152MC: Book Binding Practise

Before I start this post, I just want to point out the obvious; I am awful at binding, I am awful at crafts. I could loose to a small child at craft. But since I had little choice but to go along with the binding element of the module as best as I could. Needless to say, I didn’t overly enjoy the learning to bind but can’t deny the realisation of eventually getting it right was rewarding.

My choice of basic Japanese Stab Binding is, well basic I know. But the practise was still needed. I decided to first get the technique right and learn how to remember important elements such as tightening the thread or pulling the thread through enough.

Below is the first attempt.

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Second Attempt.

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Third Attempt

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Fourth Attempt- (Using some practise blue thread and created a quick cut-out window)

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Fifth (And Final) Attempt

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I haven’t yet fully decided whether to include the window idea in the final book, it’s difficult to achieve without currently having the right equipment. For the last few binding practises, I used an easy tutorial to guide me (Bookbinding Fundamentals) until I was confident enough to no longer need it.

References:

Munoz, E. (2013) Bookbinding Fundamentals: Basic Stab Binding – Tuts+ Crafts & DIY Tutorial [online] available from <http://crafts.tutsplus.com/tutorials/bookbinding-fundamentals-basic-stab-binding–craft-10250&gt; [17 May 2015]

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