More Making Books By Hand: Exploring Miniature Books, Alternative Structures, and Found Objects

More Making Books By Hand: Exploring Miniature Books, Alternative Structures, and Found Objects

by Peter Thomas, Donna Thomas


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This must-have book for newcomers to the popular art of bookmaking teaches all the basics and features easy and interesting projects that allow self-expression and experimentation. More experienced bookmakers and paper enthusiasts will also note that it offers a wealth of practical tips and techniques in one handy resource.

All the basic bookmaking techniques include lots of specialized tips. Simple book structures, miniature books, and a wide variety of projects that highlight themes such as travel, music, even wearable books -- a book necklace and earrings -- provide creative variations on traditional ideas.

The authors share innovative, unique, and previously unpublished binding structures that incorporate scrolls, flaps, folders, and more. In addition, some book projects are made from unusual materials or found objects, such as a book out of a ukulele, a real accordion book, a book diorama in a cigar box, and other experimental creations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592530748
Publisher: Quarry Books
Publication date: 10/01/2004
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 9.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

Peter and Donna Thomas, as stylistic innovators of the field, have won several awards for their one-of-kind books. Under the previous imprint of The Good Book Press, and the current imprint, Peter and Donna Thomas: Santa Cruz, their books have been shown in individual and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad. They live in Santa Cruz, California.

Table of Contents

Section IBasic Bookmaking Techniques10
Bookbinding Terminology10
Basic Skills16
How to Determine Grain Direction16
How to Square Material Before Measuring17
How to Mark Accurate Measurements17
How to Make a Scored Line to Fold Paper18
How to Cut Paper and Cardboard18
How to Obtain a Feathered Edge19
How to Choose and Modify Adhesives20
How to Apply Glue21
How to Press and Rub with Waxed Paper23
How to Work with Cloth23
How to Make the Bookblock24
How to Make a Textblock with Accordion Folds24
How to Fold an Accordion24
How to Make Accordions from Single Sheets, Folios, and Other Accordions26
How to Make a Textblock with Sewn Pages27
Tips for Sewing27
How to Tie a Weaver's Knot28
How to Make a Four-Hole Stab-Sewn Textblock29
How to Sew a Single-Section Textblock32
How to Sew Multiple Sections for a Miniature Textblock34
How to Sew Multiple Sections for a Large Textblock36
How to Prepare the Textblock for Binding39
How to Cover the Bookblock42
How to Make a Corner42
How to Make a Library Corner42
How to Make a Mitered Corner43
How to Make Panel Covers and Attach an Accordion45
How to Make a Case and Case-in a Bookblock48
Section IIThe Projects54
Project 1The Miniature Case-Bound Book56
Project 2The Accordion Book with Pockets62
Project 3The Case-Bound Fold-Out Accordion Book68
Project 4The Nested Accordion Pop-Up-Fold Book74
Project 5The Accordion Pleat Spine Stab-Sewn Book82
Project 6The Case-Bound Pocket Portfolio90
Project 7The Dowel Spine Portfolio96
Project 8The Scrolling Book104
Project 9The Flap Book112
Project 10The Dowel Hinge Spine Accordion Book120
Project 11Found Object Books128
Project 12The Hollow Book134
About the Authors143

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