DIY Bookbinding: Wrapping Things Up

This week we moved on to two basic hardcover structures: a simple concertina/accordion dos a dos, and a single signature “spineless” book.

As a newer student of binding, I loved making hard-back books not only because they looked so clean, but also because they’re very impressive to show off- not many people who don’t have experience in bookbinding can tell how they’re made. These days I love showing students how simple and quick some very pretty hardcover structures can be to bind. Let me know if you’d like info on how to create these two!

Thanks so much to my lovely bookbinding class for all of their curiosity, lightheartedness, and enthusiasm for making books. We had a great time in the three week workshop, and I’m excited to be offering one or two new classes in May. Stay tuned for details and email me at if you’d like to be on my mailing list for classes, events, and news. XO!

DIY Bookbinding- what we’re up to!

Last week we explored several stab binding variations, starting with the simplest of Japanese bindings and a more intricate tortoiseshell pattern. There are some good online tutorials for these structures, so Google them if you’re curious!

We also made this creative variation on the traditional stab binding. You can find instructions in Keith Smith’s Non-Adhesive Binding, a great resource for making books at home.

This week we’ll practice longstitch sewings with multiple signatures. More photos to come. Hope everyone has an inspiring and productive week!

new class in march: DIY

In the past, I’d hear the term DIY and an image of a haphazard, clumsily made object would come to mind. But these days the concept of Do It Yourself has a completely different implication. (As proof of this, google images of “DIY” and see what comes up- the DIYs of today are neat, and innovative, and well made!) I like the Do It Yourself trend, and have, in fact, embraced it myself in my own bookbinding practice. As I’ve said here before, I embraced the craft of bookbinding because I could DIMyself at home, and I love teaching students all the ways that they, too, can make books at home. Got a few bricks, a flower press, a bone folder, a clothesline and some PVA glue? You can make a beautiful book for yourself or someone you love. Add a neighborhood copy shop to the mix and your bookbinding potential expands.

In that spirit, I’m offering a new class in March!

In the class we will explore a handful of bindings that can easily be reproduced at home with a few simple tools and easy to find materials. We will also learn techniques that work well with recycled and found materials.

Once again I am offering the option of work-trade for part of the class fee. Let me know if you’d like to help me with basic binding jobs in my studio for a partial discount.