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DIY Valentine 2019

In an attempt to give you a little lead time, I am posting this year’s DIY Valentine today. The structure is a pop-up that looks impressive and complex, but is quite easy to make.

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An Accordion Book with Removable Spine

I saw this structure a while back on Pinterest. It turned up again recently. The image is from the announcement of a workshop —now long past— offered by Cristina Balbiano d’Aramengo. I tracked down an email address for her and … Continue reading

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A Bookbinder’s Travel Kit

I wrote about the first two layers (four pockets) of my travel kit last week. Since this adaptation of the Zhen Xian Bao/Chinese Thread Book only has five pockets, today’s post will explain the combined bottom layer box and cover. … Continue reading

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Little Projects

While I have some larger works in the planning stages, I have also been working on some little projects. I got all the backing of paper and cloth done for my travelling bookbinder version of the Zhen Xian Bao. (There … Continue reading

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Byopia Press 2018 Advent Calendar: Day Twenty-four and A Self-closing Book Cover

I used today’s structure to create a version of the Zhen Xian Bao/Chinese Thread book. I made it to carry my knitting tools and patterns to England this past fall, and it worked very well. The instructions for folding a … Continue reading

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Byopia Press 2018 Advent Calendar: Day Twenty-three and A Multi-piece Book Cover

Earlier this year I spent some time playing with little pieces of paper. Inspired by the work of Tomoko Fuse, I came up with a variation of a paper quilt fold that permitted the construction of an accordion book. With … Continue reading

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Byopia Press 2018 Advent Calendar: Day Twenty-one and A Card Case

I always seem to have more cards than will fit in my wallet easily. A small case for the ones I don’t use often (coffee cards, membership cards) has proven most useful. Today’s fold re-visits the structure of the Regency … Continue reading

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Byopia Press 2018 Advent Calendar: Day Seventeen and Three Map Folds

Today we have three folds: two are well known as map folds, the third is not but fulfills  the same function in that it can be used to add a large page to a small book. From front to back … Continue reading

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Byopia Press 2018 Advent Calendar: Day Ten and Two Square Tatos

What is a tato? In his book Complete Origami, Eric Kenneway says A tato is a traditional kind of folded paper purse in which a Japanese housewife keeps small items such as needles, ends of thread, buttons and so on. … Continue reading

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Byopia Press 2018 Advent Calendar: Day Seven and A Simple Envelope

Some of you may be making your own Christmas cards. You can also make your own matching envelopes. Today’s envelope is simple, but it does use glue or tape. (I know some of you dislike using adhesives!) It is also … Continue reading

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