Pocket Book: Theme and Variations Part Four

I am still on the hunt for the origin of the structure Wendy Feldberg used for her little swatch book. I briefly thought I had found it when I saw a very small image of this book by Cherryl Moote, but I was wrong.

She calls the structure Spectabular Book, and she has published the instructions in Books with Girth. (Copies are available from John Neal Books.)

When I first looked at Cherryl Moote’s book, I thought it might be based on Tomoko Fuse’s locking pocket from Paper Patchwork, 2001.

You construct the locking pocket unit from two pieces of paper the same size. They don’t have to be square. I made my model using full sheets of copier paper. (I’m still using up the batch of yellow with the dinged corners.) Fold one vertically and the other horizontally.

You can connect the locking pockets to make a book by inserting two folded card stock pages in each pocket. Pages may be added indefinitely.

A variation on the locking pocket structure was used by Karen Hanmer in her instructions for making a Hedi Kyle flag book. The cover boards are wrapped in papers folded in a variation of the Tomoko Fuse locking pocket. (You can find those instructions in The Bone Folder, Volume 2, Number 1, Fall 2005.)

Since the Tomoko Fuse locking pocket is rather bulky when folded from heavier paper, it can be reduced to half its thickness by cutting your papers. Cut one piece twice the height of your finished page, the other twice the width.

Assemble as before and you get something that looks a lot like Cherryl Moote’s book at a casual glance.

It seems possible that someone somewhere sometime either intentionally omitted the horizontal piece of the pocket, or forgot it.

If you leave out the horizontal piece, it looks just like Wendy’s swatch book structure.

In other book arts news:

You can find the current issue of Book Arts Newsletter here.


This looks like it will be exciting. From the information page:

In this two-hour virtual workshop, we will design and cut a wall of leaves and flowers for all seasons. Different settings will be shown through slides, offering various options for your cut out. The instructor will demonstrate a variety of paper cutting techniques. Each participant will make their own large-scale botanical cut out.

I suspect participants will be cutting long after the workshop is over! You can find more information and a registration link here.

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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2 Responses to Pocket Book: Theme and Variations Part Four

  1. dotyuki says:

    The first time I did this structure was long ago with Anna Wolf of Berkeley. I believe the mid 80’s to late 80’s at UC Berkeley extension and at her home.


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