Author Archives: Ali Manning

Leather Journals with Exposed Stitching

Barber Pole Book

You might have noticed that I’m a huge fan of Keith Smith’s decorative bindings. Here are two more I tried recently Read More →

Encaustic Artist Book

encaustic artist book

Last year I attended an annual artist book show called Beyond the Book in Boston (I wrote a blog post about Read More →

Student Gallery


We’re in the final week of my 4-week Introduction to Handmade Books class and I want to share the amazing Read More →

Flag Book Gallery

Hedi Kyle Flag Book

I was teaching my Introduction to Handmade Books class this morning and one of the structures we talked about was Read More →

Marbling Class

Paper Marbling Class

I recently taught a couple of introductory marbling classes and one my talented students, Jenn Buliszak, took these awesome photographs. Read More →

Coptic Stitched Books

Coptic book with handmade paper

I want to share with you today a couple of coptic bindings that we explored in the Intermediate Handmade Books Read More →

Sewn Boards Sketch Book

Sewn Boards Sketchbook

As I was heading out on vacation this week, I realized that I didn’t have a journal or sketchbook to Read More →

Long Stitch Link Stitch Book

Long stitch link stitch book

During the recent Intermediate Handmade Books I taught the group how to make the medieval Long Stitch Link (Chain) Stitch Read More →

Simple Japanese Stab Bound Book

4 Hole Japanese Stab Binding

Just a quick share today – a simple 4-hole Japanese stab binding that I spiffed up with the addition of Read More →

Star Book

Star book with handmade paper

Recently I played  with some lovely earth toned handmade papers and created this rustic Star Book: A Star Book is Read More →