As I learn about the Hemp Leaf Binding I decided to write up a quick tutorial. Here it is.
First, you’ll need some paper for
the pages. The size is your choice but it should be thin. Hemp leaf
binding ~ most Japanese bindings, in fact ~ favor thin pages and thin
covers. Craft paper makes for a good cover as it is thick enough to be a
cover yet thin enough to work properly. Then, get a scrap piece of
paper the same height as your cover. On this scrap piece of paper we are
going to mark the holes for stabbing.
There will be seven holes. There will be two rows: one row will have
four holes labelled 1A ~ 4A.; The other row will have three holes with
clever names like 1B, 2B, and 3B. The row with four holes should be
about 10 mm (a bit less than half an inch) from the edge. The row with
three holes should be about 5 mm (half the distance from the edge to the
row with four holes) from the edge. The distance between the holes
should be the same.
Let's start at the very beginning, which I'm told is a very nice place to start. The beginning is the hard part.
Here’s the short version:
Go to the front of 2A, then wrap the thread around the edge, ending up back at the front at 2A.
Go to 2B and wrap the thread around the edge, ending up at the back of 2B.
From the back of 2B, go to 2A. From the front of 2A, go to 3A. From the back of 3A, go to 2B.
From 2B, go to 3A and wrap the thread around the edge.
Go to 3B and wrap the thread around the edge.
Go to 3A and from the back of 3A, go to 4A.
From 4A go to 3B. From the back of 3B, go to 4A
At 4A, wrap the thread around both edges.
From the front of 4A go to 3A.
From the back of 3A go to 2A.
From the front of 2A go to 1B. Wrap the thread around the edge.
From the back of 1B go to 2A.
From the front of 2A go to 1A and wrap the thread around one edge.
Go to 1B. From the front of 1B, go to 1A and wrap the thread round the other edge.
From 1A, go to 2A. Somehow find the end of the thread that’s in the middle and tie it off.
should end up looking something like this. Hopefully, you'll be able to
follow my instructions. If not, well, tell me about it.
But most of all, enjoy trying your hand at this binding, if you don't already know it.
Thanks for dropping by.