My course Bookbinding for Artists is finished. I enjoyed it very much, and we got more ground covered than I would usually expect in one week. I think this was partly due to the size of the group (only 5 students) but also partly due to them putting a lot of effort in. We made a Codex binding, a Coptic binding, a Japanese binding, two Concertina books, a dos-a-dos book, a long-stitch binding, and a Solander box. Well done to all my students: Asako, Yasuko, Paolo, Kerree and Valentina. I hope you all carry on making books!
This book is a double-sided book, or dos-a-dos book. Each side contains only one signature and is sewn in a simple pamphlet stitch.
Coptic stitch books. Sewing instructions can be found in Keith Smith’s book “Books without paste or glue”.
Quite a challenge: Making a Solander box. This project took nearly two days but the results were well worth the effort!
This accordion cardholder book is taken from Esther K. Smith’s book “How to make books”. In her version the cover is made out of playing cards; for my version I lined greyboard with screenprinted paper left over from another project.
These long-stitch books have their signatures sewn directly onto the cover.