Japanese Stab Binding

Anna Platz-Twells's Art Blog

I have previously made books using the simple, traditional Japanese four-hole bind, and the new five-hole bind of which I saw examples at the Small Publisher’s Fair in London. Now I am looking at more decorative methods of Japanese stab binding. I was inspired by images I saw online when searching for new book making techniques to explore. Using books I made for the Locksbrook Christmas market, I am rebinding books with pattern stitches.

I found this website, compiling resources concerning Japanese stab binding which has been helpful in learning new techniques.

I began with the hemp-leaf stitch pattern. On my first attempt, the book with the dark magenta thread (pictured right), I got the wholes in the wrong places. I rectified this in my second attempt and then made several hemp-leaf books.

I filled the first of these with lines from my quarantine journal. I used blue thread…

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