Posts Tagged ‘bookbinding’

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 . . .



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.

accordion book - flat low res

accordion book - 02 spread low res

accordion book - spread low res

accordion book - front and back low res

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





March Workshops!

Monday, March 4th, 2013



Indie Publishing, by Ellen Lupton

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Bookbinding is a beautiful craft enjoyed by many. However, what if you not only want to make a book, but also to fill it with stuff? And then make a bunch of copies of that book?  And then get all of those copies into the hands of people who will read them?

indie publishing coverThat’s a whole other ball game, but today it’s no longer just the business of big publishing houses, anyone can do it themselves. If it seems like a daunting task, and you don’t even know where to begin, check out Indie Publishing: How to Design and Produce your Own Book.
Ellen Lupton, Graphic Designer, Curator, and Educator, has mastered the art of teaching the essentials of design and production. Indie Publishing is a simple and accessible book, with sections like “Publishing Basics,” “Design Basics,” and “Production Basics.” It doesn’t dazzle you with the intricacies of of fine bookbinding techniques, or the complexity of the book market. Rather, it gives you just enough of just the right information to make a book, to design it well, and to distribute it to your audience.
While there are some folks who have an unpublished novel or a poetry manuscript on their hard drives, this book is not just for them. It’s also for someone who may want to make some photo albums for family gifts, or to commemorate an event, to record their thoughts in a more hand on format than a blog, or even to make a business presentation more attractive. Graphic Design has a thoroughly zeitgeisty status these days, Ellen Lupton demystifies it and make it accessible to anyone.

Adventures in Bookbinding

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Having never made a book before I thought that I would try it out for my sister’s birthday present.  I made a hardcover and a smaller soft cover book using the same materials but different methods.  I also got her a Katazome-shi covered tea tin (available in-store in several different sizes and patterns) and a pen holder to attach to her books (available in-store in silver and gold).  I made her a matching bookmark.

On both books I used the Kurotani #55 Tanabata (available in-store) for the cover paper, which is one of my favourite natural papers right now.  I love the flecks of colour on the beautiful Japanese handmade paper.  I wanted to add a little bit more colour to the inside and used the Moriki Kozo Raspberry for the end pages on both as well.  I added a teal ribbon (available in-store) for a little bit of something extra.  For the bookmark I covered on side of cardstock with the Kurotani #55 Tanabata and the other with the Moriki Kozo Raspberry.

I used a cardstock between the cover and end page on the soft cover book, which I also scored at the side to make it easier to write in.

I had a lot of fun making everything.  It was a nice challenge for my first book binding experience.