Worktable Wednesday

Today I started working on this week’s Improv book and as per my usual, I’ve been adding inspirations to my Improv Pinterest board. One of the pins is for the Irish drinking song The Moonshiner, which has really fun lyrics.

I especially like the line – “If you don’t like me, leave me alone”. I think I have my cranky pants on today.

I guessed that Marianna’s dog had a meaningful name and I wasn’t wrong. According to Wikipedia:

Dolina is a Slavic toponym, meaning “valley” or “dale”.

What a lovely choice!

For whatever reason, I found myself drawn to Hedi Kyle’s Crown Binding. I’ve made the binding before, but not for an artists’ book. I decided to make a model as a refresher, so I followed Alisa Golden‘s directions in Making Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, Structures & Forms.

The Crown Binding is simply genius. It starts with an origami-ish folded spine:

Crown binding - spine

The triangles at the top and bottom of the spine fold down to secure folios:

Crown binding model

Crown binding model

The binding requires no glue – the folds hold everything in place. Like I said – genius.

I’m not yet sure how all of this week’s themes are going to combine into a book, but I have some solid leads. Come back on Saturday to see the completed book!

6 Responses to “Worktable Wednesday”

By Donna M - 23 January 2015 Reply

I got out my copy of ‘Making Handmade Books’ by Alisa Golden and sure enough, there it was. I will have to try it. My book has several bookmarks in it of books I want to try. Now I added this one. I will have to try it this weekend. Thanks for the info. I can’t wait to see how you develop the book.

By Elissa - 25 January 2015 Reply

Donna –

The Crown Binding is definitely easier if you use a soft, flexible paper. Stiffer papers tend to crack.


By Marianna - 25 January 2015 Reply

What a great version of the Moonshiner!
Just so you know, Dolina does mean the valley and we chose it as it is a Polish word we can all actually pronounce, plus Rik sings a Polish song called Dolina. Her full Polish name is Mglista Dolina, which translates to Misty Valley.

By Elissa - 25 January 2015 Reply

Marianna –

Aha! Wikipedia was right. It’s a very pretty name for a pretty doggie.


By Anonymous - 5 August 2015 Reply

I got confused by Alisa’s directions (could be the wine) on this one. Googled her name and Crown Binding and up came your blog. Thanks to your photos, I quickly realized what the extra four pages were for (d’uh). I had a 1950s San Francisco Chronicle and photocopied pages. My book was made from pages of the movie reviews.

By elissa - 5 August 2015 Reply

Glad that my blog post was helpful to you. 🙂


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