Making & Creating, Day 2

Today is a Japanese Stab Binding day so I can get some sewing pattern practice in.  I’m not going whole hog with hard bindings but am doing soft covers, working with a relatively heavy cover stock and Astro-Parch for the text block.

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Samples of Simple Japanese Stab Bindings

Today’s stitch is a simple yet beautiful traditional Japanese stitch which takes no time to execute.  The stitches were started and ended inside the books so no “tails” are showing.

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Interior view of Japanese Stab Bound Book

If you are interested in trying your hand at this tye of binding there are plenty of tutorials online or check out Cover to Cover by Shereen LaPlantz.  A more in depth look into a variety of Japanese bindings can be found in the book, Japanese Bookbinding: Instructions From a Master Craftsman, by Kojiro Ikegami.

I decided to work on a couple more bindings while I’m on a roll!

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Hemp Leaf Stitch

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Tortoise Shell Stitch

 

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About Daria Wilber

hand papermaker and paper artist
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