How to Bind a Book Article

Annette Berlin has written a brilliant blog post at Craft Stew.  She has compiled lots of links to tutorials on How to Bind a Book.  She has also kindly included my photo tutorial on how to make a concertina book.

concertina book

Hop over and have a look at it!   There are links to instructions on making all kinds of handmade books, including Coffee Filter Books, how to bind an accordian style book, mini books with shrink plastic (I’m going to check this one out – I’ve got loads of gocco printed shrink plastic and was wondering what to do with them!).  Also binding a book using a brown paper bag, ribbon binding tutorial.


I can see lots of web surfing in the next few days!

A little book

I meant to blog about this little book I made with my Bind it All just before Christmas.   I even found a title for it in the Drafts folder of Windows Live Writer!   I had a little scrap of the wire spiral binding to use up and just felt like playing, because I haven’t used it much since I bought it and I think a lot of this is because I have to look up the instructions every time I want to make one and it just takes too much time….  Unfortunately I couldn’t work out how to just punch the middle with three holes so it has a couple of empty holes top and bottom.  I suppose I could use these to advantage by threading some decorative yarn or beads through them…  The book is about 3 inches square.

little book made with Bind it All

The covers are made using painted matboard which has been textured with tissue paper.   I made this when I was working through  Mary Todd Beam’s book, Celebrate your creative self.  


I filled it with random decorated pages – this is some painted Japanese newspaper that the Gocco machines are packed with and, I think, some patterned paper randomly stencilled with some sequin waste.

little book with gocco printed page

This page has been Gocco printed with my medieval woodcut screen.

gocco printed pages in little book

This one has an angel stamp and a sort of partial repeated print of the Newport streets gocco screen.  An abstract, arty and definitely unrepeatable print!