This is one of the ranunculus I planted this summer from my sister. It is finished blooming now and the weather is getting cooler. I had the windows open today and was just thinking I won’t be able to open them for much longer. Soon the leaves will be changing. I guess it is time to say goodbye to summer.
Anyway, I wanted to share with you the resources I used to learn bookbinding. I thought I’d try to save a little money by looking for as much information as I could online. With so much out there on the internet these days, I figured it would be a good idea to check before buying books, or paying for a class. After lots of searching I eventually found some really good tutorials, blogs, and youtube videos on binding and making books. It was enough to get me started. I’m sure I’m still missing a lot, but here is what was helpful to me:
- The Paper Studio has two YouTube videos that helped me. One on the basic tools you need, and another about how to glue for bookbinding.
- Sage Reynolds Channel on YouTube was probably the most helpful. As a complete beginner with no background knowledge of bookbinding, Sage Reynolds clearly explains and demonstrates how to make boxes, books, and portfolios.
- Bookbinders Chronicles is another YouTube channel dedicated to bookbinding. They are pretty easy to understand, but these videos have no sound and I found them less engaging than Sage Reynolds videos.
- Books, Boxes, and Portfolios: Binding, Construct and Design, Step-by-Step by Franz Zeier is the only book I got. It was a little difficult for me to follow at first, but combined with Reynolds videos I found it very helpful as a reference. I don’t think that this book or any other book is necessary to get started. I mostly used video tutorials anyway because they were easier for me to understand as a beginner.
- Badger and Chirp, is a great blog with lots of helpful information about tools and materials used in bookbinding. They also do workshops across the country.
- Damask love is another great blog by Amber Kemp-Gerstel who has made some video tutorials on bookbinding.
If you have found any other resources that were helpful to you, please leave a comment below. Thanks!