Posts Tagged ‘bookbinding’

Hand Stitched Pamphlet DIY

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Hi all!

Emma here. I’m very excited because next week I’m instructing our Hand Stitched Collage Journal workshop here in the store! Bookbinding can sometimes be a tricky business, and there are a lot of steps that need to be followed. So I’m making an instructional pamphlet for everyone to refer to during the workshop, and take home at the end.

Hand stitched pamphlets look really impressive and are super easy to make, so I thought I’d share a quick guide on how to sew one!

First, you want to layout all your pages. If you’re doing a double sided pamphlet like I did, this can feel a little weird because the layouts tends to look backwards. The trick is to count how many pages you have, then find your 2 middle pages, because these will be facing each other, and will therefore be printed on the same sheet of paper (I had 8 pages, so my middle pages were 4 & 5). Then, work backwards from there. If your middle pages are 4 & 5, then the back of that page is 3 & 6.

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Once you have the pages laid out, print or photocopy them so they’re double sided. You can also make a separate cover in a different colour if you want to get really fancy!

Now it’s time to assemble your pamphlet. Put all the sheets together in order, and fold them in half. I used a bone folder to get a really nice crease (available in store for $9.95).

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Next, I created a template with 3 holes in it: One in the centre, one near the top and one near the bottom (the last two should be equidistant from the centre).

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Put the template in the middle of your pamphlet and punch the same three holes through your pages. Measure out your thread (2x the length of your spine) and thread your needle. I really love sewing with the waxed linen thread we have in the store (20 yards of 2-ply for only $4.50!). The waxy coating helps ensure you don’t rip through the paper you’re sewing.

Begin sewing in the centre hole, leaving a 1″ piece outside your pamphlet. Sew back out the top hole, then all the way to the bottom hole. When your pulling your stitches tight, make sure to gently pull parallel to the spine to further prevent ripping. Resurface through the middle hole and tie the two ends together.

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And voila! This is one of the easiest forms of a book to make, and I love making little pamphlet books for my family and friends. Come check out our enormous in store selection of 8.5 x 11 papers, perfect for pamphlet making!

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Happy weekend!

Emma

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Stitched Spine Collage Journal Workshop!

Friday, March 6th, 2015


Tuesday March 24th, 6:30-9:30pm – $65 + HST

Come flex your creative muscles and learn a brand new skill in our Stitched Spine Collage Journal workshop! Hand-bound books are not only incredibly satisfying to make, but they also make great (and impressive!) gifts for friends and family. Combining the art of collage with our beautiful Japanese papers, this darling little journal is the perfect introduction to the world of bookbinding.

Payment is required upon registration for all workshops to guarantee a space. You may register in person at the store or by phone with a credit card. Withdrawal allowed up to three days before the workshop. There are no refunds after that time. Unfortunately we do not have access to washroom facilities at the store. Adult participants only please (unless specifically stated).

Call us at: (416) 703-0089 – 887 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON. M6J 1G5

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Canadiana Stitched Pamphlet

Monday, December 8th, 2014

With my background in publishing, I jumped at the chance to make a book for this week’s blog post. And being new to Canada (moving from Ireland to Toronto last April), I’m also still enjoying the honeymoon phase with all things Canadiana. The Canadian flag, designed by George Stanley in 1964 to be ‘instantly recognizable, and simple enough so that school children could draw it’, lends itself to tweaks and manipulation in a way that only a handful of national ensigns do.

1. Stitched pamphlet  Cover to Cover[7]

Pamphlet stitch, p. 21 of Sheena LaPlantz’ Cover to Cover ($19.95)

2. Stitched pamphlet tools[10]

Tools for making a stitched pamphlet


Using Sheena LaPlantz’ book, Cover to Cover: creative techniques for making beautiful books, journals & albums, as my guide, I set about making a very simple 16-page stitched pamphlet, using Japanese ivory linen cardstock and red WNP cardstock for the cover and ivory WNP text paper for the pages inside. After cutting all sheets in half (lengthways), I took a further 1″ off the width of the ivory linen (so that it’s shorter than the red cardstock) and roughly 1/4″ off the width and the height of the ivory text (so that it’s tucked inside the pamphlet).

3. Stitched pamphlet stitch[9]

Finishing the very, very simple stitch


I positioned the first hole I made with the awl exactly in the centre of the crease and the second and third holes (above and below the first), I positioned 3/4″ from the top and bottom of the signature. The book binding tape is just over 1″ wide and I cut each strip (3 in total) to a length of 4¾″. I snipped a 1/4″ into either end of each strip so that it would fold into the pamphlet, on either side of the spine.

 

4. Stitched pamphlet reindeer wood shape[7]

Reindeer face wood shape ($1.00) used as an outline on the red text weight paper


And for the central image of the cover, I couldn’t resist the wooden holiday shapes, choosing the reindeer face to replace the customary maple leaf. Using a light pencil, I traced around the shape on the red cardstock and then cut it out carefully using a small scissors. I glued her to the front of the pamphlet using one of our small rice glue sticks.

5. Canadiana reindeer stitched pamphlet[4]

The finished, 16-page, stitched pamphlet


I set myself the task of making a stitched pamphlet which would give a respectful and humorous nod to my new habitat. I hope you like it as much as I do! Now I just have to decide who to send it to . . .

Aoife

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Accordion Bookbinding Workshop!

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Don’t miss out, there are still a few spots left for this fantastic Accordion Bookbinding Workshop! It takes place Wednesday, March 27, 2013, from 6:30pm – 8:30pm for $50.

Accordion books make beautiful sketchbooks, storybooks or photo albums.  The continuous folded interior can be spread out long to be viewed all at once or flipped through like an ordinary book making the possibilities for it’s uses endless!  In this workshop you will learn the techniques to complete a 4 x 6 inch hardcover accordion book using hand stenciled Japanese Katazome-shi for the cover and pages.

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Payment is required upon registration for all workshops to guarantee a space. You may register in person at the store or by phone with a credit card. Withdrawal allowed up to three days before the workshop. There are no refunds after that time. Unfortunately we do not have access to washroom facilities at the store. Adult participants only please (unless specifically stated).

Call us at: (416) 703-0089 – 887 Queen St. West, Toronto, On. M6J 1G5

 

 

 

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March Workshops!

Monday, March 4th, 2013

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