Homemade Books


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Spent an evening at the Indianapolis Art Center learning construction of homemade books. It took two hours from start to finish.

You cut paper and board to size. This particular book is 4 1/2 x 6. The beautiful paper for the cover is available at  Dolphin Papers , Franklin IN. These books are also made as softcovers, shown in the tutorials below.

The book (right hand side) is prepared for stabbing with an awl and proved surprisingly easy to make the holes for binding the book. Note: I attached the binding clips on the wrongs ends of the book  and should be placed vertically. The sewing stitch used is Japanese Stab Binding. Here are tutorials for DIY’s  Japanese Stab Binding

This is my finished product. I plan to give them as lovely gifts.

The imagination is boundless and I dare say inspiring. 10/24/2016

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6 Responses to Homemade Books

  1. The Poetry Channel says:

    I saw a Public Television program about crafts, not the quilt making & scrapbooking variety, and not to diminish those either, but the Old world crafts. There was a gentleman who handmade books that were stunning works of art. Leather bound, gold leaf calligraphy. Must have been amazing to see in person.

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  2. Joan says:

    Hey Martha, I have nominated you for the 3 day, 3 quote challenge.


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  3. Laurie says:

    I remember learning to make them in school. We used old wall paper samples.

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  4. What a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing with us.
    God bless!

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  5. I did that when I was a kid! Punch the holes and bind with strings.

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  6. marciadid says:

    I love this and I am very intrigued!


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