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In Japanese binding the idea is to join up every hole. (It's fun to create your own stitch patterns too!)
The second of these two examples of noble binding is decorated with two quilled flowers. A panel was cut away in the bookboard before covering, and a lightweight piece of card glued to the back of the board. This technique lends itself to many decorative possibilities.
These hard-bound books open more successfully if the width of the book is significantly greater than the height.
A simple traditional Japanese stab-binding. This book is bound with ribbon. The holes need to be quite wide for this (I use a drill for making the holes) as the ribbon will pass through the each hole 2 or 3 times. Acid-free cartridge paper (130gsm) has been used for the text pages, and every other page has been folded at the hinge-end (the width of the fold equalling the width of the spine). This allows items to be glued in the book without the fore-edge 'bulging'.
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