Japanese Side Sewn Sketchbook
Beginner | 1 hour 9 min
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Learn four different stitches for this historical Japanese bookbinding structure: Four-hole, Noble, Hemp Leaf and Tortoise Shell. Single sheets are stacked and bound to create this simple and elegant binding. These are great books to use for sketchbooks, journals, photo albums and artists' books.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Materials:
  • bone folder
  • straight edge ruler
  • awl
  • cutting knife (optional if you tear paper)
  • needle
  • clothes pins
  • one sheet of 8.5 x 11 cover weight paper (will be halved to make two cover pieces)
  • 5 -10 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 text weight or light weight paper (will be halved to make the book pages)
  • thread (linen thread is best for bookbinding but for this binding you can experiment with other string or thread)
  • pencil
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Learn how to:
  • Preparing paper and cover for binding
  • Creating sewing stations for binding
  • Four-hole, nobile, hemp leaf, and tortoise shell binding stitches

What you’ll get:
  • An easy-to-follow lesson on how to create a Japanese side sewn sketchbook
  • 10 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Itemized supply list
  • Downloadable PDF pattern included
  • Step-by-step instruction by artist Jody Alexander
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions and interact with other students
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Ally
I liked the subject matter, but the production quality of this series is terrible. Filmed in a dark room, and what close-ups there are at an odd angle. And what's with the gloves? They often block what she's doing with her hands. Disappointing.
September 7, 2022
Joan Cavanna
Another excellent class by Jody Alexander. She is concise and clear, easy to understand and to follow along. I learned along from this class
More than 3 months ago
Angela Lamet
Love the instructions. Easy to follow and beautiful outcome. Anxious to do them all!
More than 3 months ago