The Binding Swap 3

The first swap book for today is a model of a Buttonhole Binding. Bonnie added glass seed beads to the stitching and a beaded floral motif on the front cover.

If you look closely at the stitching in the picture below, you can see where she has also added extra stitches at the edge of the cutout area between the long beaded stitches to spread them a bit.

Like Kristina, Bonnie provided detailed photographic step-by-step instructions on her process for making the book.

Gail made an Accordion Book for the swap. The cover was decorated using spray adhesive, metal foil, and glitter. (Gail was kind enough to hand out the copies in plain brown envelopes to prevent universal sparkle contamination!)

Gail used the structure as a display for some of her beautiful nature photographs. It’s a little more than a simple concertina structure however, as it has the instruction pages sewn to the reverse of one of the folds.

The book produced by Gerda covers more than one aspect of book production. The book structure itself is a Coptic Binding, but the pages were ‘printed’ by interleaving plant material between sheets of paper, then boiling the resulting ‘sandwich’ to transfer pigment from plants to papers. Gerda also made handmade paper for the endpapers and dyed the cloth for the covers.

Gerda found inspiration and some guidance for the page dying process on YouTube videos here, here, and here and in a Coptic Stitch instruction video here.

The final book for today was made by Susan. It is a papyrus scroll, one of the earliest forms of book.

There is a title tab on the outer end of the scroll and a sample ‘bookmark’ glued further in. Tabs like this would have been used to mark important passages so that they could be easily found again.

The papyrus automatically rolls into a scroll shape when not held open. This was accomplished by wetting the papyrus, rolling it tightly, and drying it completely while in the tightly rolled state.

There are two books left for next Sunday. I have kept them for last because they go together as a pair, although made by two different people.

In other book arts news:

I received the current issue of Bound & Lettered this week, and was delighted to find that it included an article by Paula Beardell Kreig: Conversations with the Zhen Xian Bao. Images of one of Paula’s thread book variations even made the back cover!

You can order the magazine through the link above. You can also watch Paula’s instructional videos on the Chinese thread book here. (You can find links to my posts on the Zhen Xian Bao here.)

In knitting news:

I washed and blocked and packed up and mailed off the shawl I have been not showing you. All will be revealed after the parcel has been received. I also finished the blue scarf and delivered it yesterday.

I am pleased with the border pattern which is my own design.

Finally, just because I haven’t included her picture for a while, here’s the Lovely Assistant Kemuri doing what she does best —helping!

About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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6 Responses to The Binding Swap 3

  1. Hilke Kurzke says:

    So many books, you are one lucky book artist! 🙂 I am especially intruigued by the papyrus scroll here. You mentioned that it automatically forms a scroll, and I wonder, whether the wetting you describe was done by the maker of the book, or by the maker of the papyrus. Or in other words: do you have to decide while making it whether it will end up in a scroll or can you delay this decision?


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