Tag Archives: Chinese Thread Book

The Conundrum Completed

This past week I finished the layout of The Conundrum of the Workshops, and then strung it all together. Here’s a slightly distorted aerial view of it on my worktable.

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The Beauty and The Beast

I received a lovely gift this past week: a second-hand but mint condition copy of The Beauty and The Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, in the 1858 J. R. Planché English translation.

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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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The Clearing Continued

Although it is attached to the house, my downstairs studio is not heated by the house furnace. (There is one duct from the house heating system, but I leave it closed when the studio is not in use.) Instead, I … 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 Twelve and A Locking Pocket

I referred to this as a locking pocket in the title. It isn’t a tato in the traditional sense because it is made from a rectangle and doesn’t have the sort of symmetry that most tatos do. The designer of … 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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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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