My first sketchbook

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This is a 4 hole pouch book – a Japanese style bookbinding. The workshop offered by MIT Libraries Preservation Services was just what I’ve been wanting – with a few relatively inexpensive tools, I’ll make my own sketchbooks with my own favorite papers in my own preferred sizes. So egocentric!

Additional information:

japanbookThe recommended book is

Japanese Bookbinding: Instructions from a Master Craftsman
by Ikegami, Kojiro
Supplies needed include 2 sheets of beautiful paper for the covers and 10 sheets for the interior. I’m going to buy the book and hopefully learn if there are recommended maximum page numbers and other details. The sewing was done with embroidery floss/sturdy needle. For the inner binding, a little wheat paste and twisted Japanese paper are needed. Little squares of book cloth are attached to the ends of the spine.
Tools: protective cutting board, covered weight (we had bricks carefully wrapped in fabric) awl, previously made template for positioning holes, bone folder
I have everything but the awl – the toughest part just might be finding a work surface free of paint.

2 Responses to “My first sketchbook”


  1. 1 laraine January 15, 2009 at 11:37 am

    I’m jealous! will you show your tools or a list of tools?

  2. 2 elissa January 21, 2009 at 10:50 am

    hahaha “so egocentric”! I love the book, looks like fun to make 🙂


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