Monday, March 30, 2015

Book #89

Islamic Binding

Today's book is a typical example of Islamic bookbinding, consisting of full leather over boards with a fore-edge flap that tucks under the front cover, and hand-sewn Islamic endbands of course.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Book #88

Girdle Book

This is an example of a girdle book. At least, this is my attempt at making a journal that looks like a girdle book. In this case, I know it is not constructed as they would have been in the 15th century. (Let's just say, mine is a casual interpretation of the binding.)

Historically, girdle books were often religious texts, fully bound in leather with a long tail of leather extending from the bottom of the book. Sometimes it was just carried by hand, or the tail could be tied into a knot and tucked under a belt (i.e. the girdle), to be carried hands-free. Hands-free technology.... The book would be hanging upside-down. When the owner wanted to use the book, he could just reach down and bring the book up and it would be upside-right, and it never has to be detached from his belt. More about girdle books.

This girdle book journal is for sale in my Etsy shop.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Book #87

Whip Stitch Rebinding

This is a rebound book. The book was originally a perfect bound paperback. I rebound it using a whip stitch technique and gave it a hardcover. The whip stitches are visible between each section, as you can see in this photo of the book's interior.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Book #86

Diamond X

This is another 3-section sewing technique that I got from Keith Smith's book. He calls it Diamond X.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Book #85

Pocket Folder Notebook

For today's book, the cover is made using the same folding technique as yesterday's booklet. This time, though, a signature is sewn into the middle fold to create a single-section notebook and all those little pockets are still available for storing various odds and ends.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Book #84

Pocket Folder Booklet

Once again, my book of the day is a folded structure of Hedi Kyle's invention. As you can see, my closed booklet is very unassuming, but inside there are several nooks and crannies for tucking or attaching other papers.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Book #83

Crisscross Binding,
formerly known as the Secret Belgian Binding

My book for today is an example of the lovely Crisscross Binding technique (which we used to call the Secret Belgian Binding).

If you are interested in reading more about this type of binding and its name, I have posted about it before here and here.

This particular journal is for sale in my Etsy shop.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Book #82

Fishbone Book

This was entirely new to me until just a few days ago and it was fun to experiment with it. This fishbone fold structure is another technique from Hedi Kyle with instructions on the Green Chair Press blog.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Book #81

Single Sheet Dos-a-dos

This little dos-a-dos structure is a variation of a simple single-sheet booklet, modified to have two sets of pages and in this particular example I have added mat board for a hardcover on front and back. View instructions from Green Chair Press.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Book #80

Water Lily Book

This little book is made using three origami water lilies with a hardcover. Bound & Lettered (Vol. 5 No. 1) has instructions for making this little book.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Book #79

Linked Stars

This is another one of the 3-sections sewings devised by Keith Smith. He calls this one "Linked Stars." Mine almost look more like rockets. Different spacing would result in more star-like shapes, methinks.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Book #78

Flat back case binding, quarter leather

This is probably the last variation of the case binding that I have to show. This one is a flat back case binding, in quarter leather. The decorative paper is some that I made using the Japanese Shibori dyeing technique.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Book #77

Quarter leather case binding, rounded spine

Using some amazing Japanese Chiyogami paper and dark green leather, I made this book with a case binding, rounded spine, in quarter leather.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Book #76

Flat back case binding, half leather

Happy Saint Patrick's Day, blog readers! Today's suitably green book is another flat back case binding, this time in half leather. Using my own paste papers too.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Book #75

Half leather case binding, rounded spine

Case binding with rounded spine again. This time in half leather and some of my own Suminagahsi marbling on the covers.