The accordion is one of the simplest but most elegant book forms, and it’s one I return to time and again to display prints or photographs. I like to add additional pages by sewing signatures into the valley folds of the accordion. Sometimes, I add just one thick paper signature so I can adhere another 4 prints, as in the video below or other times, I’ll add text weight paper signatures and write on them.
The simplicity of accordion books can be deceptive and accuracy is important when measuring, cutting and scoring your book. Here are a few tips to help you make an awesome book:
- If using machine made paper, make sure your paper grain runs parallel to the spine
- Before scoring and folding your strip of paper, ensure that it is square
- Instead of measuring each accordion panel, use a cardboard jig
If you have any questions or comment, leave it below or head over to my Facebook group – Crafting Handmade Books.