At Home With Handmade Books

At Home With Handmade Books

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The handmade books presented here offer creative ways for you to explore your personal styles and interests: Create a record of this year's garden with a book made out of seed packets. Collect your favorite recipes under the protective cover of a plastic cutting mat. Make simple memo pads out of recycle bin scraps. In this collection of twenty-eight Japanese bookbinding projects, traditional techniques meet contemporary style, from easy-to-fold accordion books to the intricate and interesting Japanese stab-stitch bindings. Book artist Erin Zamrzla makes Japanese stab binding easy and unintimidating. Her clear step-by-step instructions make even the more complicated stitches easy to re-create. Information on the basics of bookbinding, including terminology, tools, and techniques are included and many projects encourage the creative use of ordinary and recycled materials. Make the projects in this book and discover creative ways to chronicle your life's adventures.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 179 x 233 x 12mm | 502g
  • Trumpeter Books
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • four colour throughout
  • 1590308220
  • 9781590308226
  • 326,252

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"This is an elegant, beautiful book that made me want to drop everything and dive into creating one of the 28 lovely projects. The author's clear, step-by-step instructions make even the most complicated stitches easy to re-create."--Decorating Digest Craft & Home Projects
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About Erin Zamrzla

Erin Zamrzla earned BFA and MFA degrees in graphic design from Fort Hays State University. Her creations have been featured in Ready Made magazine, and on Design*Sponge,,,,, and She is currently designing, painting, and binding books from her home in Santa Monica, California. See more of her work at
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Rating details

60 ratings
3.83 out of 5 stars
5 25% (15)
4 38% (23)
3 32% (19)
2 5% (3)
1 0% (0)

Our customer reviews

I liked the book but I thought I'd get more out of it. I picked it up because of the author. I've admired Zamrlza's work for a while now and thought I'd see more binding methods in the book, but those featured here are mostly limited to variations of the Japanese four-hold binding and other stab bindings (this is indicated in the book blurb but I didn't see past the name). The pluses: the book is beautifully photographed; the projects are easy and great for beginners; the author is very creative in coming up with ideas for books that can be made with things that can be found in most homes. Among the projects: a book with a sock for cover; a place card which simply involves folding a sheet of paper into an accordion; a travel photo album; a souvenir book made of coin envelopes and bound with map paper. Many of these projects are so easy or can be completed in less than half an hour - a great way to make yourself or someone a quick and pretty gift, or have a fun afternoon crafting with kids. The book is laid out in the style of Japanese craft books: with photos of the projects in the front, and the instructions in the back of the book. Even the styling of the photos is rather Japanese - it all looks very attractive. 3.5 starsshow more
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