Saturday, October 31, 2015

Book #278

Stitched Tunnel Book

Since it is Halloween, here is my special haunted house tunnel book. There are various ways of constructing tunnel books and this particular example is made by stitching the pages to the accordion side panels.

It has been very easy to neglect my blog this month but I still intend to reach 365 eventually!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Book #277

Caterpillar binding

On my last book, it was the chain stitch that was really the primary binding and the caterpillar was extra; but, the caterpillar binding should be able to stand alone as well. So I did another one with three caterpillars, which gave the binding enough support so that it did not require any additional stitching.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Book #276

Caterpillar + Chain

Today I have tried my hand at the Caterpillar binding, used in conjunction with a multi-needle chain stitch binding. This is the first time I have tried the caterpillar binding and this book also has the distinction of being the first book made in my new studio (which is one of the reasons that I slowed my blog-book-production, since moving into the new studio has been a gradual process and rather disruptive to my work flow).

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.