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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592536875
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592536870
  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 3.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Who wouldn’t immediately fall in love with a crafty author (Re-Bound: Creating Handmade Books with Recycled and Repurposed Materials, 2009, was her first) whose first sentence proclaims, 'Books are my passion'? And through this statement, Stein expresses a love not only of reading but also of her 15-year hands-on affair with making books. The writing is clear and articulate; instructions rock, especially since all feature enough illustrations, directions, and color photographs for novices to follow. The real lure? Her 10 projects, deliberately skewed to the beginner level, but also playful enough to entice professionals. Media range from crochet and jewelry fixings to doll-fashioning and quilting. Each pattern also features two alternatives: a one-page shortcut version (read: store-bought materials like prefab dolls and costume jewelry) and a master’s option, created by another artist, not including directions. A bling-decorated sketchbook or a quilted-for-comfort workbook?" — Booklist

About the Author

Jeannine Stein has been making books for more than fifteen years, exploring bindings, mediums, and techniques. In addition to teaching book-binding, she is an award-winning journalist, and she has written extensively about paper crafts-artists' books, scrapbooking, rubber stamping, and letterpress. She is the author of Re-Bound: Creating Handmade Books with Recycled and Repurposed Materials (Quarry Books, 2009). She lives in Los Angeles.


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Well written with many photo references.
Therese P. Dignard
I want to get them interested in writing their own Journals and have planned, with the help of the book great ways to get and keep them interested!
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I highly recommend this book to get ideas and instructions for making bequtiful journals.
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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful By BeachBrights VINE VOICE on May 20, 2011
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Haley Mathiot VINE VOICE on July 15, 2011
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Adventures in Book Binding was the perfect book to get me rolling. It had just enough information to educate me on the basics, but it didn't feel like a book meant for fourth-graders. I had no experience in book binding whatsoever (though I have years of craft experience), and now I feel like I'm ready to take off.

The beginning has information about tools, materials, adhesive, paper, and lots of other information. Each project has the fully explained version, a "Shortcut" idea and blurb for a more simple project, and a "Master" idea and blurb. The instructions themselves have many photographs, illustrations, and easy to read explanations.

The projects themselves are astounding! I loved every single one of them. They looked fun to make, they were all very different, and were very inspiring. I could spend hours flipping through this book, and every time I look at a project my mind goes crazy coming up with new ideas of my own.

There are templates and patterns in the back.

All in all I am highly satisfied with Adventures in Bookbinding and recommend it to anyone who has some experience in sewing or crafting and wants to get started creating their own books or journals.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Platt on July 4, 2011
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This book brings together traditional book binding techniques and mixed media to create fun projects. The getting started section is quite brief giving parts of a book, materials needed, sewing signatures and ideas on designing in just nine pages. Each projects gives materials needed, techniques and instructions that are easy to follow. More binding details are given for each project. This book contains a variety of covers incorporating different mixed media techniques such as needle felting, jewellery, weaving, sewing, collage, polymer clay, quilting, decoupage, lino printing and crochet. At the end of each project there is a gallery of ideas and notes from the maker. This book should inspire anyone interested in hand crafting books. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 14, 2012
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A good book, but would have liked a bit more info on
the bookbinding methods. I had to go on Youtube to
actually have a good look at how the Coptic binding was done.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Veronica Silva on July 28, 2012
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This book is lovely to leaf through; cute photographs full of things to look at, clear information, simple instructions. Unfortunately, the books usefulness is rather short lived as most of the projects tend to be very similar with a focus on textiles and decorating of books rather than bookbinding.
For someone who enjoys the decorative aspects of book making this is great for inspiration, but if you are looking for serious instructions on traditional bookbinding, or just the basics of bookbinding, then this book is probably not for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lostartchix on December 30, 2011
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I originally took this book out of the local library. I loved it so much I bought it! SO much inspiration and great binding ideas throughout the book. Not your run of the mill book on book binding. Lots of tips and easy to follow directions for different techniques. Not a how-to finished project book - more of a technique how-to book. Beautiful photography with lots of closeups and well written.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dreamfisher on September 12, 2011
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As with many other titles published by Quarry, "Adventures in Bookbinding-Hand Crafting Mixed-Media Books" by Jeanine Stein, is elegant in its simplicity of information and its layout. There is great attention paid to readability with the use of clean fonts, logical instructions and appropriate illustrations and photos. I was relieved to see the information presented without the designers resorting to color-tinted pages or flowery graphics as seems to be a recent trend in mixed-media books.

The author clearly loves both books and a wide variety of crafts. The m/m part comes from all the various mediums applied to making the covers to enclose your hand made book. There is a slight lean toward textile arts, as the author includes crochet, quilting, weaving, needle-felting, plush dolls and either raw or gessoed canvas for covers on half of the ten projects. Each of these ten ideas then has three variations, with detailed instructions for duplication or further inspiration.

These are basic book structures, with front and back covers and simple stitches to join the signatures and then attach the pages to your unique cover. Only the Jewelry & Metal Pocket Sketchbook is slighty varied with accordion folded pages that have pockets. My four star rating comes from a slight niggle I have with the title, which I think could have been more clear. Certainly this book is about much more, and a little less, than "bookbinding". Perhaps the sub-title, Handcrafting Mixed-Media Books would suffice.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mikki L Lesowitz on June 30, 2011
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I pre-ordered Jeannine's book and then waited impatiently for it to arrive. When it finally did, I savored every page like I was having a delicious meal. What a smorgasbord for us mixed-media junkies curious about incorporating a variety of crafts into our bookmaking. From novices to advanced bookmakers, "Adventures in Bookbinding" is just that... a wonderful adventure.
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