Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015
Another folded book structure where the spine is made from a single piece of folded paper and then pages are inserted into the folds. The instructions to make this structure were in the most recent issue of Bound & Lettered (Vol. 12 No. 1), so I had to try it.
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Another origami fold that can be used to make a book, is the origami wallet. For the book shown here, the cover is the origami wallet and then I added the accordion pages by tucking the first and last page into the front and back of the wallet.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
There are some origami structures that lend themselves to the book world, including the origami house fold. The one shown here is actually two house folds stuck together. So it can be displayed open, in its full house format, or it can be compressed into a flat house shape that will function as a book with cover and pages.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Another nod to Hedi Kyle today. This is a variation of her Blizzard Book structure that incorporates a cover. The cover is made from the same sheet of paper as the folded spine. Since it is called a crown book, this particular example that I made has the Keep Calm crown on the first page and then it lists steps in the bookbinding process. Keep Calm and fold paper and measure twice and press overnight and collate, etc...
Thursday, January 22, 2015
One of Hedi Kyle's well-known structures is this, called the Blizzard Book. The pages of this structure are bound together using an intricately folded spine piece. I made this one with folded pages but the pages can also be individual flat cards so the structure lends itself well to accommodating simple printed pages.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Today's book is indeed a Turkish Map Fold structure. My example that is photographed here, is actually two stuck together. I have seen other people use several together to make some very flourishing books.
If you want to try it, there are some quick folding instructions here.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
This structure is sometimes called a Secret Fold or Hidden Book or other similar names because of the way it can open up into different shapes. It works well for artist's books with only minimal content or secret messages or for displaying quotes like my Freak Flag book.
If you want to try this one, I posted a tutorial here on my blog way back in 2007, showing how to do this structure with a hardcover.
Monday, January 19, 2015
This is an example of the Crossed Structure Linked binding that I made with a limp leather wrap-around cover and long strap closure.
If you are interested in more details about how to make this structure, visit Arregui's website.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
This is another example of an historic ledger binding. In this case I was replicating the construction but not the materials. This ledger binding is based on a 16th century European example where the textblock is sewn onto supports which are woven into the cover. The tacketed overbands cover the woven sewing supports.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
I just finished making this replica of a Spanish 17th Century limp vellum ledger. I used an old parchment document for the cover, folded with turn-ins so that the original writing is hidden on the inside. I constructed the traditional toggle and loop closure elements from strips of vellum.
Friday, January 16, 2015
The back stitch is another very common embroidery stitch and it can easily be incorporated as a pamphlet stitch. So, this is probably enough exploration of pamphlet binding options for now; I will find something different for tomorrow.