- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Lark Crafts; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (June 30, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780937274873
- ISBN-13: 978-0937274873
- ASIN: 0937274879
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 82 customer reviews
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The book has many photos of handmade books, most in color, that are great to look at for inspiration. The directions are sketches.
There are many other bindings in the book but I have yet to try them so I don't know if those directions do the same thing or not.
The downfalls to the book are that it doesn't talk about tension or knots. After I finally mastered the Noble bind steps, I'd find that the finished bind was too tight or too loose. I assume I'll get that with practice but it would be nice if she mentioned what type of tension to look for and how to get it. Should I pull tight? should I leave it loose? how loose? etc.
There is also no mention of the knot to finish it. It simply says "tie and knot." I did a basic overhand but then that left a knot you could feel on the back. I tried to hide it in a hole but that didn't work either. I have no clue how or where to tie my knot so that you can't see or feel it. This is an issue I'll have to resort to Google to fix.
Also, in places, the inspiration photos do not tell you what binding that particular book has. The photo's only show artist's name. Sometimes they match up to the binding being discussed, but other times they do not.
Hardback books. The pictures help... but if this is your first time learning to bind books, the written instructions and step by step illustrations may be a bit confusing. The pictures help... but you’re left to figure out a lot of the step yourself.
If you are an experienced bookbinder with stitches like Coptic and kettle stitches, you may find this book makes a lot more sense to you and it’s easy to follow.
I researched this book and another book on amazon, and I’m glad I chose this one. I am comfortable with Coptic and kettle stitches so I was able to make sense of the hand-drawn illustration steps. For myself, I wish more pages devoting to other hardcover books. I deducted one star because the steps can be a bit confusing and the number of case bound books is relatively small. But if you are a beginner, then you might find more uses for this book
In terms of being an instruction manual, it is a bit all over the place. The written instructions are mostly decent, but not complete. I've found that I've had to use multiple sources to complete any new book project as none of the introductory books cover things quite thoroughly enough with illustrations or photos to match the written process. I'm fine with illustrations used instead of photos, but these illustrations are not clear enough to follow.