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Adventures in Bookbinding: Handcrafting Mixed-Media Books Flexibound – June 1, 2011
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
the bookbinding methods. I had to go on Youtube to
actually have a good look at how the Coptic binding was done.
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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The steps are not so clear in photos and the author explains the adventures much more them the bookbinding.Read more