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Taking a Stab

Bookbinding

Taking a Stab

Although I've had multiple bookbinding classes and workshops by this stage of the game, I had never yet formally learned the structure of the Japanese Stab Binding.  But when Linda Gentry, an Omaha photographer, asked if I would be interested in doing a wedding album for her, it was the first structure that came to mind.  I knew that this particular photographer loved exposed sewings, and I had long wanted to try out the stab binding.  It was not without its challenges (and I would love any feedback from others who have done this!), but I loved working on this book and...

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Sunday Stitchery

Bookbinding

Sunday Stitchery

This little book took shape this morning from various things sitting around the studio.  I tend to have piles of cast-off strips of paper from previous letterpress printing projects hanging out collecting dust, so I was very glad to give some of it a new home.  I did a variation on the Tacketed Book from Stacie Dolin and Amy Lapidow's recently released Book Art Studio Handbook.  You tie off the thread inside the sections for each pair of sewing stations so that the thread acts as staples, or tackets.  I personally prefer long-stitch methods -- it's slower to stop and...

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Bookbinding Spoils

Assignments Bookbinding

This nice little stack of books is the outcome of my Bookbinding III class, where we worked on Simplified bindings and English library bindings, in addition to doing book repairs, working with leather, and sewing endbands. This sweet book (one of my favorites from the semester) is a Simplified binding.  What is distinctive about this binding is that the spine piece is adhered to the textblock separately, and then the covers go on from there.  This makes decorating the spine piece easier, although we didn't take advantage of that particular feature in class.  This binding is ideal for slim, skinny...

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