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A Clear Midnight

It is once again time to offer a DIY artist’s book in celebration of the anniversary of this blog: four years this coming Saturday. Since July 7 is also the beginning of Tanabata celebrations in Japan, the book is star-themed. … Continue reading

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Some Variations on the Shrigley Binding

Last week I wrote about accidentally inventing the Shrigley Binding while trying out various origami folds. This week I will show a simpler way to achieve the structure, and some variations of shape and assembly.

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How I accidentally invented The Shrigley Binding

(with apologies to Benjamin Elbel.) I have been playing with little squares of paper again, making components for paper ‘quilts’. Some of the designs come from Tomoko Fuse, though the basic ones may be traditional. I have also played with … Continue reading

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Little Star Books 3

Today’s post features the third and final little star book for you to make. It’s the one at the bottom of the picture below, and is a variation of the one I posted as one of my star posts for … Continue reading

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Little Star Books 2

Today’s post contains the instructions for making the second of three little star books. The one being made today is shown in the upper left corner of the picture below.

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Friday Night Flicks: Documentary of a HK Craftsman

This YouTube video by HotPot features some lovely footage of Hong Kong bookbinder Siu Yue/TT at work. It includes some shots of her backing cloth with paper at the beginning, and there are also some detailed shots of her decorating … Continue reading

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Little Star Books 1

As you may have guessed from the title of today’s post, I have decided to spread the instructions for the three little star book variations over three posts. At the end of three weeks, you will know how to make … Continue reading

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A Mini Star Book Workshop

I had planned to get several things done this week, but I ended up spending a big chunk of time preparing for the star book workshop that I led yesterday. We made the traditional star book and two variations.

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Revisiting the Zhen Xian Bao: Part 2

This week I added the upper compartments to the self-closing bottom boxes I showed you last week. The first step was to glue down the interior triangular flap containing the pocket. I glued the triangles in both models to the … Continue reading

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Revisiting the Zhen Xian Bao: Part 1

In celebration of Easter —and of having reached 60,000 views— this week’s post is the first of two on making a couple of variations on the Zhen Xian Bao/Chinese Thread Book. Today I will show you how to fold two … Continue reading

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