Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Book #146

Simplified Binding

The name of this structure is deceiving. It is a simplified version of a traditional fine French binding, but still a very detailed and precise structure. I made this book with a leather spine and paper-covered boards, in a class this week taught by Eileen Wallace. (Eileen is also responsible for creating the beautiful paper on this book.)

Monday, May 25, 2015

Book #145


A quick one for today. This is another of Smith's 3-section bindings.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Book #144

Embroidery Binding

I just learned this stitching technique from Deb Eck, who designs these binding patterns, inspired by her knowledge of various embroidery techniques. The pattern on this book has its origins in Elizabethan black work. Check out some of her very impressive work at debraeck.com.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Book #143

Limp Vellum Stationary Binding

Today's book is a replica of a Spanish limp vellum stationary binding from 1586, the Libre De Albarans fets p La S.a Jeronim Junyent. I used an old parchment document for the cover. You can see the original here.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Book #142

Dove Tail

Another 3-section binding from Smith's book. This one has always been one of my favorites... I should use it more often!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Book #141

Triple Chain

Back to Keith Smith's 3-section bindings today. This one he calls the triple chain, and I do quite like this one.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Book #140


The ever impressive, Springback binding. I never get tired of opening and closing these books.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Book #139

Dowel Spine binding

This is one of a small edition that I made in 2011, called Green. This little book recognizes the achievement of Canada's Green Party, successfully electing Elizabeth May, the first Green member of parliament, in 2011. The content includes the principles of the Green Party, outlines their acheivements and also questions why green principles are not already part of other political agendas. The materials are all repurposed and/or recycled.

The structure is called a dowel spine portfolio, which you can find in More Making Books by Hand by Peter and Donna Thomas.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Book #138


Both of the books shown here are made with a 3-section stitching pattern from Keith Smith's book. He calls this technique houndstooth, and it would probably look more like houndstooth if I had spaced the sewing stations more carefully.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Book #137

Longstitch through a slotted cover

This is one of my favorite longstitch bindings and I use it a lot for limp leather journals. I wish it had a more impressive name but for now it seems to be known as simply, longstitch through a slotted cover.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Book #136

Single-Section Library Binding

This rather plain-looking book is actually a fancy pamphlet binding. The single-section is bound to an extra spine bit so that it can be properly rounded for a hardcover leather binding.

Today I am leaving for PBI so I will not be home for a couple weeks. I have taken some measures to get a few books ready for my blog, but I must admit that I do not have enough ready for the entire time that I am away. I will try to keep it going the whole time, but if I falter I will make up for it when I get back!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Book #135

French Link

The binding on this book is what I call a French Link sewing although I have seen much debate about that name. In any case, it can be used for a number of different structures, but on this example, it is used just by itself as an exposed spine sewing. Most of the time, this kind of sewing is hidden under a spine covering.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Book #132

Ribbon-bound Album

Today's book is a photo album, with a ribbon binding. I used a piece of Japanese kimono silk for the cover on this particular album.