by Sue Doggett
Quintet Publishing, 1998
|Diagrams are clear, and photos show well-constructed "artistic" books.
|The book is broad rather than deep in its coverage of techniques, and focuses on "quick wins" rather than solid craft.
I was given this book by Martin for Christmas of 2001. It is a mass-market book, less concerned with difficult techniques than with instant successes. It covers sewing on tapes, but does not go as far as rounding and backing books.
- The Good Stuff
- This is a broad-based book, touching on Japanese stab-stich bindings as well as Western techniques. The projects are "quick wins", which are likely to be successful on the first go. It contains a wealth of creative ideas, interspersed with pictures of books by artists using (mostly) techniques from the book.
- Could Do Better
- It is almost entirely lacking in the difficult techniques like rounding and backing, trimming pages, or covering in leather. The projects are not generally to my taste. I have been willing to put in the time to learn the difficult techniques of fine binding. This book is more focussed on "artistic", easily produced works.
- Best Bit
- The book has very good information on areas I haven't gone deeper into, like Japanese stab-stich bindings. Where I'm a dilletante, I find this book useful. Where I am serious, I look elsewhere.