Little Arrows Binding

I’m continuing to play with Japanese stab bindings as part of my 50 Book Project. I posted a simple 4-Hole Stab Binding and a Tortoise Shell Binding┬álast month, but this week I decided to branch out and make my own design.

Once you’ve mastered the four basic Japanese stab bindings – 4-hole, Tortoise Shell, Noble and Hemp Leaf, you can play around with different combinations of holes and stitches. I practice on scraps of book board, recording notes about the design on the board for future reference.


Here’s a binding I’m calling Little Arrows, although if you look at it sideways, the pattern looks like little houses. It’s a variation on Tortoise Shell, but has a third row of vertical holes.


The book measures 5″ x 8″ and it has 10 thin pages, which make the book really easy to open and use. The cover is a piece of light but strong Masa paper that I hand marbled. Here’s a side view:

Little Arrows Japanese Stab Binding

I used the hand drill to create the holes, which was easier than using an awl, especially on my hands, but the drill makes the holes a little ragged. Any suggestions on how to avoid that would be greatly appreciated.

Little Arrows Japanese Stab Binding



Would you be interested in a template and instructions for creating this binding? If yes, leave me a comment and if there’s interest I’ll create it for you. Don’t forgot to sign up for my newsletter, so you don’t miss it!

4 Thoughts on “Little Arrows Binding

  1. Dale on July 14, 2015 at 7:09 am said:

    Love your tutorials and would certainly love a template and instructions for this book! thanks so much! xx

  2. Barrie Mason on July 19, 2015 at 9:29 am said:

    I am very interested as I want to explore Japanese stab binding for myself this fall

  3. Gwendoline King on March 9, 2016 at 6:53 pm said:

    Your website is excellent and I would like to have the following instructions and binding template for this particular book featured on this page.Thank you so much!

  4. Frances Mackay on July 8, 2016 at 9:09 am said:

    Loving your website and would really like you to make a template and instructions with this stitch.

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