Sunday, April 13, 2014

Buttonhole Binding

This is a book I made at a local book artist's home yesterday. It is a slight modification of Keith Smith's Buttonhole binding. I felt a little rushed at the end of class and you can see it in the bottom stitching of the book. I hope to have some time today to sit down and do another book with a little more care and time.

This book is constructed with Davey board which gives it a bit more more heft than using cardstock. The top and bottom part of the spine are wrapped with book cloth. The thread used for binding is a 4-ply waxed linen from Royalwood, Ltd. The inside sections and outside book cover are monoprints done with acrylics and plexiglass. Each one is unique. This is a video on YouTube that is very similar to what I did with my printing.

Instructions for this binding is found in Volume I Non-Adhesive Binding: Books Without Paste or Glue. Keith Smith's books can be found on his website.

It is a very beautiful book, I am definitely going to need to make some more.


  1. This is lovely, Kim! I do hope you find time this year to post more. You have a great blog voice and I enjoy your photos, easy to follow instructions and the links you share...not to mention you create awesome projects!


    1. Thanks Angi! It's been my goal the last 4 years or so to blog more. I plan to keep a running log of projects here - which I hope to stay true to this year.