I posted my book from the CBBAG Saskatchewan binding swap —a Hedi Kyle Panel Book with instructions for a DIY copy and cover— last week.
For the next few weeks I will be posting the books that I received in the exchange. I thought about posting them alphabetically, but couldn’t decide if it should be done by the binding names or the makers’ names, so I have just gone with the order in which the books ended up piled on my work table. I will be posting the swap books from smallest to largest.
This book is a made with the Flat-Style Australian Reverse Piano Hinge Binding. Corrie’s model has some lovely hand decorated papers: suminigashi for the cover and plant-dyed paper for the centre spread. I used a variation of this binding for my 2015 book The Interconnection of Time and Tide.
You can find instructions for the binding in Alisa Golden’s book Making Handmade Books, or on her blog of the same name.
Darlene chose a Japanese Stab Binding for the swap. The text block is an assortment of Japanese papers, with some pages additionally decorated. The cover material is particularly interesting: apparently it is a synthetic covering material for acoustic (sound-damping) partitions in offices. It is incredibly tough and very flexible. The surface texture looks like it was made by spraying the material onto a surface covered in coarse sand.
There are many places to learn the Japanese Stab Binding. Many introductory books on binding techniques include it. The ibookbinding website lists their top 15 instructions here. I first learned it from Japanese Bookbinding by Kojiro Ikegami. (If you want to know a bit about this book, I wrote about it here.) If you are interested in exploring the decorative possibilities of the stab binding, Becca Making Faces has some detailed tutorials for ornamental stitching.
Next is Kathy’s book with a Slot and Tab Binding.
The structure is non-adhesive, with each page sliding through a slot in the previous sheet. Kathy’s instructions also come from Alisa Golden’s Making Handmade Books. Alisa’s blog has a post showing a variation of this structure used to make a tunnel book.
Kathy used my interlocked band (instructions here) as a closure for the book. It’s a nice touch since the band is a slot and tab construction as well.
Robin made the Caterpillar Stitch Binding. Her version was sewn on a single signature pamphlet, though this decorative stitch can be used on other structures, like Coptic bindings, as well. The contents of Robin’s book is a set of detailed step-by-step instructions for sewing the caterpillars. As someone who has learned from experience that writing instructions for something usually takes far longer than actually doing it, I am impressed!
In other local news: Most of my recent book arts work is still in the ‘thinking’ stage, so I have nothing to show. I am considering possibilities for an invitational/curated group exhibition tentatively called Glyphs. I am thinking about options for this year’s we love your books juried on-line exhibition. The theme this year is ‘offset’. If you are interested in entering work, you will find submission details here. I am thinking about another alphabet book.
I am knitting another shawl, but won’t show pictures until it has been delivered.
Last but certainly not least, it finally got warm enough —we have been having temperatures 10 or more degrees colder than ‘normal’ for ages— to go snow shoeing again. Here’s my photo titled Snowshoe Trail.
I will be back next week with four more books.