Tortoise Shell Binding

Summer’s in full swing in our house, so my blog posts will be less frequent for a while. But I’m still working on my 50 Book Project and today I’m sharing book 20. It’s another Japanese stab binding and it’s called Tortoise Shell.

Japanese Tortoise Shell BindingThe soft cover is a piece of marbled paper that I made and the insides are copier paper. Because this type of binding doesn’t open flat, thinner paper works well for soft cover stab bound books. If the pages are thick, it’s harder to access them for writing or drawing.

Japanese Tortoise Shell BindingI used a Fiskars hand drill to create the holes and waxed, black linen thread to bind it.

Japanese Tortoise Shell Binding

If you’re interested in learning how to create this binding, Rose Newton produced a good video several years ago. Also, Erin Zamrzla’s Handmade Books for Everyday Adventures is a good resource for Japanese stab bindings. You can read a review I wrote about it last year here.

Japanese Tortoise Shell Binding

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One Thought on “Tortoise Shell Binding

  1. kiwiquilter on June 29, 2015 at 3:10 pm said:

    Your marbled paper is just beautiful, must be fun to do

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