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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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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 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-two and Another Card Case/Book Cover

From the outside, a cover made with a version of today’s card case looks just like the one I showed yesterday. (The orange-y book is yesterday’s fold, the flowery one is made with today’s version.) This picture of the inner … Continue reading

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Byopia Press 2018 Advent Calendar: Day Twenty and Protective Wrappers

Sometimes it’s a good idea for a book to have a protective wrapper. It may be because it does not readily lie closed on its own, like some accordion structures, or because it is an unusual shape which does not … Continue reading

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Byopia Press 2018 Advent Calendar: Day Nineteen and a Simple Book Cover

I first used this cover when I was a child. At the beginning of school every year, the teachers would distribute textbooks, then hand out large sheets of brown paper printed with a grid of blue lines. We used the … Continue reading

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