The Art and Craft of Handmade Books (Dover Craft Books)

The Art and Craft of Handmade Books (Dover Craft Books)
By Shereen LaPlantz

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"A beautiful and worthwhile book." — Next Book Please
This innovative approach to bookbinding demonstrates an array of creative techniques that elevate handmade books into extraordinary works of art. Easy-to-follow, well-illustrated directions for more than 25 patterns explain how to make seven different kinds of books with pop-up panels and pages that "explode" from the spine as well as slipcases, tassels, and other distinctive features.
The guide begins with instructions for a simple accordion-fold book. Successive projects build on methods readers have already mastered and introduce new skills, including the pamphlet stitch, ideal for photo albums and scrapbooks; tacket binding, the versatile stitch of medieval Europe; and the Coptic stitch, employed by Christians of ancient Egypt. A full-color photo gallery, with contributions from more than 60 artists, offers further inspiration for enhancing and personalizing projects by using alphabets, bestiaries, botanical illustrations, and other designs. The author includes a glossary of terms as well as information on materials and tools. "Well-written, imaginative — and just plain fun to read. I learned a lot about ways to make books that I never dreamed of. Ms. Laplantz is a creative genius." — Bassocantor Reviews
"This is a gorgeous book filled with beautiful projects." — The Sheepish Reader 'n' Writer

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #436193 in Books
  • Brand: imusti
  • Published on: 2016-07-20
  • Released on: 2016-07-20
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 10.90" h x .30" w x 8.20" l, .0 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 128 pages


  • Dover Publications

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

The work of internationally recognized artist and author Shereen LaPlantz has appeared in countless gallery exhibitions and museums throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Europe, and Africa. Her basketry and artists' books are featured in numerous permanent collections, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Customer Reviews

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5Excellent Instructions & Photos
By OnMyHappyFeet
Favorite book art instruction book, borrowed from the library and needed it again and again so I bought my own copy. Excellent instructions, photos of alternate choices, encourages creativity, covers basics and shows examples of colorful adaptations to advance beyond basics.

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5Five Stars
By D. Cal
Very good.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
By Heather

This book is great for beginner book makers as well as advanced book makers. It is all encompassing and includes different binding techniques, cover techniques, and signature techniques. Shereen LaPlantz begins by defining the terms and materials she will use throughout the book which is very helpful because you can always go back to the beginning as a reference. I learned so much about the different parts of the book, and different techniques that can be used throughout the book making process. This book would be very beneficial to anyone looking to bind a book of their own. The process is primarily for artists' books, books that are playful and full of imagination not just your typical bound book.

The passion that Shereen LaPlantz shows for book making inspires you to make a book of your own. She walks you through the process of making different types of books listing the materials and methods used for each book. Not only are you learning about different book types, but you learn how to make it yourself. The instructions are very concise, and have pictures that explain very clearly what you should do. The pictures that she chooses as examples inspire you and spark your creativity.

I never knew how many different types of books I could make, but after reading this the book making process seems like so much fun and such a great way to express your imagination. I want to try making a book myself immediately!

**I received this copy from Netgalley for my honest review**

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