Handmade fine leather journals, sketchbooks, wedding guest books and memory books by artisan bookbinder Susan Green.

Unusual Books and a Hot Dog

by Susan Green March 24, 2014

Here's all the information from my PTLLS micro teach workshop on 'Unusual Books and a Hot Dog'. It was fantastic good fun showing you how to make a book out of a single sheet of paper, thanks for providing such a 'safe and supportive learning environment' (sorry, no Harvard reference!).

Unusual Bindings: Sewn 

  1. Longstitch with Linkstitch
  2. Secret Belgian
  3. Japanese Stab Stitch
  4. Coptic

Unusual Bindings: Folded

  1. Accordion (aka Concertina)
  2. Double Accordion
  3. Blizzard
  4. Turkish Map Fold
  5. Tulip Fold
  6. Hot Dog

You can Google these and check out my Pinterest board of interesting bindings for examples. 

Hot Dog

Instructions handout copyright Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord, 2008

YouTube instructional video by Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord

 Hot Dog Tips:

  1. Square paper gives a tall, narrow book
  2. Oblong paper gives a short, wide book
  3. Patterned paper: start folding with the pattern face up if you want the pages to be patterned
  4. Experiment with different dimensions, types, weights and patterns of paper

Extension activities:

  1. Identify page layout with front and back covers and pages 1-6. Great for publishing your own zines, books and marketing material.
  2. Larger Hot Dog: make additional booklets and glue them on front cover to back cover, to extend the number of pages.
  3. Nestled Hot Dog: make a larger booklet, glue smaller booklets inside each page (did you see Sky's awesome approach to this?) 

Ideas for use:

  1. Notebook for one-off college / training session, field-trip, etc
  2. Holiday scrapbook
  3. Creative presentation of a document e.g. reflective learning journal
  4. Marketing brochures for events
  5. Storytelling / graphic novels
  6. Single project sketchbook e.g. drawing, collage, mixed media
  7. Photo album (cut a slit in the four corners of each page to slip the corners of the photos in to)
  8. Publishing your own zines & books (use page layout software to produce digitally, or make by hand then photocopy several copies)
  9. Teaching children how to make a book with drawing & writing activities (I did this very successfully with my 7 year old goddaughter, she loved it!)
  10. Wedding invitation (Sarah's idea - such a good one!)

    I hope you find these resources useful and enjoy experimenting with your own adventures in bookbinding! If you've got any questions or if you'd like to be kept informed of workshops, please email me: info (at) boundbyhand.co.uk. Meanwhile, I'll be in my kitchen extracting DNA from strawberries!


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    Size Guide
    Memory Books, Guest Books, Condolence Books, Journals and Sketchbooks

    All dimensions indicate external dimensions of the closed book. Memory Books have 128 pages of heavy paper & spacers for inclusions; Guest Books, Journals & Sketchbooks have Mohawk Superfine Smooth 118gsm paper, usually 192 pages unless otherwise indicated in the product listing. Pagination can be adjusted a little for bespoke books, speciality artists' papers on request.

    A4 Large Portrait 12 inches or 305 mm 8.5 inches or 215 mm 1.5 inches or 38 mm
    A4 Large Landscape 8.5 inches or 215 mm 12 inches or 305 mm 1.5 inches or 38 mm
    A5 Medium Landscape 6 inches or 155 mm 8.5 inches or 215 mm 1.5 inches or 38 mm
    A5 Medium Portrait 8.5 inches or 215 mm 6 inches or 155 mm 1.5 inches or 35 mm
    A6 Small Landscape 4.5 inches or 114 mm 6 inches or 155 mm 1 inch or 25 mm
    A6 Small Portrait 6 inches or 155 mm 4.5 inches or 114 mm 1 inch or 25 mm
    Miniature Journals

    96 pages of Mohawk Superfine 118gsm paper

     One Size 3 inches or 76 mm 2.25 inches or 60 mm 20 mm or 0.75 inches
    Simple Wrap Journals

    60 pages of 130 gsm paper

     One Size 6 inches or 148 mm approx.  4.5 inches or 108 mm approx. 20 mm or 0.75 inches
    Paperback Notebooks

    With Mohawk Superfine 118gsm paper

     A4 Large 297 mm or 11.5 inches approx. 205mm or 8.25 inches approx. 64 pages
    A5 Medium 210 mm or 5.75 inches approx. 145 mm or 5.75 inches approx. 56 pages
    A6 Small  150 mm or 6 inches approx. 100 mm or 4 inches approx. 48 pages
    A7 Pocket 106 mm or 4.25 inches approx. 72 mm or 2.75 inches approx. 40 pages
    Accordion Books

    8 pages of Mohawk heavy paper

    A5 Medium Portrait TBC
    A6 Small Landscape