After explaining the tools and materials needed, Rachel takes you through each project with step-by-step instructions.
Different techniques for cutting and folding are demonstrated, and, once you are happy with the various techniques, you will then begin to bind your own books with stitches such as ladder, dash and chain. Projects include The Slit Book, A Concertina with Pockets and The Five-Hole Pamphlet, which can then be developed further to create unique and personal handmade notebooks, books and keepsakes that are not only fun and satisfying to make, but also make wonderful gifts.
So whether you have already tried your hand at bookbinding or are a complete beginner, Rachel's knowledge and passion will inspire you to explore the many possibilities of bookart.
For Hazell (The Traveling Bookbinder), "making books is my way of making sense of the world," and she shares a workable entr e into the art of creating contemporary bindings. To encourage bookmaking, Hazell promises that "by binding your own projects, you make a place for your own stories." She introduces the required tools bone folder, scalpel, mat and papers, before explaining inks and threads, glues, and beeswax. She keenly describes her techniques, including inkery and stitchery (ladder, dash, chain), and then presents 15 projects that range in difficulty from the cut-and-folded slit book to the hardback, a capstone that calls on the skills developed crafting the first 14 projects and adds the classic kettle stitch. Susan Bell's abundant photographs capture Hazell's hands, making even complex instructions easy to understand. The result is an appealing guide for those bound to books with or without words.