New Bookbinding Tutorials
eBooks By Margaret Woods
Margaret introduced herself to us a
little while ago, she asked if we would be prepared to feature
her bookbinding tutorials on the edenworkshops site. I agreed,
not only because I thought they might be of interest to those
besotted with bookbinding, but also because I think they would
draw people into bookbinding who practice different skills,
such as jewellery making and embroidery.
The bookbinding tutorials feature long
stitch sewing and Coptic sewing styles that have become popular
in recent years, and are very complete with illustrated
instructions. We hope you enjoy them.
After purchase you will be sent a link
to a web page where you can download the relevant bookbinding
The bookbinding tutorials are in .pdf
format, so you will need Adobe Acrobat or similar to read them.
You can download Adobe Acrobat for free here.
This clearly written, straightforward book
binding tutorial gives the dimensions, templates and sewing
pattern for you to make this attractive and useful
The book is bound using the 'Secret Belgian
Binding', the discovery of which is attributed to Hedi
You will need the following materials: book
board, book cloth, paper for the pages, glue, and
You will need the following tools: a
large-eyed needle or bodkin, a sharp craft knife, metal ruler
and bradawl or hole punch.
The instructions include useful tips on grain
and full-size printable
templates for the cover and page holes, and
If you are a good crafter or
experienced in Origami with a feel for paper, you'll find
this bookbinding tutorial fairly straightforward, although
it does require some skill and care in measuring, cutting,
folding and gluing.
The original design relies on the strength
of the folded paper to keep it from tearing. My version is
supported which makes it more versatile as you can then use
any type of paper without fear of it coming apart.
All you need to make this book is some
paper, card, cord and some basic craft equipment.
If you love paper, you will love making
this book and be inspired to make more! Price
If you've ever been shy of working with
leather, then this is the bookbinding tutorial for you.
Although making this journal requires some skill in
crafting, cutting, folding, tearing and sewing, if you are
used to making things, you will find it straightforward and
If you already make books it will save you
the hassle of having to work out the design. Obviously once
you have made one, you can ring the changes and make you own
You will need the following materials:
leather, glue, paper and waxed cord.
You will need the following tools: a
large-eyed needle or bodkin, a sharp craft knife, metal
ruler and bradawl or hole punch. Price
This gives detailed instructions for
making a miniature book which can be used as
pendant. It describes several methods of
attaching the book to a chain, the simplest of which do
not require jewellery equipment.
For those new to bookbinding, and for
jewellery-makers who want to expand their skills, this
gives all the information needed to make the tiny
You will need crafting skills such as
cutting and sewing but if you are an accurate, careful
worker, you will find this
This is a nice project if you are limited
for space as everything is on a small scale.
One of the more popular
sewings for leather journals is the
‘Langstitch-Kettenstitch’ originating in Mediaeval
Germany. It consists of a longstitch along the spine
combined with a chain link stitch at the head and tail of
This tutorial combines two processes, the
mediaeval sewing and a decorated, dyed or painted, leather
cover. The sewing is fairly easy to master, practical, and
quick to make and the end result is very attractive. You can
ring the changes by creating different covers and using
different coloured threads and methods of closure.
The book binding tutorial is illustrated
with drawings and photographs and although specific
measurements are given for this design, it is easily
scaleable. Price £8.11
This variation of the
'Blizzard' Binding makes a lovely photo album or memory
book. It has a sturdy construction and the pages are
removable. The book can be tied with ribbon or tape or
left just as it is.
If you enjoy folding and playing with
paper, you will love to make this book. The structure is
straightforward but it does require care and accuracy in the
making although there is no sewing involved.
There is scope for personalising every
book you make so it is ideal for giving as a present
including pages relevant to the recipient.
As the pages slot into pockets, they can
be removed and changed and there is room to stuff in extra
paper. It's a very tactile book and is nice to handle.
Another feature is that it is freestanding so can sit on a
shelf with the pages open for display. Price
The design and pattern for this
book is based on the ‘Nag Hammadi’ codices. These ancient
gnostic texts were discovered in Egypt in 1945 near the
small village of that name.
I have not attempted to make an
historically accurate facsimile. Instead I have tried to
create a book with the ‘flavour’ of the originals. My
interest lies in adopting and adapting old binding methods
to make artistic and useful contemporary books.
The original books were fairly large,
about 29 x 18 cm (11.5 x 7 ins)and would have taken a whole
hide of goat or sheep to make. I decided to use about half a
shoulder of vegetable tanned calf skin and make my book
about a quarter of the size: around 12 x 10 cm (5 x 4
This tutorial is suitable for anyone with
general craft skills in measuring, cutting, sewing, etc.
The book is sewn with 'direct tacketing'
which means you can undo the sewing and replace the paper
The tutorial is fully illustrated with
printable templates, photographs and diagrams. Price
This is the second tutorial in my Mediaeval (Medieval)
Series. It explains in detail how to sew a version of a
parchment-covered book made in Estonia in 1539. It is fully
illustrated with instructions, photographs and diagrams.
The sewing technique, construction and method of closure
remain close to the original. The book can be made up easily
using modern papers and materials without going to great
I have also included an old bookbinding technique showing
how to make faux parchment paper which I used for the cover. It
gives the book an interesting look and feel.
Although I have made the book using decorative paper, it
could just as easily be made with with a plain cover, with
Momigami, a very thin leather or with real parchment.
The size of the finished book is approximately 14 x 12.5 x 3
cm OR 5.5 x 5 x 1 ins. Price £8.11
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