Handmade Monday: Japanese Stab Binding


Simple, yet elegant, the Japanese Stab Binding is one of the first book structures I learned how to make. There is no glue involved and it takes the most basic materials. These particular covers are hand printed Nepalese Lokta papers bound with waxed linen cord, but any papers, threads, yarns, or cording could be used. It’s versatile, secure, and easy to make.  As an artist, it was satisfying for me to witness the little book gems that emerged.

Steps for Stab Binding

Some of the steps to achieve a side-sewn binding. AKA Japanese Stab Binding

Japanese Stab Binding. Carol Parker Mittal book binding.

I participated in a make-it-take-it open house at Blackbird Arts last week where I taught visitors this structure in 20 minutes or less!


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