I tried another book binding method figuring that it didn’t look too challenging – Japanese Stab Binding. Boy was I wrong!
The covers were created with book board covered with scrapbooking paper and black book cloth plus waxed linen thread. I used the following two videos by Paul Baumgartner as my main resource.
- Punching the holes through the book block and covers. I tried to use an awl and it wasn’t strong enough. This created ragged edges on the sewing holes and caused the covers and book block to be misaligned. Solution: Use the right tool – Japanese Screw Punch (I’ve just ordered one from Hollanders.)
- I used too much glue on the text block, but that is something that can be remedied with practice. Some instructions don’t include gluing the text block, but I found it really helped to keep the holes aligned when punching the sewing holes.
It was okay for a first attempt – I’ll be trying more in the coming weeks. Let me know in the comments if you’ve made a book with this style binding.
I’m having a declutter in my studio and trying to save some money to take two book arts classes at the Mass College of Art in January. I have some stamps listed on Splitcoaststampers and up top on the Stamps for Sale page. Many more unmounted stamps to be added – check back again soon.
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