As I sat perusing the blogosphere earlier tonight, I came across a post by Billie’s Craft Room, in which she posted her favourite five books on bookbinding and invited other bookbinders to do the same. I thought I’d take her up on the challenge! Here goes:
1. Books with Girth
- Author: Cherryl Moote
- Publisher: Moote Points www.mootepoints.com
- ISBN 0-9688811-8-1
Cherryl does a fantastic job of giving detailed instructions THAT MAKE SENSE – regardless of whether you’re a novice or a pro bookbinder. Her projects are lots of fun too.
2. How to Make Books
- Author: Esther K. Smith
- Publisher: Potter Craft www.pottercraft.com
- ISBN 978-0-307-35336-8
This is such a fun and visually stimulating book – I love the whole design of the book, from the inside pages to the chipboard letterpressed covers. It’s gorgeous. I also love the fact the Esther has many projects that include recycled materials.
3. 1-2 & 3-Section Sewings: Non-Adhesive Binding Volume II
- Author: Keith A. Smith
- Publisher: Keith Smith Books www.keithsmithbooks.com
- ISBN 0-9637682-2-0
Keith’s instructions can be tricky to understand and follow at times, but I love the incredible number of variations on each binding. Once you “get” his instructions and diagrams, you can make some pretty stunning books.
4. Unique Handmade Books
- Author: Alisa Golden
- Publisher: Sterling Publishing Co. www.sterlingpub.com
- ISBN 1-4027-0614-6
In truth, any of Alisa Golden’s books could be on this list. Her projects are fun, her instructions are great, and they’re a great mix between traditional bookbinding and art books. This was the first bookbinding book I ever bought (it was so pretty) – it actually sat on my bookshelf for a few years before I mustered up the nerve to attempt a project or two.
5. Cover to Cover: Creative Techniques for Making Beautiful Books, Journals and Albums
- Author: Shereen LaPlantz
- Publisher: Lark Books www.larkbooks.com
This is the one book you’ll find on most bookbinder’s shelves. It provides a good, solid overview of basic and more advanced bookbinding techniques.
Are there any other must-have books that you haven’t seen on this list? Please share!