Handmade Books: Binding, Folding and Decorating

Handmade Books: Binding, Folding and Decorating

Spiral bound

By (author) Heather Weston

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  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd
  • Format: Spiral bound | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 215mm x 254mm x 9mm | 486g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Tunbridge Wells
  • ISBN 10: 1844484157
  • ISBN 13: 9781844484157
  • Illustrations note: col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 94,391

Product description

From heirloom memories to unique journals, albums and altered books, or simple tag books for your kids - this book contains all the skills you will ever need to create handmade books. Explore the art of making books with this comprehensive collection of binding techniques and decorative finishes. Each skill is explained with step-by-step instructions and examples of inspirational projects. There is a range of simple binding methods to get you started, from saddle stitching to gluing and folding techniques. More advanced crafters will acquire the skills to create multi-section case bindings, star and combination bindings, Japanese bindings and slipcase covers in leather or felt, complete with gold tooling and embossing. Some of the world's best book makers have contributed examples of their craft to make this a resource you will want to refer to again and again.

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Author information

Heather Weston has an MA in Book Arts from Camberwell College of Arts, one of London's leading art colleges. her design business, Bookery, focuses solely on the book form, encompassing everything from stationery and corporate gifts to conceptual book art. Her work is sold internationally and her book art is held in private and public collections as far afield as Japan, Germany, the US and the UK. She currently teaches book art at Camberwell College of Arts and is based in London.

Review quote

Waterstones ReadCraft: If you have ever thought about making your own unique memory album, or journal, this book will give you all the information you need to get started (as well as decorative ideas for finishing). More advanced techniques are included as well as the basics, and finished pieces to inspire you. You will be amazed at what you can achieve with just a few simple folds or stitches! Guiding: Always wanted to design and make your own books? Being creative couldn't be easier - Handmade Books is filled with inspirational ideas from innovative book artists. It includes step-by-step instructions on everything you need to know about book making, from binding techniques like pamphlet-stitch and Japanese stab, to creating beautiful and decorative book covers. Discover how to make your own handmade books. This book is suitable for all skill levels, containing simple methods for beginners and techniques for advanced crafters alike. Learn how to make unique journals and notebooks. This 128-page book has clear instructions and photographs. It covers the materials, tools and equipment you need to make unique books including several methods of construction such as perfect bound, pamphlet-stitch binding. There are also ideas for the surface of the cover including a raised surface without the need for expensive equipment; innovative ways of folding the inner pages and so much more. I found this book fascinating. The examples of work shown, contributed by book artists will inspire you to have a go at creating something different.-KarenPlatt.co.uk From heirloom memories to unique journals, albums and altered books, or simple tag books for your kids - this book contains all the skills you will ever need to create handmade books. It would be a wonderful way to prepare and bind samples and photographs for a special knitting project. The book includes binding techniques and decorative finishes and each skill is explained with step-by-step instructions. There's a range of simple binding methods to get you started, from saddle stitching to glueing and folding techniques. More advanced crafters will learn to create multi-section case bindings, star and combination bindings, Japanese bindings and slipcase covers in leather or felt, complete with gold tooling and embossing. Some of the world's best book makers have contributed examples of their craft to make this a resource you'll want to refer to again and again.-Machine Knitting Monthly

Table of contents

PrelimsIntroductionTools and equipmentMaterialsEssential rulesBindingsInside the bookThe complete bookSuppliers, resources and coursesFurther readingIndex and credits