Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Book #275

Folding Vs

Allowing myself to take one day off last week was obviously the beginning of a very slippery slope. But I am back today with another of the 3-section bindings from Smith. This time I picked one that he calls 'folding Vs' and I repeated it so that I could bind six signatures.

This journal is available in my Etsy shop.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Book #274

Yesterday I finally missed a day in this mad blog project, gasp! I may have to admit that the remaining 91 bindings will take longer than 91 days to appear on my blog. I have been extra busy lately anyway so it has been more difficult to find the time for everything. There are several bindings left on my list that I want to include, but they are not structures that I can learn and produce in a single day. So I would prefer to take my time and do them well, rather than force out substandard work every day.

Vertical Ts

But for today, I have another of the 3-section bindings from Keith Smith's book (1,2, & 3 Section Sewings). I repeated the sewing three times to make a journal with nine sections.

This journal is available in my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Book #273

Tegumentum Spadix

I tried another of the bindings from Langwe's book for today. The attachment of each signature is similar to a tacket binding. The original book had a parchment cover, with parchment reinforcement on the spine and inside each signature and the cover was closed with a hook and eye. I have used a sturdy handmade paper rather than parchment, but otherwise I have tried to duplicate the structure - including the hook and eye which I fashioned crudely from a bit of wire.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Book #272

Tegumentum Rubrum

The book that I made for today is a binding that Monica Langwe examined in her book, Limp Bindings from Tallin. It is a tacket binding and a cover of two layers of leather with a toggle closure.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Book #271

Raised Cords & Endband

For today's binding, I did a raised cord binding with an integrated endband; so, the endbands are sewn as part of the primary binding unlike many endbands which are sewn after the primary sewing. This was my first attempt at this partcular combination, so the endbands are rather sloppy. I wish I had time to do another one right now, but this will have to suffice for today!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Book #269

Piano-hinge Accordion

I made a piano-hinge accordion book for today where each of the panels is constructed separately then connected with the hinge structure, and on this example I used twigs to hook them together. I got the idea for this book from Helen Hiebert's book, Playing With Paper.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Book #268


This is another one of the 3-section bindings from Smith's book. I repeated it three times so that I could bind nine sections.

This journal is available in my Etsy shop.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Book #267

Coil Springs

I have tried another of Keith Smith's 3-section bindings for today. I tripled it and used it to bind nine sections.

This journal is available in my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Book #266

Waterfall binding

Today's book is a simple structure of folded pages that are pasted to each other in a cascading fashion. I really like this for displaying certain types of content.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Book #265

Pleated Accordion

This little book is a pleated accordion; the accordion is folded from a single sheet of paper in various directions, to create a more three dimensional shape when unfolded.

There are good instructions for various pleated accordion structures in Helen Hiebert's book, Playing With Paper.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Book #264

Pop-up + Slipcase

Today's book is a combination of pop-ups and a slipcase containing a coil-bound document. Obviously not a standard binding of any sort, but it is indeed another way to make a book.

Of course, note the awesome moon paper from Hook Pottery Paper.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Book #263

Multi-fascicle Chinese Binding

Today's book is another Chinese binding. As I mentioned yesterday, the paper twist binding was often used as a temporary binding and one situation that required temporary bindings, was when a written text was divided into multiple sections, or fascicles. Each fascicle could be bound using a paper twist binding until all the sections were ready. My example is made from four sections, each bound separately with a paper twist binding. The beginning of each section is marked with a small piece of yellow paper. The fascicles are stacked and bound together using a traditional Chinese stab binding. Chinese books with soft paper covers were stored lying flat on the shelf, in stacks, so the title of the text was often written on the edge of the textblock so it could be read more easily on the shelf.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Book #262

Paper Twist binding

This is another Chinese binding today, a paper twist binding or chih-nien. This paper twist binding was usually used as a temporary binding; however, some of these temporary bindings did remain in this state permanently.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Book #261

Wrapped-back binding

Today's book is a Chinese binding called pao-pei chuang, or the wrapped-back binding, which is a binding style that evolved from the butterfly binding. These bindings are Chinese in origin, although if you are interested in exploring them further, the most accessible resource is Ikegami's book, Japanese Bookbinding.