We made our first humbling attempts at Japanese stab-stitch binding, and since the awls were cattywampus,
as the instructor said, and my thumbs were destroyed before I realized I
was trying to press-and-wiggle them into the protective book board
underneath. The stark red cover was also unforgiving; a patterned one
might hide a little of the stray lines.
artists book will use this binding, which is appropriate, not only for
the convenience of the paper orientation and printing, but also because
this binding will allow for a sexy drape, which will not only invite
touch but will evoke the line of the body at rest.
second book was The Big Project: tape binding. We used a punching
jig, or punching cradle, and a template for the punches, which made the
task seem smoother than it perhaps was. Of what we've learned thus far,
I have developed a shy crush on the unassuming pamphlet stitch.
Please, please ignore my five-year-old technique in cutting the cover
also made a charmingly small dos-a-dos book at the close of the
evening, and while cutting, I discovered someone had printed on the back
of my ruler. The poem--Alice--