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Turning over a new leaf…

I was inspired by Dennis Yuen’s lovely web site to dig out my bookbinding equipment and try to create one of his ribbon mounted books. I did an informal bookbinding course a couple of years ago run by Sue Lewington, a West Country artist who paints beautiful illustrated diaries. Some of these are available to buy as books on Amazon as is some of her original artworks at the Great Atlantic Map Works Gallery I had all the equipment I needed mostly bought from Shepherds in London, or online at John Neal Booksellers in the US, a web site which is full of wonderful calligraphy books and materials, bookbinding equipment and art supplies. They also publish the ‘Letter Arts Review’ a full colour journal devoted to lettering arts and Bound and Lettered a quarterly magazine about bookbinding.

Anyway, I digress. I started by sewing the text block, using linen thread to hold together the cut and folded cartridge paper.
It always seems a shame that the intricate herringbone stitching is hidden under the book cover although there are bookbinding techniques which do leave it exposed.
I then made the cover, using book card for the front and back covers and the spine and then covered this with a Japanese paper which contrasted nicely with the yellow ribbon, I had stitched onto the spine of the text block. I covered the inside of the cover with a sheet of plain yellow paper and made slits for the ribbons to pass through.
I was fairly pleased with the finished book, so I am now going to have to go and buy more lovely paper from Falkiners which is a good excuse to head up to London next week.

7 responses to “Turning over a new leaf…

  1. paperseedblog July 15, 2007 at 3:38 pm

    What a lovely book. Thanks for including the process photos.

  2. Diane July 17, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    My pleasure. Check out for the best handmade books. I am trying to re-create some of Denis Yuen’s ideas with partial success! I shall keep trying.

  3. Doan Thuc July 19, 2007 at 10:01 am

    Say hello from Vietnam.
    This is the first time I visited your blog. I love your tutorial to hand bind a book. I will make one follow your steps. Thanks for sharing.

    Doan Thuc

  4. Diane July 24, 2007 at 5:37 pm

    Hello in Vietnam!
    Good luck, let me know how you get on!

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  6. Carol January 17, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Hi there, I’m from Brazil, and I was looking for some bookbinding tips, and I found your site.
    just love this steps!! and the result is gorgeous!
    But I couldn’t find anywhere how to make this bookbinding stitches you’ve used with the ribbon..
    Do you have any idea where I can find a tutorial to learn this? I’d love to make one of those!
    I’m trying bookbinding by myself, following steps on sites…
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Diane February 3, 2011 at 11:41 am

      Thanks for your kind comments :-)
      If you look in the menu bar at the top, I give a more detailed tutorial showing how to make these books including how to do the stitching. If you want even more info, I recommend you look at the book by Keith Smith called ‘Books Without Paste and Glue’. He has written several more too

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