Limp Book Binding with a Napkin

Monday, May 26, 2014

I'm back for one more quick post. ;) In my previous post, there is a small handbound book that is part of a class that I've been teaching. It had been awhile since I bound a book, but working on the class book has me interesting in bookbinding again. I'm completely self-taught, using books and on-line resources, so forgive me if I use any incorrect terminology. :)

This binding on this book is called Limp Binding, simply because the cover is soft. I'd never made a book like this, but I was messing around with napkins and liked the way one of them looked, so I made a cover with it by gluing it onto a sheet of cardstock. A lot of the napkin was in one piece, but it wasn't large enough to cover then entire sheet of paper, so I tore up another napkin and pieced it in. I covered it with ModPodge to help protect it from tearing, so it looks a bit leathery, but before the ModPodge it had such a nice fabric feel. I thought about adding something to the cover, but this has such a nice feel in your hands, I couldn't bear to. 

The binding incorporates three strips of ribbon into the spine.

I used alternating colors of green and blue in the signatures, and left the edges of the paper fairly rough.

 Fanned out pages.

I bound the book using a beautiful magenta thread, which is mostly covered up in the spine area, but you can see it in each of the signatures.

If you are interested in making a similar book, I used the Book Art Studio Handbook as a reference. This book measures 4.25" x 5.5".

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Deborah Anton said...

This is so awesome!!! I love how you made this and used napkins! Gorgeous... I need to take this class... :)

Conniecrafter said...

I have not tried anything like this before, it is so cool, love that color of green for the inside too :)

Leslie Miller said...

Okay, this is amazing! The binding of it is very intriguing and the napkin cover is gorgeous! There sure are some beautiful napkins available. I'm often tempted to buy them the way I collect paper, just for the art of it. I remember how it was popular to use napkins on cards a while back. I know how soft and wonderful this must feel in your hand. One uses touch as well as sight to experience something like this. Well done, Cheryl!

Katie Sims said...

Wow Cheryl..I never think to use napkins in my projects but you really made the most amazing book with it. It instantly reminded me of that fabulous card you made a while back with a napkin....simply lovely and so over the top creative! :)

Miriam said...

Love this Cheryl! What a beautiful napkin cover! I'd love to see this in person.