A Tisket, A Tacket…

Handbound book with tacket binding and fabric cover

A red and black book jacket. My apologies to Ella Fitzgerald.  That’s not how the song goes of course. Tacket refers to a hand sewing method of binding a book. Basically, it resembles a running stitch that is wrapped.  Studio CaiLun has a very clear tutorial using this form of hand sewn binding. The wrapped effect of the binding gives the spine a bit of a jazzed look.

Above is my finished book with tacket binding.  The cover of this book and the Ninja book below is made from cotton fabric purchased from KimonoMomo. The fabric is backed with nylon tricot and then glued onto the book boards.

 

Handbound "Ninja" book with tacket binding

Not sure if I will use a tacket binding for the books that I sell. It is rather labor intensive, as the wrapping takes a bit of time. The end result looks quite pretty, so I may reserve this technique for gift items or special orders.

And while I’m on the subject of bookbinding, here is my attempt at the “Rope” stitching described by Keith Smith in “1, 2, & 3 Section Sewings:  Non-Adhesive Binding Volume III”.

Record book with rope binding

The rope binding is another decorative wrapping technique and done with two needles, one at each end of  a single length of thread. It also lends an attractive appearance to the spine. The record book is part of a collection of  old 45s and 33 1/3 rpm records that I handcut and bind to create a blank journal or sketchbook. None of the records are playable and so they are recycled into another life.

After sewing with the rope binding, I realized that there are many other techniques that can be used in hand sewing a binding. Some that come to mind are used in finishing the ends of a weaving project:  twining, twisting, braiding and plaiting to name a few. I’m sure that tapestry techniques such as soumak can also be incorporated into a bookbinding technique. I really like the idea of  sharing forms from various media, and so my experiments continue.

Red Envelope Book

I know, I know. It’s been several months since my last entry.  And I was so hoping to wish all of you a Happy New Year in 2011.  Since I missed that date, how about a “Happy Chinese New Year – the Year of the Rabbit”. So here are my best wishes for a Happy and Healthy Chinese New Year!  And a fun book to share in honor of the occasion.

 

Accordion Fold Book with Red Envelopes for Pages

Accordion Fold Spine of Red Envelope Book

This was a little something I made while I was putting off my real work, and that is making more blank journals for some upcoming spring shows. The accordion fold is made from Tyvek which I painted with Jacquard Dynaflow paints to match the various reds of  the envelopes, inside covers  and fabric front and back covers. The paper on both inside covers is Thai mango paper.  The fabric covering the front and back  is recycled from a child’s robe. Here is a photo of the red envelope book closed:

 

Fabric cover of the Red Envelope Book

Back to work now so I can earn some crisp dollars to fill up those envelopes!