"The Art and Craft of Handmade Books by Shereen LaPlantz
THE ART AND CRAFT OF HANDMADE BOOKS is one BEWILDERING book, full of astonishing creations. Books are dull things, right? No way!
When you open the cover of this book, you are in for a SHOCK. I had no idea whatsoever of the many creative ways to make a book. My favorite is the “Six-Armed Star Tassel Book."
"Skewer" book--no problem; "Coptic Stich"-we got you covered. What about "Two Signature Pamphlet Stitch"--of course! And one type of book is like a TUNNEL! What??
Each method of book creation is illustrated with color photos or illustrations. Then, the author presents detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to create the binding. There are also "Tip" sidebars that give more information.
For example, under the section for Coptic Stitch, the author recommends one "Sew from the middle outward. It's easier to fish the needles out that way."Excellent tips!
So all in all, I thought this was an outstanding book.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.
On a special note, the author points out many people who helped her out whilst she was undergoing treatment for cancer! Bravo, Bravo to those kind assistants!