Today I would like to share a review of the following book;
Cover to Cover; Creative Techniques for Making Beautiful Books, Journals & Albums by Shereen La Plantz.
This is published by Lark Books and the ISBN
13:0-937274-81-x (hardcover) 0-937274-87-3 (paperback)
10:0-937274-81-x (hardcover) 0-937274-87-9 (paperback)
- Bookbinding Basics
- Pamphlet Stitch
- Basic Codex
- Stab Bindings
- Fold Books
- Combination Books
- Unusual Bindings
- Presentation Counts
The book starts with an overview of the tools and equipment needed to get into bookbinding, there is a recipie for Wheat Paste, this is a form of adhesive used when PVA would show through your cover material.
All the projects in this book are described in step by step format and have pictorial diagrams of what is being described. There are also plenty of photographs of finished books that have been created using the form of binding that has just been shown. This is inspirational for the new binder as it shows you what you can expect your finished project to look like, and how others have varied the technique and used different card/ paper to get a variaty of finishes.
The contents list doesn’t do justice to the scale of the viariety of projects described under each heading. There are several projects within each style so there is plenty for the beginner to try as well as more challenging binds for the more experienced.
I believe that this book is currently out of print, but it is well worth searching for this book as it has a wide range of projects to get your teeth into what ever level you are at.
Best wishes and thanks for reading