Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Lark Books; 1st edition (September 1995)
Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9 x 10.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
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Detailed instructions accompanied by drawings on the same page of each stitch to be taken to bind a book, stitch varieties, binding paperbacks into custom hardbacks, creating 3 dimensional art work in book form plus invaluable pragmatic advice such as the safe relative distance from hole to edge and hole to hole, depending on size of book and binding type, as well as how many pages becomes too cumbersome to open or view with a particular technique.Multiple suggestions follow each demonstration for expanding the technique shown, or varying the format to satisfy one's own preferences and prejudices. Ms. LaPlantz specifies infinitesmally small steps which make following the directions exceptionally easy. And she progresses from standard codex (covers and a spine) to remarkably artful constructions all the while being encouraging, enthusiastic and clear. She does not make extensive use of commoditized products other than printer paper for the book text pages, and recommends simple tools for beginning (needle, thread, cardboard, glue, paste, scissors) as well as explaining how to make one's own binding frame from an old hardback book.Unhappily, her subsequent The Art & Craft of Handmade Books: New Ideas and Innovative Techniques was not as well edited as Cover to Cover, as you can see from her website laplantzstudios dot com which lists 27 pages of corrections to the printed edition as well as including material edited out which was essential for clarity, continuity and simplicity of instruction. Her website also includes free printable bonus materials, photos, techniques not in Art and Craft of Handmade Books.
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