At Home With Handmade Books

At Home With Handmade Books

28 Extraordinary Bookbinding Projects Made From Ordinary and Repurposed Materials

Book - 2011
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Random House, Inc.
The handmade books presented here offer creative ways for you to explore your personal styles and interests: Create a record of this year's garden with a book made out of seed packets. Collect your favorite recipes under the protective cover of a plastic cutting mat. Make simple memo pads out of recycle bin scraps. In this collection of twenty-eight Japanese bookbinding projects, traditional techniques meet contemporary style, from easy-to-fold accordion books to the intricate and interesting Japanese stab-stitch bindings.

Book artist Erin Zamrzla makes Japanese stab binding easy and unintimidating. Her clear step-by-step instructions make even the more complicated stitches easy to re-create. Information on the basics of bookbinding, including terminology, tools, and techniques are included and many projects encourage the creative use of ordinary and recycled materials.

Make the projects in this book and discover creative ways to chronicle your life's adventures.

Book News
In projects adapted from traditional Japanese bookbinding methods (e.g., four-hole, Yamato two-hole) a California book artist presents the basics of making handmade books, material and tool lists, techniques, and step-by-step instructions often using recycled papers. These creative projects include accordion books, hanging ledger books, children's peek-a-books, return-to-sender mail books, recipe books, a sock cover book, and pillowcase dream journal. Resources are listed. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Boston : Trumpeter, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781590308226
Branch Call Number: 686.3 Z15a 2011
Characteristics: 191 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Aug 22, 2017

This book is so beautiful and made me feel excited to do some new projects! The creativeness of this author is very apparent. I consider myself pretty knowledgeable on recycling and eco friendly crafts, but I would have never thought of using seed packets for a Japanese bookbinding project. So stinking cute! I think it's time to get the girls together for a girls craft night...

Nov 28, 2015

Book is now missing from CPL. If you want this book, you must request it via interlibrary loan.

timnah Jan 07, 2012

Not terribly extraordinary.


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