These buttery papers I bought at Paper Arts last week were my latest bookbinding inspiration. They are the perfect weight for soft cover books (and look at that sparkle y’all!). I have wanted to make some Japanese bound books lately so when I got them home I knew just what I wanted to do with them.
I was so pleased with the results! The pattern of the marble lends itself so well to the simplicity of the variations on four-hole binding patterns.
Like Coptic stitch, this binding can be quick–and the results are oh so satisfying. I am whipping up more of these beautiful books ASAP..
Marching through our bookbinding alphabet,we are now to the letter H. Leather is one of the most enduring cover materials. Since the dawn of books animal hide has been used to bind and decorate books for all occasions. Half leather means that the corners and the spine are covered with leather and the rest is covered with marbled paper or book cloth. The leather protects the most vulnerable parts of the book from excessive wear.
Lovely sample of half binding from TJBookarts
Beth Antoine’s exquisite half binding with marbled papers
Exposed binding is an easy way to add a WOW factor to your tome. Instead of concealing the stitching, it becomes a decorative focal point. And it’s great for making books on the go because no adhesive is involved.
Exposed binding from Cailun
Exposed sewing on tapes from Feeling Bookish
Lovely exposed binding on cords from SlateBlu
Titanic Letterpress has several works with exposed binding to see if you click on the photo
Keith Smith has terrific books on making books without adhesive.
This is a super fun binding! It’s two, two, two books in one. The term comes from French, meaning “back to back.” It’s not difficult to make and a ton to fun to use. You can keep two journals or a journal and a commonplace book or any other combo that suits your needs. It’s also makes a great interactive journal between two people.
top view of this binding from Brittle Paper
Dos-a-dos style with four books from Batcat Press
Beautiful dos-a-dos with ephemera at Altered by the Sea
Fantastic embroidered dos-a-dos book from the 17th century
A lovely binding choice is the secret Belgian binding. I really love the simple lines and clean look. It’s not too difficult for those who have some experience with bookbinding and the results are beautiful. They make nice journals and albums. because it opens flat it can be a good option for left-handed people like me.
Click the pics below to visit the sites of these lovely books.
lovely sample from Art-is-try. You can really see why it is called secret. The choice of thread is perfect to hide the binding.
An accordion book is my first “book of the month” offering. It is a simple, simple, simple book that almost anyone can make. If you can fold a paper and glue it, you can make this book. Here is a little tutorial on the basic accordion fold book.