The Orihime Binding with a Drumleaf Variation, Part Two

Last week’s post was about preparing the pages for the Orihime/Drumleaf Variation. This week’s post shows you how to assemble it.

If you followed last week’s instructions you should now have three signatures: three four-page units each with a two-page unit in the middle.

The next step is to “drumleaf” the pages together. This is an inside-out version of the original drumleaf binding.

Start with the centre two-page unit. Apply glue to the pale green area shown in the image below and glue the pages wrong side to wrong side. Glue the two halves of the four-page unit from the centre signature the same way.

Using the top half of the page-slit template shown below, cut two slits in the spine of the centre four-page unit, then cut two slits through the centre two-page unit using the page-slit template at the bottom right. Be careful to make sure the slits will match up. Set aside.

Cut the slits in the front and back covers if you did not already do that last week. (Front cover is shown in the top half of the image below, back cover in the bottom half.)

Glue the two-page units for the first and last signatures, then cut three slits in each using the bottom left pattern on the page-slit template. Make sure the slits match the top, middle, and bottom slits in the template for the cover (shown above). Now glue the two inside pages of the first and last four-page units. Do not glue the outer and inner cover pages together yet.

Assembly of your book can now begin. Cut five strips of paper the width of the slits you have cut in the pages and about 22 cm/8.5 in long. (I used paper that was the same on both sides so that the exposed strips on the inside of the book match the exposed strips on the cover.)

I took a few pictures of the assembly process of my book.

I found the patterned paper distracting for explaining the process, so for step by step instructions on weaving the book together, go to this post. The images are much clearer.

After weaving all your strips, but before gluing the outside cover pages to the inside cover pages, you may need to adjust the amount of ease in the turns at the spine edge to allow for the thickness of your pages.

When your spine is adjusted to your satisfaction, glue the ends of the strips in place, then glue the outside cover pages to the inside cover pages. If needed, your book block can be trimmed at head and foot. It can also be trimmed at the fore-edge, but I rather liked the pattern created on my folded pages so I didn’t trim mine.

Here’s what the rest of my book looked like. Even if you printed out the pdf of the pages I used for my copy, you may have chosen to order them differently. There is no “right” order. This is what my version looks like.


Here are the seven dreams from this week’s progress on The 99 Dreams of Euclid’s Wife.

In other book arts news:

You can download the most recent edition of Book Arts Newsletter here.


You will find the most recent update of the online calligraphy class listings via John Neal Books on this webpage.


Helen Hiebert has opened a mid-year enrollment for her Paper Year program. You can learn more and find a registration link on her website.

In other art news:

Berlin Biennale 2022

Venice isn’t the only European city with a biennial exhibition this year. Links to images of works in the Berlin Biennale can be found here. The exhibition includes book works by Ariella Azoulay, but since the photograph only shows them laid out on a table and from a distance, you might want to take a look at her website as well.

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. I also create prints and drawings that are frequently text-inspired or text-based.
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