, don't pick this one.)

Monday, June 29, 2015

Book #180

Span & Link

A 2-section binding today, stitched through a case. The cover of this book features some handmade paper from my paper making class last month at PBI, with Steve Miller. It's a flax paper that we made, starting with long fibres that we chopped by hand and then it was cooked and beaten. We did two batches of flax, actually, one was cooked and one was raw and I have to admit that I can't tell them apart now!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Book #179

Supported Blanket Stitch

I showed an unsupported blanket stitch earlier this year, and now this is the supported blanket stitch, sewn onto split leather straps. I made this particular book in 2008 and presented it here on my blog with promises to make a better one. Seven years have passed and I never actually made another book using this binding technique! I still indend to do so, at some point...

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Book #178

Loop the loop

This is another of the 3-section stitching techniques in Smith's book. Stitched through a case, featuring some of my marbled paper too.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Book #176

Case Binding, paper spine

Yet another variation on the case binding. The most obvious differences being the paper spine and endsheet attachment.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Book #175

Historical Model of a wooden board binding

This model was made to learn a few historical techniques: sewing on split alum tawed thongs, drawn on wooden boards with beveled spine edge, vellum spine lining and leather spine covering, etc. Modeled after sixteenth century bindings. Since this was a model, I covered only half the spine with leather so that I could still see the sewing on one end.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Book #174

Crossed Structure Hidden

This is an example of the crossed structure binding which Arregui calls the "CSB hidden".

Monday, June 22, 2015

Book #173

Chinese Binding

This is a copy of POW! by Mo Yan that I bound in a traditional Chinese format in four parts, for the Nobel Museum bookbinding exhibition in Sweden this year, recognizing Mo Yan's Nobel prize for literature.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Book #171

Triangular Origami Album

Today I made this little origami album. The triangular faces each have a little picture of my daughter, who turned five years old today.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Book #170

Flexagon 2

Another flexagon today. Again made from a single sheet of paper, folded so that it can be flexed to reveal different faces. This one has more faces that the one I showed yesterday. As well, yesterday's flexagon structure required one little bit of glue to hold it together whereas today's flexagon is completely non-adhesive.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Book #169

Flexagon 1

Today's structure is a simple flexagon. Flexagons allow a number of faces to be revealed, depending on how they are folded and unfolded. There are many ways to make a flexagon if you search online; but, if you investigate flexagons too much, it becomes a very elaborate mathematical challenge to make more complicated flexagons with more faces and using different shapes (be careful)!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Book #168

3-Piece Pamphlet

This is a hardcover pamphlet binding. In her book, Cooking the Books, Bea Nettles calls this an 'Italian Pamphlet', although I am not sure if it is truly of Italian origin.