Saturday, September 05, 2015

Book #248

Staggered Diagonals

This is another 3-section sewing pattern that I found in Keith Smith's book. Then I doubled it for 6-sections.

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Friday, September 04, 2015

Book #247

Alternating Tridents

I made today's binding using another of Smith's 3-section sewings. I doubled it to make a 6-section journal.

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Thursday, September 03, 2015

Book #246

Greek Binding

Today is the first day of a new school year for my kids, so I used the alphabet paper on today's book to mark the occasion. The binding is a stitching technique known as a Greek binding.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Book #245

Twisted Longstitch

In one of Keith Smith's books, he includes this as a 2-section binding. I have just repeated it three times to bind a 6-section journal. (If you can imagine how to stitch this without instructions then do so, since the instructions will seem overly complicated if you could do this on your own).

This journal is for sale in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Book #244


I almost forgot to update my blog today! It is 11:47pm in my own timezone as I type this, so I have a few minutes to get this published. I have not missed a day yet. This book is an example of another 3-section binding that I made from Keith Smith's book.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Book #243

Zhen Xian Bao

I have made another Zhen Xian Bao (Chinese Thread Book) for today. This one is quite different than the first one that I showed (Book 204). This one has added pages and is bound along the spine using a typical 5-hole stab sewing, reinforced with a split dowel. Ruth Smith refers to this type of Zhen Xian Bao as a Pattern Book. There are eight folded pages in this book and they would be used as large pockets to hold patterns or other pieces of paper or fabric that are too big for the little boxes. The centre spread is built up with layers of boxes similar to the first book that I showed. Traditionally, the pages and all the boxes were elaborately and colourfully hand decorated with flowers and geometric patterns. Including the eight folded page pockets, this Zhen Xian Bao has 34 compartments.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Book #242

Loose-Leaf Book

Today's book might not be considered a book because it is not a codeex. In Books, Boxes and Portfolios, Zeier considers collections of loose pages to be books and defends their status as true books in spite of contrary opinions elsewhere. My example is a traditional Japanese case that I made specifically to house a collection of art prints.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Book #241

Tight back Rebinding

This book is another rebound book. The original book already had a round, so I didn't need to create a fake one like I did with yesterday's book. So this version is a tight back, with false raised bands. Split boards, quarter leather, and some more of my marbled paper.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Book #240

Hollow Tube Rebinding

Today's book is another example of a rebound perfect-bound paperback, this time made with a hollow tube to create a rounded spine. False bands, split boards. Quarter leather and my own marbled paper.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Book #239

Split Cover Pamphlet

Today's book is the last of the bindings that I am going to use from my Pamphlet Binding book. This variant is called a split cover, because the front and back covers are two separate pieces of paper, rather than a continuous wrapper. Bookcloth is wrapped on the spine.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Book #238

Hardcover Pamphlet 4

As promised, this is the hardcover version of the slit pamphlet binding that I introduced yesterday. It does work better with a hardcover.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Book #237

Slit Pamphlet

I am making up names for some of these things. My Pamphlet Binding book does not actually assign names to all the binding variations. The pamphlet that I made for today is bound using another technique suitable for one or two thin signatures. Slits are stabbed near the fold and tapes are passed through the slits. I made this one with a paper cover trying to keep it simple, but I still had to add a folded endsheet and paste the tapes down between the cover paper and the pasted endsheet. A lot of steps for a pamphlet with a paper cover. I suspect this binding will make more sense in a hardcover case - which I will try for tomorrow.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Book #236

Hardcover Pamphlet 3

Using the same side-sewing technique as yesterday's pamphlet, this version has the addition of tipped-on endsheet folios and a harcover, full cloth with inset label.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Book #235

Side-sewn Pamphlet

Today's pamphlet binding is intended for use only with thin signatures made up of large pages of thin paper. This restriction makes perfect sense, really, since the signatures are actually stabbed and sewn together near the spine - rather than being individually sewn through the fold. My example has three slim signatures, stabbed and sewn about 1/8" from the spine. Pasted into a paper wrapper.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Book #234

Hardcover Pamphlet 2

Today's book is another binding from my Pamphlet Binding book. This is a 2-signature pamphlet but rather than the signatures just being sewn together, they are sewn through cloth. Again, with a hardcover in full cloth with inset label.