How to Make Books: Fold, Cut & Stitch Your Way to a One-of-a-Kind Book

How to Make Books: Fold, Cut & Stitch Your Way to a One-of-a-Kind Book

Esther K. Smith

Language: English

Pages: 128

ISBN: 0307353362

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


From zines you can fold in a minute to luxurious leather journals and sumptuous sketchbooks, How to Make Books will walk you through the easy basics of bookmaking. Whether you’re a writer, a scrapbooker, a political activist, or a postcard collector, let book artist Esther K. Smith be your guide as you discover your inner bookbinder. Using foolproof illustrations and step-by-step instructions, Smith reveals her time-tested techniques in a fun, easy-to-understand way.

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my costume-design days. It broke. I resewed the books that came in for repair, but of course some people didn’t tell me—and others were treasuring their datebooks instead of using them. To test thread, wrap it around the fingers of both hands. Pull as hard as you can without cutting your fingers. If it breaks, don’t use it. You don’t absolutely have to use bookbinding thread, but use something that will not break. VARIATIONS STAB-STITCH PATTERNS There are many traditional

sheets from pad. 2 Line up the side of metal ruler along the top edge and score each sheet ruler-width, then fold that edge back. This is the no-man’s land of the book—it must be kept blank for the spine sewing. 3 Distribute pages to the participants, explaining the no-man’s land and telling them to work horizontally on one side only of the sheet, with the hinge on the left. You may want to distribute a diagram to clarify the instructions. You could choose a theme, such as dinosaurs, an

wrapping the extra leather around the book and see what looks good. Trim off any excess, and add ties if you like. This will be an excellent writing journal to keep in your pocket or bag. I love having a little book with me for the ideas that spring up as I walk through the city. Purgatory Pie Press, Coptic-bound datebooks with assorted covers. When i asked dikko if he remembered Reggie, he said, “You mean that Coptic guy?” I remembered him stopping in at Toni Weil’s Tenth Street

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