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Adventures in Bookbinding: Handcrafting Mixed-Media Books [Kindle Edition]

Jeannine Stein
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Book Description

Each project in this book combines bookbinding with a specific craft such as quilting, jewelry making, or polymer clay, and offer levels of expertise: basic, novice, and expert.  Illustrated step-by-step instructions and photographs demonstrate how to construct the cover pages, and a unique binding technique, easy enough for a beginner to master.

Each project also features two other versions with the same binding geared to those with more or less experience.  The novice version is for those who have no knowledge of the craft and want shortcuts, but love the look.  For the quilter's book, for example, vintage quilt pieces become the covers so all that's needing in the binding.  Or if you're interested in wool felting use an old sweater.  This offers great opportunities for upcycling.

The expert version is for those who have a great deal of knowledge and proficiency of a certain craft - the master art quilter, for example.  For this version, an expert guest artist has created the cover and the author has created the binding.  This offers yet another creative opportunity - the collaborative project.  Since crafters often get involved with round-robins and other shared endeavors, this will show them yet another way to combine their skills.

No other craft book offers the possibilities and challenges that Adventures in Bookbinding does.  Readers will return to it again and again to find inspiration and ideas.



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"Who wouldn't immediately fall in love with a crafty author (Re-Bound: Creating Handmade Books with Recycled and Repurposed Materials, 2009, was her first) whose first sentence proclaims, 'Books are my passion'? And through this statement, Stein expresses a love not only of reading but also of her 15-year hands-on affair with making books. The writing is clear and articulate; instructions rock, especially since all feature enough illustrations, directions, and color photographs for novices to follow. The real lure? Her 10 projects, deliberately skewed to the beginner level, but also playful enough to entice professionals. Media range from crochet and jewelry fixings to doll-fashioning and quilting. Each pattern also features two alternatives: a one-page shortcut version (read: store-bought materials like prefab dolls and costume jewelry) and a master's option, created by another artist, not including directions. A bling-decorated sketchbook or a quilted-for-comfort workbook?" -- Booklist

About the Author

Jeannine Stein has been making books for more than fifteen years, exploring bindings, mediums, and techniques. She is an award-winning journalist and has written about paper crafts-artists’ books, scrapbooking, rubber stamping, and letterpress. She is the author of Re-Bound: Creating Handmade Books with Recycled and Repurposed Materials.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 73892 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (1 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050BXW0Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #579,608 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY interesting 18 Oct. 2011
Format:Flexibound
I'm always excited to see a new book on bookbinding (one of my passions). I especially like big full-colour photos (I find it very hard to see detail in b&w and greyscale pix) and I like good closeups of any step-by-step processes. This book fills all those requirements very nicely. I liked most of the projects although the soft toy covers were a little too 'out there' for me (cringe-making in fact) but bye and large I was extremely impressed. So YES, I do recommend it. It shares knowledge, it shares art and it's also fun. 4 stars from me!
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4.0 out of 5 stars hand crafted books 4 July 2011
By K. Platt TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This book brings together traditional book binding techniques and mixed media to create fun projects. The getting started section is quite brief giving parts of a book, materials needed, sewing signatures and ideas on designing in just nine pages. Each projects gives materials needed, techniques and instructions that are easy to follow. More binding details are given for each project. This book contains a variety of covers incorporating different mixed media techniques such as needle felting, jewellery, weaving, sewing, collage, polymer clay, quilting, decoupage, lino printing and crochet. At the end of each project there is a gallery of ideas and notes from the maker. This book should inspire anyone interested in hand crafting books. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great but not for beginners 10 Oct. 2011
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This book has some amazing projects that I cannot wait to try out but I really wouldn't reccomend it for uuter beginners. there are alot of different tools used and no real explanations of the beginning aspects of bookmaking. I would only reccomend getting this once you have a good grasp of the basics and are willing to try a few new things with your skills.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for beginners 10 Dec. 2011
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Very concise book with great ideas. Gives all the information you need to know and more. A book I shall use many times over I am sure.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wholeheartedly recommended for beginners and crafters! 15 July 2011
By Haley Mathiot - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Flexibound
Adventures in Book Binding was the perfect book to get me rolling. It had just enough information to educate me on the basics, but it didn't feel like a book meant for fourth-graders. I had no experience in book binding whatsoever (though I have years of craft experience), and now I feel like I'm ready to take off.

The beginning has information about tools, materials, adhesive, paper, and lots of other information. Each project has the fully explained version, a "Shortcut" idea and blurb for a more simple project, and a "Master" idea and blurb. The instructions themselves have many photographs, illustrations, and easy to read explanations.

The projects themselves are astounding! I loved every single one of them. They looked fun to make, they were all very different, and were very inspiring. I could spend hours flipping through this book, and every time I look at a project my mind goes crazy coming up with new ideas of my own.

There are templates and patterns in the back.

All in all I am highly satisfied with Adventures in Bookbinding and recommend it to anyone who has some experience in sewing or crafting and wants to get started creating their own books or journals.
49 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Video Review 20 May 2011
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty but short lived usefulness 28 July 2012
By Veronica Silva - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Flexibound|Verified Purchase
This book is lovely to leaf through; cute photographs full of things to look at, clear information, simple instructions. Unfortunately, the books usefulness is rather short lived as most of the projects tend to be very similar with a focus on textiles and decorating of books rather than bookbinding.
For someone who enjoys the decorative aspects of book making this is great for inspiration, but if you are looking for serious instructions on traditional bookbinding, or just the basics of bookbinding, then this book is probably not for you.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars hand crafted books 4 July 2011
By K. Platt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Flexibound
This book brings together traditional book binding techniques and mixed media to create fun projects. The getting started section is quite brief giving parts of a book, materials needed, sewing signatures and ideas on designing in just nine pages. Each projects gives materials needed, techniques and instructions that are easy to follow. More binding details are given for each project. This book contains a variety of covers incorporating different mixed media techniques such as needle felting, jewellery, weaving, sewing, collage, polymer clay, quilting, decoupage, lino printing and crochet. At the end of each project there is a gallery of ideas and notes from the maker. This book should inspire anyone interested in hand crafting books. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Adventures in Bookbinding 15 Aug. 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A good book, but would have liked a bit more info on
the bookbinding methods. I had to go on Youtube to
actually have a good look at how the Coptic binding was done.
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