Powell's City of Books. It was every bit as fantastic as I had heard about and while there I treated myself to quite a few books, one of which I am going to review today.
The book is called Re-Bound: Creating Handmade Books from Recycled and Repurposed Materials and it is by Jeannine Stein.
I have long had an interest in learning traditional (and not so traditional) forms of bookbinding, so it was quite a treat to read through this book.
This book has a good variety of projects and the instructions are quite detailed, with diagrams and photographs as well as suggestions for alternate ideas for the projects. The writing style is very open and easy to read through. Good break down of sections lots of lovely photography. The author has a great voice and makes you excited to see what kinds of books your can make and what kind of "trash" you can turn into book-treasure. And there are patterns in the back to assist you with making the projects.
Overall, I would rate this a great book for a novice bookbinder who likes the combination of coffee-table prettiness with basic to moderate bookbinding instruction.
I am really looking forward to curling up during the upcoming chilly season with some paper, waxed linen cord and a needle to see what I can come up with. ;)
Mary Ann Moss has had some really great posts recently about some book making projects she has been working. on. See this link here as an example.
And of course I am very excited to take Dina Wakley's next Art Journaling class, The Graffitti of My Life, which seems to have some bookmaking components as well.
Are you reading/making anything book related lately? Share. :)